John Coleman's review of 'A Confederate General from Big Sur'
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Irishman at Large | A Confederate General from Big Sur

by John Coleman?

Richard Brautigan is an acquired taste and his six-year-old A Confederate General from Big Sur will be too slack and sugary for many. Again two staunch comrades, Jesse, who dribbles out vague fantasies and memories and incidents as they occur to him, and Lee Mellon, who claims his great-grandaddy was the hero of the title, shack up in cabins on the cliffs at Big Sur and sort of play at life. They seem lucky with their girls, buy a couple of alligators to silence the local frog population, half starve a times, but relish what comes. The most noteworthy arrival is a short, bald-headed crazy businessman who skips his demanding family once in a while: sometimes Lee has to chain him at nights. He cuts quite a swathe through the surrounding whimsy. Typically, Mr. Brautigan supplies five or six alternative endings.

The Observer
January 31, 1971: 23

Note: The above is an excerpt from a longer article which includes reviews of The Talking Trees by Sean O'Faolain, The Desperate Criminals by Roger Longrigg, A Soldier Erect by Brian W. Aldiss, and A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan.

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