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Trout Fishing in America

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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, 112 pages
Published 1967 by Delta (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
s.penkevich
Feb 01, 2015 s.penkevich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those in need of a smile
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Father John Misty
Shelves: humor, americana, fishing
This book is an experience like few else. I could spend pages discussing this book but the following passage contains all the joy of the novel and is a well enough jumping-off point for the imagination and intellect to decipher the nature and importance of this novel that has been linked to the late-Beat generation
A little ways up from the shack was an outhouse with its door flung violently open. The inside of the outhouse was exposed like a human face and the outhouse seemed to say, 'The old g
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Brian
Dec 17, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
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
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Hadrian
Apr 25, 2013 Hadrian rated it really liked it
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
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Paul
Dec 30, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-novels
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
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Lyn
Apr 11, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
OK, well, first of all, it’s not about trout fishing in America.

Well, mostly not, sort of, well, see here’s the thing –

Richard Brautigan’s very unique 1964 publication blurs the line between prose and poetry, and in the same way that blue sounds a lot like jazz.

Yes, the similes.

Let’s visit some of Mr. Brautigan’s more bizarre and outlandish similes, and it is here that his readers first notice leaving a well-worn path.

“like a famous brain surgeon removing a disordered portion of the imagination
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Hossein
Aug 08, 2013 Hossein rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ترجمه نکرده و
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Ahmad Sharabiani
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 ایشان است، 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 یافتند. «براتیگان در این اثر به بهترین وجه از نبوغ خود بهره گرفته، درهای دیگری را به روی ادبیات معاصر ...more
Tannaz Pirasteh
هی دارم به خودم میگم واسه این کتاب چیزی ننویس هی میگم نه بذار بنویسم هی میگم نه ننویس... اول گفتم بدون ریت و ریویو میزنم بره بعد ریویو دوستان رو خوندم متعجبم از اون عده ای که 5 ستاره کامل دادن به این کتاب و هییییییییییییچ ریویویی هم نداشتن حتماً وقتی آدم به کتابی 5 ستاره میده یه چیز جذاب واسش داره که دربارش بنویسه دیگه! به هر حال بگذریم همونطوری که مشخص نزدیک به یک سال طول کشیده خوندن این کتاب و دلیلش هیچ چیز نیست جز یک چیز و اون مزخرف بودن کتابِ کتابی که شما وقتی تمومش میکنین هیچ حرفی دربارش ند ...more
M. Sarki
Jun 07, 2013 M. Sarki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik Graff
May 14, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Taylor
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,
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Caris
Feb 20, 2009 Caris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
Justin
Nov 25, 2015 Justin rated it liked it
First half = 4 stars
Second half = 2 stars

Book = 3 stars

/shrug
Dan
Aug 06, 2007 Dan rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2010 Trin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
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. (
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Brian
Aug 14, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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
Ned Mozier
May 31, 2014 Ned Mozier rated it liked it
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
Philippe Malzieu
Sep 27, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing

After the confederate general, it's the second novel of the book.

I have a particular memory of this book, something light and funny, certainly hilarious. And the mistake is understood. I saw in this book only its humoristic dimensions, His characters are picturesque, modest poor, but full of inventiveness. It was a kind of Huckberry Finn adult but but inferior of its model

But it is quite different. Brautigan rises with equal of Twain. He dynamites the style and he draws another geography of USA
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Darwin8u
Sep 01, 2012 Darwin8u rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Roy Kesey
Jul 23, 2013 Roy Kesey rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2013 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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robert
May 03, 2011 robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Loory
Dec 18, 2009 Ben Loory rated it liked it
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
Quentin S.
It started reasonably well, but after reading 85 pages I realised that the promise of some early evocative language was in no way going to be fulfilled and that this was the product of someone with a modicum of talent and imagination who had absolutely nothing to write about.

Did I take anything from it? The chapter entitled 'The Kool-Aid Wino' (pages 8 - 10) was good. It had a self-contained quality and seemed actually to be expressing something, as if the author had had experiences that were w
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Selena
Jul 13, 2009 Selena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thebest, 2009
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
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Jasmine
Jul 13, 2009 Jasmine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
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
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Mark
Sep 04, 2007 Mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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.
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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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