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Revenge of the Lawn: Stories, 1962-1970 (Rebel Inc. Classics)

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A collection of 62 very short stories set in 1960s California, particularly around the author's home town of San Francisco. Richard Brautigan is the author of "Willard & His Bowling Trophies", "Trout Fishing in America", "In Watermelon Sugar" & "A Confederate General From Big Sur".
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1/3, 1/3, 1/3 --
The gathering of
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 27th 2000 by Rebel inc. (first published June 1st 1963)
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Jacob Pickering-Esquibel
Sep 14, 2007 Jacob Pickering-Esquibel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one
I found this book on a dusty shelf and took every word down like water. This book was just as thirsty as I was. Let have a drink together I said!

A compilation of works that are more flash fiction than short stories, Brautigan's unique voice is displayed in 62 pieces set in San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Too many of the stories feel like the first brush strokes of a bigger work - abandoned and stacked like the detritus of a forgotten childhood an attic to be discovered and published 50 years later. Here's what I mean: one of the stories, "The Gathering of a Californian", is four paragraphs long - 1/2 of page - and it reads like
Larry Bassett
Brautigan died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” at the age of 49 in 1984. Up until that moment, he was one of my favorite living authors. I was distressed.

He was brought up in poverty and suffered abuse. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and clinical depression in his early 20s and was treated with shock therapy. He was an alcoholic. Trout Fishing in America was published in 1967 and made him famous.

He had one daughter, Ianthe Elizabeth Brautigan, born in 1960. Her one book You
Apr 14, 2010 shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
in lieu of any review, let me just present the text of one of my favorite stories from this collection.


The largest ocean in the world starts or ends at Monterey, California. It depends on what language you are speaking. My friend's wife had just left him. She walked right out the door and didn't even say good-bye. We went and got two fifths of port and headed for the Pacific.
It's an old song that's been played on all the jukeboxes in America. The song has been around so lon
اهالي ادبيات يا آنطور كه خودشان مي گويند :ادبياتچي ها ، حتمن برايتگان را مي شناسند و خيلي هم راجع به اين نويسنده آمريكايي حرف مي زده اند و مي زنند البته طيف ديگري هم هستند كه راجع به او حرف مي زنند كه همان مثلن روشنفكران ريغووی مو قشنگ و در مورد خانومها خانومهاي كچل مانتو قشنگ هستند كه بگذريم اما چرا اين هر دو دسته را نام بردم و با اينكارم جان خودم را به خطر انداختم
من وقتي مي خواهم با نويسند ه اي آشنا شوم اول خوب اطلاعات جمع مي كنم راجع به معروفترين و بهترین كارش و مي روم درست سراغ همان بهترین
براتیگان ِدیوانه‌ی لعنتی ِدوست‌داشتنی
A sweet collection of short tales that are surreal, comical and dark, often at the same time. Richard Brautigan might be read as an opposition to great American literature, which is of course packed with great, intelectual and complex text, which critics and scholars spend their life analysing. Brautigan's stories are most unusual and humorous and simply weird; he's not that interested in creating an impact on any sort of culture or style, but simply wants to evoke certain emotions in the reader ...more
Narges Moini
May 15, 2013 Narges Moini rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Narges by: Arghavan
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هر روز كه دوست من مي رفت سر كار، مي ديد سگ يك خرده بيشتر مرده است. از وقت مردنش خيلي گذشته بود اما سگ اين قدر سرش گرم مردن شده بود كه ديگر راه مرگ را گم كرده بود. اين دور و برها خيلي از پيرپاتال ها اين جوري مي شوند. بس كه پير مي شوند و با مرگ زندگي مي كنند، وقتي لحظه ي جان دادنشان مي رسد راه را گم مي كنند.
Aug 15, 2013 Arghavan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: تمامیِ براتیگان‌دوست‌های جهان :-"
شصت‌ودوتا از داستان‌های کوتاه براتیگان توی این کتاب هست. داستان‌کوتاه‌های خیــلی کوتاه؛ میانگین دوصفحه! اکثراً توصیف یه تصویر، یا یه اتفاق کوچیک ه. «داستان»ِ خاصی نیست؛ بیشتر نثر براتیگان، خل‍اقیت براتیگان ه که باعث می‌شه آدم به خوندن ادامه بده. اگه کل‍اً براتیگان‌دوست نیستید، نخونید ترجیحا. حوصله‌تون سر می‌ره. :یشصت‌ودوتا از داستان‌های کوتاه براتیگان توی این کتاب هست. داستان‌کوتاه‌های خیــلی کوتاه؛ میانگین دوصفحه! اکثراً توصیف یه تصویر، یا یه اتفاق کوچیک ه. «داستان»ِ خاصی نیست؛ بیشتر نثر براتیگ ...more
بعد از پس باد [] بهترین براتیگان ـیه که خوندم. انگار تیکه‌های مختلف از داستان‌های مختلف رو رندوم‌وار جمع کرده کنار هم. خیلی خوبه. :]
دیوانه-ی این دیوانه-ام
Ryan Werner
These stories - written between 1962 and 1970 - range from surreal and dark to whimsical and weightless, usually all at once. Results vary, but brilliance is apparent.

Even though it’s important to revise work and emphasize the “craft” part of narrative craft, there’s something to be said of first drafts. To call the stories in Richard Brautigan’s 1971 collection Revenge of the Lawn (Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-20960-4) “raw” or “perfectly flawed” doesn’t really do the stories justice. Most
Well here's another review no one will read. Another few K tossed into the giant pool of Internet detritus. The stories in this book are really short; they're probably about 2 pages average. They're more scenes and/or images than actual stories with plot or established characters or any of that. So you'd better be really good at getting down to the heart of things in absolutely no time flat, which Brautigan absolutely is. Some of the stories work less well than others, but Revenge of the Lawn is ...more
Ben Loory
some of the early stories in this collection-- the ones that really come together at the end-- are among the best i have ever read. "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" and "Pacific Radio Fire," for example. many of the other stories read more like fragments but are still fascinating because it's brautigan and he'd can't write a sentence without it breaking your heart and making you laugh.

here's the entirety of the story "Trick or Treating Down to the Sea in Ships":

As a child I used to play at Halloween as if I were
Judy Lindow
Brautigan can display a picture, draw a character, and tell a story-antidote, like no other. His work is like a polaroid with twin powers of malaise and the brilliance of what it means to be human. Humanity, freshly lit and and at once mired with quirks, indecision, screwy habits, amazement and flush with fantasy. Unpredictable metaphors are: whimsical, poignant, and always stealth. Who will ever know if these koans are more often inspired from drinking or sitting?

I'd forgotten that there were
"'It's very hard to live in a studio apartment in San Jose with a man who's learning to play the violin.' That's what she told the police when she handed them the empty revolver."

The Scarlatti Tilt in its entirety. One of many bizarre short stories in this collection from a very gifted story teller.
I picked up an old copy of this book while I was in Paris, France on vacation back in 2008. I was drawn to how strange the cover was, and I bought it based on a glimpse of the authors unique writing s
Bud Smith
Yes, this made me irrationally happy. One story in particular called "The Literary Life in California/1964", stood out above all the others. Seek it out, right now.
Great selection of funny, sad, weird and quirky short stories from a beat generation writer who should be as well known as Jack Kerouac.
Brautigan makes me confident that anyone can write a short story given you have a few original ideas and a few spare hours at night to chip away at it.
I especially love the short story about his daughter hearing him tell and retell a story about himself from his childhood over and over and over again and she never gets sick of it. This was even more enjoyable
The quality, innovation and incisiveness of this little 1971 collection of short stories made my jaw drop at times. Brautigan is grouped with the Beats like Kerouac, Bukowski and Burroughs, and I can't believe I've overlooked him so long. Some of the writing (and humour) is dated but a lot of it is timeless. 'I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone' is hands down the best thing I've ever read about the feeling of love / infatuation.
Kye Alfred Hillig
So No, I don't love him because we are both Tacoma people. This man is truly one of the greatest writers I have ever had the chance of reading. It certainly doesn't hurt that a lot of Revenge of the Lawn is based out of my city but it wasn't the big sell. Brautigan's blend of sad humor is so rich that I can't help but love him. He is so great and yet doesn't seem to see any of it. So it goes.
هیچوقت نفهمیدم براتیگان قصدش داستان نوشتنه یا سرکار گذاشتن. قیافه اش هم از اون قیافه هاییه که با جدیت شوخی می کنن. گذشته از این حرف ها عکس برگردان پرچم آمریکا شروع بی نظیری داره تو این مجموعه. هیچوقت فراموشش نمیکنم
Hansen Wendlandt
The title story to Revenge of the Lawn is simply brilliant comedy, with no apparent purpose save the value of laughter: “They had devastating hangovers... suddenly one of the geese noticed that he did not have any feathers. He informed the other geese of their condition, too. They were all in despair." (13) Coffee takes a deeper turn, expressing moments of existential subtlety, again through humor: "Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords." (33) ...more
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The Independent: Many attempts have been made to define Richard Brautigan's work--Beat, scat, Zen Buddhist, magical-realist, hippie, cult, outsider, naïve, pacific, lunatic. Nowhere is his work's resistance to categorical designation more apparent than in Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970. I came across this oddest collection in my late teens, which might be a perfect age to discover Brautigan. The vim and originality of tones and images, the berserk plots and off-the-wal
Richard Brautigan is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I have been in the process of reading every book he has written that I can actually get my hands on. [Unfortunately, there are a number of works out-of-print.]

Revenge of the Lawn is a collection of short stories and snippets written in his usual quirky style. I find that all of his writings - even his novels - read like narrative poetry.

Here are two segments:

[From "The Lost Chapters of Trout Fishing in America: 'Rembrandt Creek' and '
Ed Eleazer
Shortly before his death, Jerry Stern started a contest for short, short fiction at Florida State U, one which I believe is ongoing to this day. The contest entails writing a complete story in 250 words or fewer. Had Richard Brautigan been alive when that contest began, he would have won a few, we might safely assume.Brautigan's collection of sixty-three short pieces originally written for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, Ramparts and the like is a small wonder. These are little Zen min ...more
In the late 60s and early 70s, I was a great big fan of Brautigan... at one time I'm pretty sure I owned every book he'd written up to that point. I don't know why I started thinking about him again recently, probably because I'd noticed his last book somewhere and picked it up. At any rate, I started wondering whether his work had actually been that good, or if I was just stoned and enjoying the ramblings of another stoner, so I started to look at finding some of the old stuff I'd loved back th ...more
Rose Boehm
I never came across Richard Brautigan when he was 'in'. Too busy learning English, having kids. I suppose he reads differently in 2012 because by now the understated way he writes his pain, the subtly surreal, his sense of humor, and the way he expresses tenderness must have informed a whole generation of writers and poets and perhaps no longer seems quite as revolutionary as his writing undoubtedly is - even today. What sets him apart from others is his total disregard for what 'may be expected ...more
This is my first Brautigan book, I feel I should mention. It's hard to judge from one whether he's a writer that I will ever just "get," but right now I'm thinking probably not. However, I think I really enjoy his writing because it makes me feel delightfully off-balance. And I hope you'll join me in putting quite a lot of emphasis on that little "I think" there. I simply can't tell when he's making a direct metaphor, being deliberately ambiguous, toying with the reader, throwing weird things in ...more
Brautigan writes with a whimsical touch in this collection of brief (some as short as two sentences) stories. His turns of phrase sometimes recall the terse absolutism of film noir, except with more of a loopy absurdism thrown in. Many, if not all, of these stories could be construed as being autobiographical. This, coupled with the recurrence of the idea of 'histories,' in various forms, leads to a general theme of reminiscence in Revenge of the Lawn. The tone is predominantly one of good humo ...more
I remembered having read this many years ago when working in Mississippi. I am having trouble remembering much about it other than really enjoying it and reading several of them over and over. Strange that I forgot about it completely and stranger still I cannot remember anything. I must now track this down and read it again.
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Richard Brautigan was a 20th century American writer. His novels and stories often have to do with black comedy, parody, satire, and Zen Buddhism. He is probably best known for his novel Trout Fishing in America. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1984.

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“Like some kind of strange vacuum cleaner I tried to console him. I recited the same old litanies that you say to people when you try to help their broken hearts, but words can't help at all.

It's just the sound of another human voice that makes the only difference. There's nothing you're ever going to say that's going to make anybody happy when they're feeling shitty about losing somebody that they love.”
“I have emotions

that are like newspapers that

read themselves.

I go for days at a time

trapped in the want ads.

I feel as if I am an ad

for the sale of a haunted house:

18 rooms


I'm yours

ghosts and all.”
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