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Following Richard Brautigan

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Fiction. Summoning all the wistfulness of Brautigan, Mesler has his narrator follow a ghostly hippie days of San Francisco.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Livingston Press (AL) (first published 2005)
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Terry Bazes
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like a knight setting off on a quest, a young poet named Jack takes to the road in search of Richard Brautigan. This, simply put, is the premise of Corey Mesler’s touching and whimsical novel. But this bare statement of the plot does not begin to convey the uniqueness of this paean to the lovesickness, horniness and poetry of youth. Following Richard Brautigan might be described as the literary equivalent of a buddy film – except that the narrator is a prose poet of the first order and the budd ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you read and fall in love with a writer who is already dead, there is a limit to where you can go with them, where they can take you. Corey Mesler shows you that this is a false statement, there are places far beyond the limits of what they have written that are still left to explore. This book takes you there, gives back whatever you feel you lost, missed by not knowing them. Cerebral and beat at the same time, unapologetic and gritty, this book scratches the itch of the missing limb.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book starts out with cringingly intimate confessional details that make this distinct from most coming-of-age tales. I breathed a sigh of relief when Brautigan's ghost showed up to set the narrator straight. Nice, poetic language. Leaves you wanting more.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If Corey Mesler is the author the book is automatically a must-read. Just read it!
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me just lay it out there for you: Corey Mesler’s Following Richard Brautigan is not a masterpiece, but it’s close. No, I don’t mean Masterpiece, capital M—it’s not War and Peace, not Kind of Blue, not Don Giovanni. What it is is a close masterpiece of language and sensibility. And if that isn’t a description of poetry—albeit an unimaginative and pedestrian one—then I don’t know what is. Yes, it’s poetry—which is fitting considering the ghost that haunts this novel and its protagonist. And si ...more
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Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“One always wonders, "What if?" What if Richard Brautigan had taken his own advice and not gone joy riding in the beautiful car called death. What if he had lived, and kept writing, long into the age where flowing digits replaced the winsome flowers. Brautigan, maven of the San Francisco countercultural zeitgeist, would have surely continued to write his spare themes of love, death, and how we are haunted by both. Surely also, he would have embraced the Internet, publishing his episodic narrativ ...more
William Brandon III
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mesler's passion in all things whether it is his
painful disappointment at the plebian nature of his
Literary Mecca or his shy reverence for the mysterious
girl reading as she walks down the street.

Mesler (to beat a cliche` dead) puts you in his shoes,
makes you walk his steps and invites you to feel every
moment of triumph and failure. For any human being
capable of feeling a fraction of his passion Following
Richard Brautigan will remind you of some part of your
life or inspire you to begin a new life
Barton Smock
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
have not read Brautigan. not anything Brautigan penned himself, anyway. but if, by proxy, you'd like to feel young for the first time...this writ will do it. sad as not being able to break a just gathered egg with your god taken palms. knowing you'll have to throw it on a pan. and watch it.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved Brautigan's ghost sense of humor and the narrator's belief that it is absolutely normal to have a ghost hanging around giving advice.
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Richard J. Alley
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
2 1/2? Decent book. Some fun stuff. Well done parody of Brautigan's style, yet brings his own insight to the party. However, does it stand alone if you have no awareness of Brautigan? I don't think it does. This book has extremely high ratings- I'm assuming because very few people have rated it and those that have are family and friends. It's certainly not BETTER than Brautigan's legacy.
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COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Esquire/Narrative4 Project and Good Poems, American Places (Viking Press, 2011). He has published 9 novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010), Following Richard Brautigan (2010), Gardner Remembers (2011), Frank Comma and the Time-Slip (2012), ...more
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