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Phoebe-Lou Adams' review of 'Sombrero Fallout'
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Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan

by Phoebe-Lou Adams

Mr. Brautigan's novel proceeds on two levels. On one, a neurotic comic novelist mopes over his Japanese mistress, who has left him because "the upkeep was too complicated." On the other, the scraps in the wastebasket compose their own bloody fantasy. The meaning of all this is oblique and the style is relentlessly clever. As the author himself points out, "After a while non-stop brilliance has the same effect as non-stop boredom." Reckless of him.


The Atlantic Monthly, 238
November 1976: 118


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