Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan
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Though not a big fan of William Hjortsberg it must be said that his work was diligent and most likely as honest as could be. But I am convinced in my own mind that a large part of the reason for his writing this biography was to insure his own place in a writer's history as a close friend of Richard Brautigan. A good portion of this mammoth book was to report on the writing life of Gatz and his wife and their life as neighbors of RB in Montana. But I also ...more
This book is a long hard slog, but a rewarding one for Brautigan fans. The result of over two decades of research on Hjortsberg's part, the book presents Brautigan's life in minute detail over the course of some 812 pages. It does seem slightly ironic that Hjortsberg goes to such lengths and covers so much detail in discussing the life of an author who valued smallness, brevity, and the beauty of the mundane.
The book's strengths are manifold. We are given insight into Brautigan's writing method...more
Delving into the biography, however, one learns of Brautigan's own obsession with details (he constantly kept written lists and records of ...more
Everyone thought Brautigan unknowable, so maybe this proves it.
For me it was like rummaging through the life of someone who lived down the street many years ago, someone you did not know, but recognized every once ...more
Here's an example of the almost incredible level of detail in the book:
One night, the couple ate not-quite-ripe cantaloupe with their dinner. Dissatisfied, they set their plates on the floor and were astonished t...more
This is an engrossing, richly detailed (to put it mildly) biography that covers extremely well-trod ground (Beats, San Francisco in the '60s) in revelatory fashion. Recommended.
When his fellowsh ...more