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Timothy Daum's review of 'Sombrero Fallout'
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Richard Brautigan | Sombrero Fallout

by Timothy Daum

Only Brautigan could squeeze 2.5 plots into so little space, call the concoction a novel, and still maintain the bittersweet insanity that has marked his work from the very beginning. Try, for instance, in your head to intertwine these stories: one hour in the life of an American humorist who is mourning having been left by his Japanese girlfriend; include in this story scenes of his meeting her for the first time, various images of her now making love with other men, and the excruciating impact of finding one of her hairs in his apartment. Add a sombrero which falls from the sky, has a temperature of 24 degrees below zero, and is the cause of an entire town going berserk and battling it out with U.S. troops. This turns out to be the story the American humorist is writing at the time. Add further: the Japanese girl, asleep in bed, and her cat, who gets hungry. It may be Brautigan's shortest novel, but there isn't a page that won't make you scratch your head, smile, or want to start it all over again.


Library Journal, 101(17)
October 1, 1976: 2084

Reprinted in The Library Journal Book Review 1976. Ed. Janet Fletcher. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1977. 619.


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