Every Tuesday on we take a look at books and authors from mainstream literary fiction that contain aspects of science fiction, fantasy. First published in , In Watermelon Sugar was Richard Brautigan’s third published novel and, according to Newton Smith, “a parable for survival in the 20th. Complete summary of Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of In Watermelon Sugar.

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The trout was laying very still now. Barber, 14 May Undermining its own status as a physical entity, Brautigan’ s narrator refers to himself as to purely imaginative, fictional being or even an abstract phenomenon in addition to the above, being also an inability to answer the question; being writing a short story etc.

I don’t understand any of it, but here’s a bunch of artwork that sort of look like the visual imagery, if it can be compared to anything else. The narrator admires this man just as much as he admires people with the ability to catch trout. In Watermelon Sugara novel that sprung directly from the counter-culture of the s, depicts a commune, iDEATH, which is based on the philosophy that man must lead a passive existence, remaining detached from strong emotional bonds to people and all worldly things.

Its creative force is scientific, rational, and nrautigan, in which emotions run high over rights of ownership for materials of survival, and the creation is its antithesis. These brilliant novelists, most of them committed suicide, have minds that are too beautiful for us to understand. Brautigan’s selection achieves the effect of disgust in most readers—disgust at the eating more than at the killing itself.

Most of their characters killed themselves.


Richard Brautigan > In Watermelon Sugar

And Neil Schmitz believes that this “balance that suits them also stylizes them and the result is a disfiguring of their humanity” If we are to believe the narrator, the last straw in his relations with Margaret was her “performance at dinner,” which “really disgusted” him, and is the basis for his saying that everyone has turned against her.

Brautigan has not always managed to avoid. Kinsella says, “It’s a completely mysterious book about what may be an alternative world, or maybe it’s just some guy on an acid trip, I don’t know, but it’s very gentle and it’s very funny and the language is superb. Studies in Modern Fiction 16 Further, no necessary or implied connection exists between Margaret and inBOIL in the actual sequence of events, and three characters indicate that we were not to see a connection: The society is composed of people distributed between a town, where most live, a group of outlying “shacks,” and a place named iDEATH, which has characteristics of both a house and an outdoor landscape.

My life lived in watermelon sugar. Like Hemingway, he shot himself in the head.

In a society where the narrator insists that its citizens take pride in their communal life brautiagn, it seems that this style is peculiarly static. The hero whose name is—”If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Brautigan has a genuine gift for imposing the unexpected, a loner’s vision.

The walls of the hatchery “went up around the ashes” She had been a star in the silent pictures and was tied to a railroad track. Brautigan has created the utopian dream for the post-industrial age of affluence, beyond IBM, and finally beyond curiosity. She recalled that inwhile working on the manuscript for this novel, Brautigan called her daily. The landscape of the novel is constantly in flux; each day has a different colored sun which creates different colored watermelons, and the central building also changes frequently.


There is much playing dumb with the reader:. That evening after dinner, Margaret’s room is bricked up and her body placed in the trout hatchery to await burial. We call everything a river here.

They just have to happen.

In Watermelon Sugar

This repetition waterjelon “said” creates the atmosphere of ennui, which is a crucial ingredient in In Watermelon Sugar and other Brautigan works. The photographs on the binding of the two works under review show him to be whimsical, given to quaint clothes, richly moustached: Reads with odd smoothness, going down like watermelon sugar.

There is a statue of the last tiger in the hatchery. The setting mixes familiar with strange in another use of fantasy or science fiction technique, but only the initial break with “this world” watermeelon difficult; the details of “that world” are tangible and consistent. They think that his style is casual and offhand, but in vogue, creating a certain charm for these youthful readers.

Review quote “Delicate, fantastic and very funny May 19, Abby Hagler rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book also tastes like my late childhood and early adolescence, when all the world was in love with love, or so it seemed to me. Anger and rage are the only strong emotions in the whole novel, excepting the three scenes in which people cry for the tigers 31Margeret cries while she is killing herselfand Pauline cries after Margaret is dead

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