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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,153 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Richard Brautigan's last novel, published in the U.S. for the first time

Richard Brautigan was an original--brilliant and wickedly funny, his books resonated with the sixties, making him an overnight counterculture hero. Taken in its entirety, his body of work reveals an artistry that outreaches the literary fads that so quickly swept him up.

Dark, funny, and exquisitely h...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published July 7th 2001 by Canongate Books Ltd (first published 1994)
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Dec 25, 2013 Tfitoby rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Richard Brautigan's posthumous novel, subtitled A Journey which might help you to decipher the style and content a little better than "it's sort of a calendar map conversation with himself where he steadfastly avoids discussing the important and painful subjects he intended talking about." But then again, maybe that really says it all.

An Unfortunate Woman, the fourth journey I've been on with him is pure Brautigan and yet at the same time absolutely nothing like the three previous experiences. T...more
My introduction to Richard Brautigan took place when I was twelve or thirteen and read In Watermelon Sugar. Needless to say, I didn't get it and so, unfortunately, I have avoided him ever since. So here I am many years later feeling like I just met him.

This novel was written shortly before Brautigan's death by suicide at age 49. He seems to share many characteristics with the unnamed protagonist in the story. Both are writers, both are 47, both suffer from depression, both have the initials R.B...more
تا آن روز پیش نیامده بود که حالش اینقدر بد باشد. مثل این بود که آسانسور جهنم غرش کنان در زندگی او سقوط کرده بود و در روحش سوراخی به جای گذاشته بود. مدت درازی نگذشت که شروع کرد به گریستن. با دقت و با تفاهم به حرف هایی گوش می کردم که هیچ کس دوست ندارد بشنود و به کار هیچ کس نمی آید." چنین حرف هایی دردی از کسی دوا نمی کند و تنها خاصیتش این است که خلایی وسیع به نام درماندگی به وجود می آورد." چه کاری از من بر می آمد؟ جز این که من رفیقش بودم و گوش می دادم… و گوش می دادم … و گوش می دادم … و گوش می دادم...more
براتیگان جایی در پایان کتاب می گوید کتاب را فقط یکبار خوانده است آن هم به این دلیل که بعلت پرچانگی و آسمان ریسمان بافتن یادش رفته چه می خواسته بگوید

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این کتاب برایم خوشایند نبود چون سالهاست دیگر بدنبال علت و معلول یا فلسفه وجودی هر رخدادی نیستم
مثلا وجود یک لنگه کفش در وسط چهارراهی در هونولولو عینن همانی ست که میبینم نه آنچه که ورای این صحنه ميتوانست باشد

اگر شما هم مث...more
Somayeh Pourtalari
به سختي مي توان گذشته و حال را همزمان روايت كرد . چون آدم نميتواند به مردم اعتماد كند و يقين داشته باشد كه آن ها همان كاري را انجام مي دهند كه ازشان انتظار ميرود . آدم تا به خودش بيايد ميبيند رودست خورده است و مردم بر خلاف انتظارش كاري انجام ميدهند درست مقابل آن چيزي كه واقعيت ايجاب ميكند.
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Io mi comporto così: quando affronto un autore che non conosco, leggo il libro senza guardare commenti e recensioni. Di solito è il titolo ad attrarre la mia attenzione, spesso acquistato come daily deal. Nella proposta giornaliera, infatti, individuo una strategia: "quello che ti propongo è un assaggio, se ti piace, puoi leggere anche le opere più famose, quelle che hanno fatto cassetta."
Di Brautigan non sapevo niente. Dopo la lettura di questo libro sono andata a leggermi la sua biografia e t...more
Pardis Parto
آنقدر پول ندارم که زندگی عاطفی ام پیچیده باشد.زندگی عاطفی ساده ای داشتم و در اغلب موارد ، وقتی زندگی عاطفی ام ساده است یک معنی اش این است که اصلن زندگی عاطفی ندارم . سعی می کنم به مشکلات عاطفی بی اعتنا باشم ، اما مشکلات سر وقتم می آیند و من در شب های درازی که بی خوابی به سرم میزند از خودم می پرسم چه اتفاقی افتاد که تسلطم را بر چیزهای بنیادینی که به کار دل ربط دارد از دست داده ام؟

یک زن بدبخت آخرین کتابی است که ریچارد براتیگان دو سال پیش از آنکه در مزرعه اش به دلخواه خود زندگی را ترک کند به پایان...more
I don't know much about Richard Brautigan, but now I'd like to learn more. I picked up this book because, a) it was supposed to be about a woman's suicide, and b) Brautigan himself died by suicide about a year after finishing this book. (I read a lot of books about suicide.) The book is about death, but primarily about life, and a lot about the everyday. I found myself laughing out loud at quite a few points, which is pretty impressive for a book filled with incredible metaphors about life, deat...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
احساس میکنم این کتاب هزارتوی ناتمامی از پرسشهای ناتمام است، که به آنها پاسخهایی ناتمام ضمیمه شده است. کار زن بدبختی که خود را حلق آویز کرد به کجا کشید؟ کجای این داستان زن را فراموش کردم؟ آیا این زن اکنون در حد یادمانی فروکاسته، و داستان او به ابدیت موکول میشود؟ کودکی او چگونه گذشت؟ آیا گفتم که به چه دلیل خودش را حلق آویز کرد؟ آیا اصلن دلیل این کارش را میدانم؟ آغاز این داستان اکنون به یادم می آید، و به یاد می آورم که این داستان را با یک لنگه کفش زنانه شروع کردم، که در چهارراهی در هنولولو افتاده ب...more
Amir ali
به نظر من برای لذت بردن از این کتاب باید عاشق براتیگان بود! وگرنه خواندن این کتاب که یکسری خاطرات تکه پاره‏ است از سفر طولانی براتیگان را حداقل من خیلی توصیه نمی‏کنم. مخصوصا اگه برای اولین بار کسی میخواهد براتیگان‏خوانی را آغاز کند لطفا با این کتاب آغاز نکنید!.
Raul Clement
I'm probably too tired to write this review, but I'll give it a try:

A friend of mine, whom I just turned on to Richard Brautigan, thinks this book isn't "magical" enough and/or is too autobiographical. She compares it unfavorably to Sombrero Fallout. As you can tell by my five-star review, I disagree with her assessment.

While it is difficult to know just how much of this book is autobiography, the facts of Brautigan's life being fairly obscure, my friend probably has a point when she calls it...more
This is an odd little book. I have never read a book by Brautigan before but have heard good things. It turns out those good things were true in this instance. This book was Brautigan's last book and was published after his suicide which makes the last line particularly haunting if you are at all familiar with Greek Tragedy: Iphigenia, your daddy's home from Troy!

It is hard to explain this book because it is technically about the deaths of two women one from hanging and another from cancer howev...more
Jillian Brady
I finally picked this book off the shelf after buying it at Food For Thought Books in Amherst twelve years ago. I've lived in almost twelve places since, so there was a certain consistency in the subject of the novel being a calendar map of the narrator's travels. The movement can be dizzying. there is a commentary in that, the constant movement through space and time. Despite the careful descriptions that particularize places, there is sameness. And the two central deaths, that of the suicide i...more
Stuart Cohn
I found this book to be funny, odd, off-putting at times (are the gaps in his "calendar-map" caused by blackouts from drinking?), and melancholy. I read Trout Fishing in America back in the day when I was in high school but I really hadn't given him much thought until I read the review of the biography that was recently published.

He's a quietly influential writer with a very strong, singular voice. And I hear something of him in more recent authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace,...more
A great composition of travel stories! Brautigan refers to Euripides in the book but we can not exactly make connections with the book itself. This is not a book of an unfortunate woman but many people who can not live as in the stories. Brautigan commits suicide after writing 'An Unfortunate Woman'. Enjoy Brautigan!
*le cose più vicine alla perfezione sono quegli enormi buchi nel cervello e nel fegato di richard brautigan..*

va bene.. a lui è concesso di pisciare sull'amore, il buonsenso, la pace nel mondo e tutte le cose così belle e buone e giuste come in cielo, così in terra.
con un certo stile poi. sempre.
Matthew Savoca
270 stars for this book. I wish there were a thousand more pages to it. If Brautigan were something that you cooked up for dinner and there were a lot of ways to go about making it, this would be my favorite version.
Jul 17, 2009 Olga marked it as read-not-enough  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Olga by: Shawn
I still think about this book every time I stand in line in the grocery store and someone in front of me is unloading a huge number of items from her cart :)
it's heartless to rate this book.
"بعد از صد روز سکوت ، وقتی در دفترچه ی یادداشت هایم که حالا ، در این لحظه این جملات را در آن می نویسم تامل کردم ، فقط چند ساعت طول کشید تا احساس کنم هیچ وقت از خانه ام به جایی سفر نکرده م . احتمالا در این مدت ،همیشه همینجا بودم . آدم وقتی به خانه اش بر می گردد مثل این است که هرگز آنجا را ترک نکرده است . چون وقتی آدم به مقصد بازگشت به خانه سفر میکند ، بخشی از خودش را در خانه اش جا می گذارد . مگر آنکه به جایی کاملا تازه نقل مکان کند . جایی که هرگز ندیده ،نمی شناسد و هیچ خاطره ای ازش ندارد ."

This is considered Brautigan's last work and was published after he died. While I enjoyed it and there are delightful moments of witty Brautigan brilliance, the novel feels disconnected and self-absorbed. An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey is basically a "calendar" diary of a few months in the author's life in the year 1982.

He, himself, describes the book as follows:

"I sense this book to be an unfinished labyrinth of half-asked questions fastened to partial answers.
What about the unfortunate wom...more
Brautigan's last novel was much like all his previous ones... not entirely so much of a novel as a meditation. This one, in fact, is really maybe even less of a novel than his earlier efforts. He is really mostly writing about his life here, specifically a period of several particular months during the last year of his life. While discussing his travels and experiences of that period, he also reflects on the deaths of 2 of his women friends... one from cancer, the other a suicide. He seems parti...more
The hospice where I worked in 2004 had a small collection of books that had been donated for use in the family room, which was a kitchen-cum-lounge where family members of the patients could relax, talk, and eat while they were on the ward. Although the books had been donated for the family room, they were actually located in an administrative office on the floor below, hidden away in a filing cabinet. I was living by myself in a studio apartment, sleeping on an inflatable mattress and trying to...more
Richard Brautigan first offered An Unfortunate Woman to a French publisher, so the story goes, unable to find a publisher in the States. According to Marc Chenetier, to whom he gave the manuscript, Brautigan hoped that a French publisher would publish "his work for its literary make-up merits rather than out of some period anecdote-based fan cult he had no use for."

In other words, he wanted to be taken seriously as a writer, rather than a throwback to the wild and drug-addled 1960s. Unfortunatel...more
پرواز به انوریج به اندازه ی ابدیت طول کشید.

یکی از چهل چیز وحشتناک زندگی ام پرواز با هواپماست . وقتی سر آدم درد می کند , اعصاب آدم مستقیما با سرعت و صدای هواپیما درگیر می شود . مثل این است که یک جراح که در یک دست چاقوی جراحی و در دست دیگر یک کتاب علمی دارد , آدم را بدون بیهوشی جراحی کند و در همان حال مدام با خودش بگوید : " کاش تحصیل را جدی تر گرفته بودم . " بعدناگهان سر و کله ی مادرش با لباس باغبانی توی اتاق عمل پیدا بشود , به طرف من بیاید , به سوراخ شکمم نگاهی بیندازد و سر جراح داد بزند : " حیف...more
Such a beautiful and haunting introduction. I've re-read it several times.
As for the text that follows, Brautigan's meandering runs the full breadth of the distance between charmingly illuminating and heavy-handed inelegance, as here:

She answered the telephone with a voice that was very delicate, a gentleness that had never been in her voice before. She sounded as if she had to walk across a bridge to use the telephone or maybe the telephone was at one end of the bridge and she was at the other...more
Honestly? I think Haruki Murakami ghostwrote some (not all) of this (midnight spaghetti making and searching for cats?!) It was published in France, first. So I'm putting forth this chain of events: notes towards a novel (i.e. a very sad diary) were given to Murakami to polish --> Murakami was hush-moneyed and his work was then translated into French for its original publication as Cahiers d'un Retour de Troie ---> translated back into English in hopes of achieving some sort of Brautigania...more
The most hilarious book about suicide and mourning I've ever read. I don't often literally 'laugh out loud' but I did several times during the 2 1/2 hours it took to read this.
John Goodell
It's done in typical Brautigan prose. Read the whole thing in the course of an hour or so this morning and it has really put me at ease since.
براتیگان در این کتاب بخشی از دل آدم را می خراشد و می برد. با زبان طنزش فاجعه هولناکی را به خورد آدم می دهد که تا مدت ها در ذهن می ماند
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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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