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The Abortion by Richard Brautigan
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May 19, 2012

really liked it

Brautigan scares me. (1) Because he's so good. (2) Because he uses language as an assault weapon. There seems always to be an underlying sadness and yet frivolity to the way he yo-yos a phrase between the backdrops of depravity and humor. I get the sense he doesn't take himself too seriously and that makes reading The Abortion such a trippy ride. You don't need to take hallucinogens to appreciate his, at times, deadpan psychedelia. Erotic, tragic, modern-to-a-T love story. And not mushy. Not in the least. Think 1960's Love Story for people on the verge.

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