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Richard Brautigan | The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966



A brief diverting tale set in California is narrated by the unnamed librarian of a depository for books which are brought in by their authors for safekeeping rather than for circulation since no titles ever leave the premises. The plot concerns the shattering effect on the young librarian when the beautiful Vida not only brings in her book but decides to remain with him. When they realize that Vida is pregnant they fly to Tijuana, Mexico where she undergoes an abortion. On one level the novel is a portrayal of contemporary California hedonism, on another it is a profile of a society that takes in deposits from life but gives back no issue to mankind.


The Booklist
July 1, 1971: 894


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