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Richard Brautigan | Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel
Absurdity plays against pathos to the chunky rhythm of blunt, declarative sentences. A riot scene mushrooming from a dropped sombrero alternates with memories of the hero's failed love affair. His Japanese lover's dreams provide frequent pace-changing interludes; Norman Mailer's appearance at the riot adds a touch of understated humor. Brief, ingenious, the novel seems to follow Brautigan's eccentric muse wherever she leads, with little show of resistance.
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