Colin Waters' review of 'So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away'
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by Colin Waters?

So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away. Richard Brautigan. Rebel Inc. #6.99 "I wish I had been hungry for a hamburger instead of bullets," Brautigan's narrator laments near the start of So The Wind, looking back on the childhood incident that was to knock his life out of its groove. The knowledge that his only friend would still be alive if he'd spent his pocket money on snack food instead of .22 cartridges imbues the story with a fine melancholic mist.

Not that this slim volume isn't frequently hilarious. It is — though its static style seems designed as much to deflect pain as to coax out the chuckles. And despite its 1940s setting, in its depiction of the casual havoc wrought by kids toying with guns, So The Wind is all too prescient.

The Sunday Herald?
April 1, 2001

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