Information about Brautigan's 'So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away'
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Note: So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with Revenge of the Lawn and The Abortion: an Historical Romance 1966. Or if you prefer you can order the Rebel Inc. edition, which includes an introduction by Jeffrey Lent?.

The dedication reads: This book is for Portia Crockett? and Marian Renken?.


Online Samples

The entire book can be downloaded in Word format here(external link) (Note: although the site is also called The Brautigan Archives, it holds no relation with this site)


Short Reviews

Anonymous. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." Kirkus Reviews 1 July 1982: 743-44.

Anonymous. "New & Noteworthy." The New York Times Book Review 12 Feb. 1984, Sec. 7: 34.

Anonymous. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." People Weekly 25 Oct. 1982: 18.

Anonymous. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Playboy Oct. 1982: 30.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." Publisher's Weekly 25 June 1982: 108.

Brosnahan, John. "Upfront: Advance Reviews - So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away?." The Booklist Aug. 1982: 1482.

Durrant, Digby. "Review of So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away." London Magazine June 1983: 102,104.

Hackenberry, Charles. "Walden Reworked?." Thoreau Society Bulletin 165.3 (Fall 1983): 3.

Ives, George L. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." Library Journal August 1982: 1478.

Kenny, Kevin. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] Feb. 1983: 32.

Morley, Patricia. "Books. It May Not Be Literature But It's Still Entertaining." Birmingham News 26 Sept. 1982: 6E.

Pfaff, William. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away?." New Yorker 13 Sept. 1982: 172-173.

Scharnhorst, Gary. "Brautigan Produces a Yawner." Dallas Morning News 5 Dec. 1982: 4G.

Strell, Lois A. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away?." School Library Journal November 1982: 105.

Stuewe, Paul. "The English in India ... Entertaining Advice ... Words To Wow With." Quill & Quire Nov. 1982: 29.

Wagner, Joe. "Books in Brief." Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate 24 Oct. 1982: 15.

Warren, Eric. "Brautigan's Latest Novel: Experimental Tale Focuses on an Eccentric Boy." Christian Science Monitor 8 Aug. 1984: 28.

Waters, Colin. "Round Up." The Sunday Herald 1 Apr. 2001.


Longer Reviews

Atchity, Kenneth. "A Refrain along Brautigan's Oddpath." Los Angeles Times Book Review 19 Sept. 1982: 8.

Campbell, Peggy. "The Young Adult Perplex." Wilson Library Bulletin (December 1982): 334-5, 365-6.

Cohen, Joseph. "Fulfillment Elusive, Brautigan Reminds Us." New Orleans Times-Picayune 5 Sept. 1982: Section 3: 12.

DeMarinis, Rick. "Brautigan's Stylish Touch Turns a Grim Story into a Fairy Tale?." Chicago Tribune Book World 3 Oct. 1982: Sec 7, p.3.

Hunter, Timothy A. "Brautigan's Latest: 'Gentle, Brief, Slippery'." Baltimore Sun 5 Sept. 1982.

Kane, Jean. "Naive Tone Perfect for Brautigan Novel." Indianapolis Star 19 Sept. 1982: F4.

Kline, Betsy. "Gentle Wind Stirs Up Tragic Boyhood Memory." Kansas City Star 29 Aug. 1982: 10L.

Lippman, Amy. "The New Brautigan: A Silly Pretension." San Francisco Chronicle 2 Sept. 1982: 55.

Montrose, David. "Death of the Dream." Times Literary Supplement 22 Apr. 1983: 309.

Myerson, Jonathan. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Books & Bookmen Aug. 1983: 35.

Ottenberg, Eve. "Some Fun, Some Gloom." The New York Times Book Review 7 Nov. 1982: Sec.7, p.13,47.

Ronald, Ann. "Review of So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away." Western American Literature 18.2 (Summer 1983): 164-165.

Sage, Lorna. "Gone Fishing Again." The Observer 17 Apr. 1983: 32.

Traub, Nancy. "Brautigan Writes it Down Before it Becomes American Dust." Oakland Tribune 1 Apr. 1984: Calendar Section: 7.



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Criticism in Other Languages


Guillou, Romain. "4 Livres hors saison: Mémoirs sauvés du vent?" L'oeuil Électrique 10.


Piwitt, Hermann Peter. "Ich wünschte, ich hätt's geschrieben." Frankfurter Rundschau (Beilage) 10 Dec. 1996.


American Dust: La prefazione dell'editore Isbn(external link) Preface to the Italian translation of So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.

Belpoliti, Marco. "L'ultimo hippy(external link)." L'Espresso 8 Sept 2005: 104.

Cicala, Marco. "Brautigan: pallottole sui Seveties(external link)." Il Venerdi 5 Aug. 2005.

Dragosei, Francesco. "Dalla parte dell'irrealtà : La quotidianità avvolta da un cupo presagio(external link)." Diario 18 Nov 2005: 50.

Genovese, Alessandro. "L'America dei sogni persi. La potenza narrativa di Richard Brautigan, danza di vita e di morte(external link)." l'Adige 28 Jan 2009: 10.

Masci, Rachele. "America, la polvere della Beat Generation(external link)." Liberazione 14 Sept 2005: 3.

Montanaro, Marco. "American dust: La polvere d'America nelle parole di R. Brautigan(external link)." lettera.com 28 May 2008.

Rimondi, Francesca. "Un hamburger o i proietilli? Richard Brautigan: La polvere dei diciassette anni(external link)." Stilos 13 Sept 2005: 17.

Rota, Massimo. "Richard Brautigan: American Dust(external link)." Rolling Stone (Italian edition) 31 Aug. 2005: 158.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge, the following articles also discuss So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away, but I do not have a copy. If you have a copy and would be willing to share it with the Brautigan community, please contact me at birgit at cybernetic-meadows.net.

Grimal, Claude. "Sur l'Auteur de la "Pêche a la Truite." Quinzaine Litteraire 620 16 March 1993: 21.

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