Information about Brautigan's 'The Tokyo-Montana Express'
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Note: The Tokyo-Montana Express is currently out-of-print but second-hand copies can sometimes be found.

The dedication reads: For Richard? and Nancy Hodge


Online Samples


Short Reviews

Ackroyd, Peter. "From the American Playground: A Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." The Sunday Times [London] 12 Apr. 1981: 43.

Anonymous. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." Kirkus Reviews 15 August 1980: 1093-1094.

Anon. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." People Weekly 1 Dec. 1980: 16.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." Publishers Weekly 19 Sept. 1980: 144-145.

Brosnahan, John. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." The Booklist 1 October 1980: 181.

Clark, Jeff. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." Library Journal 105(20) 15 November 1980: 2430.

Daily, Robert. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." Saturday Review October 1980.

Harper, Cathy. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] April 1981: 30.

Jackson, Mick. "Books: I Wish I'd Written." Guardian 2 January 1997: 2, 15.

Jones, Lewis. "Amis of Industry?." Punch 25 Aug. 1982: 292.

McCaffery, Larry. "Keeping Track Of Life." San Diego Union 2 Nov. 1980: Book Section: 5.

Mellors, John. "Trick or Treat?." Listener 14 May 1981: 652.

Milazzo, Lee. "Journey Into the Fantastic." Dallas Morning News 23 Nov. 1980: 4G.

Mitgang, Herbert. "Home on the Range." The New York Times Book Review 26 Oct. 1980: 59.

Rimer, Thomas. "A Ride on Brautigan's Very Remarkable Train?." St. Louis Globe-Democrat 13-14 December 1980: 20A.

Sinclair, Andrew. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." The Times [London] 9 April 1981: 12.

Skorupa, Joseph. "Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express." Best Sellers December 1980: 309.

Stuewe, Paul. "The Joys of Jersey and Battlefield Notes from the Cola War." Quill & Quire March 1981: 62.


Longer Reviews

Aucoln, Jim. "Crete Stop for Brautigan." Lincoln Journal/Star [Nebraska] 9 November 1980: 15TV [special entertainment section].

Berry, John D. "Taking a Ride with Richard Brautigan." Washington Post Book World 19 Oct. 1980: 14.

Carpenter, Don. "Brautigan Writing at his Peak." San Francisco Examiner 2 Nov. 1980: 6.

Carver, Raymond. "Brautigan Serves Werewolf Berries and Cat Cantaloupe." Chicago Tribune Book World 26 Oct. 1980: 3. Reprinted in Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose. New York: Vintage, 2001: 258-259.

Greenwell, Bill. "Lobster Eating." New Statesman 8 May 1981: 21.

Halpern, Sue. "A Pox on Dullness: A Review of Still Life With Woodpecker and The Tokyo-MontanaExpress?." The Nation 20 Oct. 1980: 415-417.

Kline, Betsy. "Express Takes Readers on Journey That Rambles Through Author's Mind." Kansas City Star 21 Dec. 1980): 1,12D.

Mason, Michael. "The Pancakes and the President." Times Literary Supplement 1 May 1981: 483.

McEnroe, Colin. "Brain Candy for Literary Sweet Tooth: A Review of The Tokyo-Montana Express and Still Life With Woodpecker." Hartford Courant 19 Oct. 1980: G8.

Pintarich, Paul. "Brautigan's Talents Lost in Gimmickry?." Oregonian 26 Oct. 1980: C4.

Ponicsan, Darryl. "Brautigan Engineers a Train of Uncoupled Empty Thoughts." Los Angeles Times Book Review 9 Nov. 1980: 1. Reprinted as "'Tokyo-Montana' Line Runs on Uncoupled Ideas." Oregonian 16 Nov. 1980: C4.

Sage, Lorna. "Travelling Light?." The Observer 19 April 1981: 32.

Story, John Trevor. "Cult Express." Punch 29 Apr. 1981: 679-180.

Swigart, Rob. "Review of Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins and The Tokyo-Montana Express by Richard Brautigan." American Book Review 3.3 (March-April 1981): 14-5.

Thomson, Robert. "Brautigan's Express Trip Past 130 Stops." Oakland Tribune 11 Jan. 1981: Calendar Section: 1,10.

Weinberger, Andy. "The Tokyo-Montana Express." Los Angeles Herald Examiner 9 November 1980: F5.

Witosky, Diane. "Riding the Rails with Brautigan." Des Moines Sunday Register 28 Dec. 1980): 5C.

Yourgrau, Barry. "An Uneasy Middle-Aged Soul?." The New York Times Book Review 2 Nov. 1980): 13.


Critical Essays

Crouch, Jeff. "Discontinuity in Richard Brautigan's The Tokyo-Montana Express?." Midwest Quarterly 33 (Summer 1992): 393-401.

Kušnír, Jaroslav. "Travelling, Displacement and Romantic Identity in Brautigan's Novels 'A Confederate General from Big Sur' 'The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966' and 'The Tokyo-Montana Express'." Teacher Training Curriculum Innovation Department of English Language and Literature, Presov University, Slovak Republic (1998): 68-73.

Turner, Barnard. "Making Silence: Asian/American Literature and the Turn to Japan in Richard Brautigan's Tokyo-Montana Express (1980) and David Mura's Turning Japanese (1991)." Asia and America: Influences and Representations, University of Singapore, Centre for Advanced Studies Research Papers Series nº 26, Chng Huang Hoon and Gilbert Yeoh, editors. (November 2000): 35-60.



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Criticism in Other Languages


Klähn, Bernd. "Der Mann aus Montanas Bergen. Eine Vorliebe für fernöstliche Mentalität: Romane und Gedichte Richard Brautigans." Die Zeit 25 Mar. 1988.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link)for more information on The Tokyo-Montana Express.


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