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Richard J. Barnett and Robert Manning's review of 'The Hawkline Monster'
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Books Briefly | The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western

by Richard J. Barnett? and Robert Manning?

There ought to be a law against the exuberance of book jacket blurbs which describe relatively modest literary efforts as "major novels." Brautigan himself might decry this term found on the jacket of his latest work. The Hawkline Monster offers bearable suspense about a monster that dwelled in the ice caves below a Gothic mansion in Oregon seventy years ago along with poetic imagery, a dash of sex, and some comic effects. It has its moments but one is not likely to remember them. A pleasant hour of reading, it qualifies as a minor entertainment rather than a major work.


The Progressive?
January 1975: 39


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