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Richard Brautigan | Revenge of the Lawn

This book is a sort of general sweeping up after the other books — the stories, such as they are, were written between 1962 and 1970 — and might have been better titled, sequel-fashion, "Little Abortions" since none really seems to come full-term even by the loose standard Brautigan sets. There are some nice ideas, like the children of Tacoma, Washington, going to war in 1941, or the amours of his grandmother the bootlegger, or his childhood association of a slaughterhouse and "winning the war," but they function more as pretext than a reason for writing — for laying out little plots of mood with a stake here and there to hitch up a wag-tailed simile. Okay so long as the fey inspiration lasts, but this is Brautigan at his most puppy-mannered and inconsequential, the sun-dazed crickbank raconteur who'd perhaps do better to nap and begin afresh.

Kirkus Reviews?
August 1, 1971: 824

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