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Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In DOWNSTREAM FROM TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA: A MEMOIR OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN, Keith Abbott paints a portrait of Richard Brautigan as a lovable and whimsical friend. Abbott explains the writer's dedication to the art of fiction and his quest to break beyond the pop culture, hippie label that haunted him until his suicide in1984. Brautigan's tight ...more
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Capra Press
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Tom Romig
For quite a while it's been unfashionable to admit to enjoying Brautigan's work, so I might as well allow you to feel superior by admitting up front that I do appreciate his unusual style and imaginative whimsy. ("My cup of coffee changed into an albino polar bear: I mean, cold and black.") Keith Abbott's engaging and perceptively written memoir of Brautigan is an honest and compassionate account of Brautigan's tragic life: the early abuse and neglect that led to his chronic anxiety and insomnia ...more
Ron Record
By far the best book on Brautigan I have read. Most reviewers just never "got" Brautigan and the subsequent works on his life and writing reflected those misconceptions, misunderstandings, and plain mistruths. Keith Abbott not only paints a loving portrait of the author, poet, and friend but provides us with what is perhaps the best literary analysis and review of Brautigan's writing.

I whole heartedly recommend this book not only for the Brautigan fanatic but I think it would make a great introd
I chose to read this book because Richard Brautigan is my favorite author and the interesting word usements he structures really connect with me on a personal level. As a result, I want to know more about him as a person.

I've read his daughter's memoir of him and enjoyed it but was anxious to read this one as well because the author was Brautigan's peer.

I really enjoyed everything Mr. Abbott had to relate about Brautigan the person. The book frequently delves into a technical analysis of his wri
Jim Krotzman
Downstream from Trout Fishing in America is a short biography of the mysterious writer Richard Brautigan. Abbott describes how the public views Brautigan as a trendy product of the hippie movement; however, Brautigan wrote his four books years before Haight-Ashbury became a hippie haven. Brautigan's youth, fame, and demise are interesting. There is a last section that discusses the style and themes of Trout Fishing and another novel The Confederate General from Big Sur. If you like Richard Braut ...more
Derek Pyle
Learned a lot more about Richard Brautigan's writing style, which was interested... While I don't particularly like Brautigan, it helped me apprieciate his sensibility and unique style. Keith mentions many times Richard's rough childhood but never really goes in depth-my main frustration with the book. Other than that, a well thought out read and interesting picture of an author.
Damn depressing book--explores Brautigan's life through the eyes of one of his friends.
This book made me feel happysad all over again about Richard Brautigan.
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