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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,250 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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"Mr. Brautigan submitted a book to us in 1962 called TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA. I gather from the reports that it was not about trout fishing." ― The Viking Press
Paperback, Picador, 151 pages
Published 1972 by Pan Books Ltd. (first published 1964)
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mark monday
I went up to Portland for the weekend to see my friend Trout Fishing in America get married. Portland is a great town and my friend is a great guy. Unfortunately I got the stomach flu or food poisoning or something and so I missed out on all but 45 minutes of his wedding, and on seeing old friends and all the drinking and the strip clubs and the late night Voodoo donuts and the arcade that everyone loves. All of that. So I just sat on the porch of the house we rented. It was a beautiful house an...more
Brian
Dec 17, 2013 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Hadrian

Penned at the tail-end of the Beat movement, Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America is his surreal novel on the battle for humanity's soul waged between the high-stakes, ever expanding industrialism of the expiring 20th century and the salad days of nature worshiping 19th century.

The opening chapter of the book is fantastic and worth the investment in the novel just for those few pages alone. Even when the surrealism is thick Brautigan never lets go of his reader's hand. He wants us to see the pr...more
Hadrian
Trout Fishing in America is a book about 'half-assed trees', dogs so old they looked stuffed, and men who sell creeks by the yard. Trout Fishing in America is about outhouses, appliances in the woods, and bookstore owners who can tell your future by the type of sex you had with the woman upstairs.

Trout Fishing in America is about little boys named Trout Fishing in America, who write Trout Fishing in America in chalk on the backs of first-graders, trout fishing, and doctors who live in the deep w...more
Paul
Short and completely off the wall; published in 1967 and immediately a success with the counterculture. The favourite book of a number of ageing hippies I have known!
It has been compared to Kerouac and Burroughs, but I think that is mistaken; it is a different type of approach to the world. The chapters are short and informal. Trout Fishing in America appears as a person/persons throughout and has spawned at least one modern band and several sets of parents naming their unfortunate offspring Tr...more
Hossein
پی‌نوشت مترجم از کل کتاب جالب‌تر و جذاب‌تر بود
کتاب به فارسی غیرقابل خواندن
و برای خواننده ایرانی، غیرقابل فهم است
متن سرشار است از اسامی افراد، مکان‌ها، فیلم‌ها، کتاب‌ها و مجلات و ...
شبکه‌ای که فقط برای یک آمریکایی، آن هم یک آمریکایی از نسل براتیگان، معنا می‌سازد
شهرت و فروش جهانی کتاب، بیشتر باید یک تب روشنفکری باشد
اما درباره ترجمه
مترجم در عین آن‌که دیگری را برای ترجمه کمونیست به "اشتراک‌گرا" مسخره می‌کند
خودش عنوان مجله
life
را به زندگی ترجمه کرده است
و پمپ بنزین
time
را به "زمان"
در حالی که
palyboy
را تر...more
Aidan Watson-Morris
Sep 14, 2014 Aidan Watson-Morris added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of experimental stuff, people who romanticize the 60s
Shelves: 2013
a little vapid, but just fascinating in both form & content. first time i read it i loved the first few dozen pages, & then as i continued along grew alternately bored/frustrated/irritated & gave up at the 100pg mark. i've revisited it twice & grown more sympathetic each time. maybe more about its time than its art, or perhaps a heartening belief that the two can't be separated? brautigan's writing has an anachronistic poetry to it that has since been co-opted by coffee house her...more
Erik Graff
May 14, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: Tom Kosinski
Shelves: literature
Although my life was not very pleasant from the time of moving to Park Ridge in fifth grade until the beginning of high school, things began to pick up by the sophomore year. I joined the Social Science Society at school,a club dominated by older students who were predominately bookish and left-leaning. I made my first real friends, Rich Hyde and Hank Kupjack, both of whom also belonged to Tri-S.

Things got even better by the junior and senior years. It was the end of the sixties and what had hap...more
M. Sarki
Though I do believe this book was extremely important in its time I am not convinced it is any longer. I did enjoy rereading it as it brought back old and pleasant memories of a time first-called The Generation of Love. Richard Brautigan, after years of writing poetry and learning how to write a good sentence, made this first stab at composing a version of what he would come to call his very first novel. This first work made the rounds of many publishers and was pretty much shelved for other tit...more
Caris
A little like Vonnegut. A little like Bukowski. Beautifully simplistic. It was lovely to read. There were some really strange ideas and images as well as some genuinely profound thoughts. I especially liked the chapter where a guy was selling trout streams by the foot. He just had piles of them out back. Superficially, I think this might be a criticism of man's domination of nature, but I think there's more to it. Something about signs and babies and trout fishing and hitchhiking and names. Brau...more
Taylor K.
Finished this a few weeks ago, and would have much sooner, but I actually stopped reading it for a week 10 pages from the end, because I really wanted it to linger, though the good news is that it's short enough that I will probably reread it sooner/more frequently than some of my other favorites.

The kind of book that I loved without entirely knowing why, but a few highlights:
--Brautigan is from Tacoma, Washington, and I am from Washington, and started this on my way back from my vacation there,...more
Dan
Richard Brautigan's easy-going, beyond informal style should be the easiest thing in the world for today's internet-saavy to read - the freestyle association, onomatopoeia, and occasional anthropomorphism fits right in with any lolcats-humorist. In his most famous work, Brautigan fires off tiny snippets of genius with Trout Fishing in America inserted as whatever concept or person he focuses on. Occasionally, he ties some of the concepts together on a whim. Amidst all this very 60's attitude and...more
Trin
Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t get it.

I may need to start singing the “Small World” song, however, as I happened to notice that this book is dedicated to someone named Ron Loewinsohn. “Huh,” I thought. “I had a professor at Berkeley named Ron Loewinsohn. I wonder if it could be the same guy?”

Two minutes of Wikipedia research reveals: yup! Same dude! Apparently he and Brautigan were good friends back in the day. Many years later, Loewinsohn is vying for the title of my favorite college professor. (...more
Brian
This is the first time I've met Trout Fishing in America. And although I fished almost everyday in my youth and caught hundreds of Trout, I never realized that the guy with me was Trout Fishing in America. We'd always stop at Ledet's Supermarket and buy bread, ham, and a small jar of mayonnaise on our way to the trout rooms. We'd sit in our small boat with corks bobbing in the room and eat ham sandwiches. We'd look at the sky and see rabbits, angels, or toaster ovens in the clouds. And we'd appr...more
Roy Kesey
Genius book. Astounding turns, one after another. Only a few bits of the language have gone a bit dated. I used two of my favorite sentences as part of the little machine-built-of-epigrams at the beginning of Any Deadly Thing.

Another favored bit:

"The old drunk told me about trout fishing. When he could talk, he had a way of describing trout as if they were a precious and intelligent metal."
Robby
Mar 30, 2014 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Adventurous Readers
Recommended to Robby by: Self
["Don't worry about him," the girl said. "These things make no difference to him. He's rich. He has 3,859 Rolls Royces." The girl was very pretty and her body was like a clear mountain river of skin and muscle flowing over rocks of bone and hidden nerves.] Upon re-reading this short novel some forty years later; I have to say it was nostalgic for me, putting a smile on my face and good memories in the old noggin. My initial introduction to Richard Brautigan's works was in the early 70s in Austin...more
Gabriele
Lo so, lo so cosa state pensando. Che alla fine mi sono dato alla pesca. Della trota, magari.

Mh, no, non è proprio così. Diciamo che il signor Richard Brautigan poteva metterci un po' più di impegno nello scegliere il titolo di questa suo "romanzo postmoderno", perchè, francamente, non è che invogli molto a leggere un libro se lo intitoli "Pesca alla trota in America". Sembra il titolo di un manuale di, boh, direi pesca.

(Concisione, Gabriele, concisione o qui viene fuori un romanzo)

Dicevo, lasci...more
robert
Richard Brautigan is the favorite author of a woman I loved and finally after years I have read him. I appreciate his short story 1/3 1/3 1/3 and his poem Machines of Loving Grace. I honor him for enduring for years the deep sorrow that eventually caused him to take his own life. But regretfully I ask: what the hell is this? Local color? An attempt at humor ("you had to be a plumber to fish that creek")? Is it supposed to be friendly and accessible like Rod McKuen("next year somebody else will h...more
Ned Mozier
Either I've outgrown or forgotten the beats or this isn't truly representative. I can't seem to return to Kerouac, having tried Dr. Sax recently, though I loved his early books when I read them in my youth. Burroughs too, the autobiographical ones especially. Trout Fishing in America reads like poetry, an overdose of metaphor, possibly fueled with hallucinogens. A statement about commercialization and the loss of nature to technology. I appreciate that, its just that this slender volume did not...more
Ben Loory
richard brautigan is probably my favorite person in the world. which i suppose is kind of sad, because he's not in it anymore. this book is great, and very, very funny. his metaphors and one-liners are i think at an all-time high here. i don't like it as much as The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western because it's still pretty fragmented, and not as much as the stories in Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970 because the chapters aren't emotionally affecting for the most part. the book is primar...more
selena
Brautigan is a little like Vonnegut. And I worship Vonnegut.

His collection of short stories are free-association, simplistic and profound. Richard Brautigan could well become my favorite author and even my favorite poet (though Pablo Neruda and Huxley have taken those slots for years).

Trout Fishing in America, though simple, does not lack depth. Brautigan lets the reader draw either the superficial or the deeper meaning from each story. Far be it from him to try to force meaning onto you. I love...more
Ahmad
رمان «صید قزل آلا در آمریکا‌‏» نوشته ی «ریچارد براتیگان» با ترجمه ی جناب «پیام یزدانجو» را نشر چشمه منتشر کرده است. براتیگان، از نسل نویسندگان دهه شصت است، و همین کتاب شاهكار اوست. آثار «براتیگان» بازتاب دهنده ی روح زمانه او هستند، زمانه ای که درک تازه از دنیای جدید داستانی را، تا همیشه مرهون نسل «براتیگان»ها خواهد ماند. ایشان را نویسنده ای نوگرا، و نامتعارف دانسته اند. با همین اثر بود که اشتهار یافت. «براتیگان در این اثر به بهترین وجه از نبوغ خود بهره گرفته، درهای دیگری را به روی ادبیات معاصر گ...more
Jasmine
Well I read this book because my friend Eric (Codeblind,for those in the know) has been telling me to read it for the last 6 months.

Well it was not terrible, I mean it wasn't particularly interesting, and it doesn't make a lot of sense, It was sort of like this is not a novel but with longer sections. Once in a while things would relate, but generally no.

I mean it wasn't bad either though. Honestly, I might have finished it even if eric didn't want me to read it so much.

I have no opinion of w...more
Mark
It may not be fair to say this without revisiting Brautigan, but I'd be willing to bet my home on the notion that he was truly a 60s phenomenon and not a truly significant talent. And I am a child of the 60s. I don't remember a single thing from this, btw.
laura
i read the first eighty pages of this on the plane from chicago to phoenix, because i found it lying around the house, and it's one of those books you're suppose to read, and then i remembered that i hate this kind of beatnik dude crap.
Larry Bassett
Four stars is for the title and one star for the outrageousness of the entire thing.
A.M.
I think the best way to approach Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America is to see it as a scrapbook - a collection of literary vignettes - as opposed to a "novel." For it's not a novel, at least not in any conventional manner. It is actually highly non-conventional, and that is what I like about it - and about Brautigan.

Trout Fishing in American is not simply the title of this work; it is also a character in itself - an object, a place, a subject, an event, a scene. Trout Fishing in America is the...more
Robert Farwell
I missed TFiA when I went through my first Beat/proto-Hipster/Petite bourgeoisie phase when I was 17. I loved the geography of this book, the narrative poetry, the sense of place and people. I can see how a book like this can burn naively hot and then stall for awhile. Keep the kids from away from abstract novellas. Reading parts to my woman, she was absolutely not surprised he was friends with Trout Fishing in America City Lights. Life, poetry, trout fishing and mayonnaise are all just a bit me...more
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Unit 4 had a stove. It was a square metal box mounted on a cement block. There was a stove pipe on top of the box, but there were no bullet holes in the pipe. I was amazed. Almost all the camp stoves we had seen in Idaho had been full of bullet holes. I guess it's only reasonable that people, when they get the chance, would want to shoot some old stove sitting in the woods. p.83. And so on.
James
This book reminded me of Captain Beef heart. I can appreciate the zany originality, but its not really something that I would seek out for repeated listening. I finished this book and most of two others on a flight today, but after finishing In Watermelon Sugar I'm probably done with Mr. Brautigan.
drublood Duro
Every once in awhile, you have to re-re-re-read Trout Fishing in America.
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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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