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An Unfortunate Woman

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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
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Paperback, 110 pages
Published July 7th 2001 by Canongate Books Ltd (first published 1994)
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Tfitoby
Dec 25, 2013 Tfitoby rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit
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
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mohammad ebadi
Jun 20, 2016 mohammad ebadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
واقعا از خوندن این کتاب لذت بردم،خیلی مهمه که حالت چه جور کتابی رو می خواد،دیشب دقیقا به این کتاب نیاز داشتم.
elham
Jun 10, 2011 elham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elnaz
Jul 20, 2015 Elnaz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
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مثلا وجود یک لنگه کفش در وسط چهارراهی در هونولولو عینن همانی ست که میبینم نه آنچه که ورای این صحنه ميتوانست باشد

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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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Kwoomac
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 22, 2012 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
Jul 26, 2013 Amir ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
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!. ...more
Emanuela
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
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Pardis Parto
Aug 24, 2013 Pardis Parto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Zari
Dec 08, 2013 Zari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellate
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
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Elana
Jul 02, 2011 Elana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Delara Hazegh f
It felt so honest and so real. It was like I lived his sad life and traveled his journeys during his 160-page notebook:)
Nice experience
Faeze Taheri
Nov 10, 2014 Faeze Taheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
احساس میکنم این کتاب هزارتوی ناتمامی از پرسشهای ناتمام است که به آنها پاسخهایی ناتمام ضمیمه شده است.

فکر میکنم خودش به نحو خوبی کتابشو معرفی کرده:)
و این سفرنامهی داستانی قطعا یک سفرنامه معمولی نیست
انگار که دفتر خاطرات ِ دوران بازنشستگیِ براتیگانه!
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Mahmoud Afshari
Mar 08, 2015 Mahmoud Afshari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یک زن بدبخت، چیزی است شبیه اتوبیوگرافی نویسنده (دست کم در مورد دورهای از زندگی او)، با این تفاوت که براتیگان این کار را هم آن طور که مرسوم است انجام نمیدهد و شاید به قول خودش سفرنامه-نقشه برای این موضوع عنوان مناسبتری باشد. ...more
Raul Clement
Dec 14, 2009 Raul Clement rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dan
Apr 28, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jill 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
Jun 11, 2012 Stuart Cohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Laurie Byro
Dec 03, 2014 Laurie Byro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have missed the excitement of reading Richard Brautigan for the first time. This is his last book and I want to see if any of it parallels his life, I wrote one of my first poems (I'm published widely) after finding out he had shot himself and there are echoes of suicide in this book. He is disappointing as a writer in many ways, he drifts, he ruminates, but he has SUCH a wonderful quirky sense of play in his writing that for me, he'll always be just a joy to read, almost comfort food, except ...more
Yasemin
Feb 12, 2016 Yasemin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı-roman
Talihsiz bir kadından bahsetmek istiyorum diyerek başlar günlük yazmaya Brautigan... Yazar, yazar, yazar... Dağılır, toparlanır, toparlanamaz ama yazar...Kitabın sonlarına doğru hatırlar, kendini asan talihsiz bir kadından bahsedecekti...Bahsedemeden bitirir. Ama bahseder, siz deyin ki kendinden bahsetti. Elinize, dişinize dokunur şeyler söylemez ama insanın kendisine söylemek isteyip de hep geçiştirdiği gibidir sanki bu süreç. Okurken sanki Jarmusch filmi izliyormuş izlenimine kapıldım. "Bir şe ...more
S'hi
Back in high school I read a book of shorts stories by Richard Brautigan and shared the one about coffee with some friends. None of them got anything from it. I translated the passage that most touched me into French – which I was studying rather badly in a very small class at the time – to remind myself of how differently it touched different people to write something of deep personal significance.
While reviewing my own work on a title “A Singular Woman” I come across this book by Brautigan – “
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Pelin
Jan 22, 2012 Pelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
giuliadellestelle
*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
Jul 27, 2013 Matthew Savoca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maryam Hosseini
.هـمیشه آخرین کسی هـستم که متوجه می شـوم در زندگی ام چه اتفاقی افتاده است
اما احساس می کنم همه همینطور باشند و این تصور که آدمی می تواند زندگی اش را درک کند، فقط نوعی توهم جنون آمیز است
Olga
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 :)
aura
Jun 14, 2007 aura added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: low
it's heartless to rate this book.
گیل آوا
Apr 22, 2013 گیل آوا rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 ."

"احساس
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A.M.
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
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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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