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. Jun 14, Every Tuesday on we take a look at books and authors from mainstream literary fiction that contain aspects of science fiction, fantasy. 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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Perhaps I am an old man,” he said.

Margaret who had started to show an inquisitive interest in the things heaped up in qatermelon Forgotten Works. The night would continue but the stars would not shine and it would be warm like day and everything would be without sound. This review makes almost as little sense as the book. The narrator admires this man just as much as he admires people with the ability to catch trout.

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This is a fable that is written very simply, but it’s duller than a sermon. In her view, these “. I put in a good morning’s work.

Perhaps it was a game you played when you were a child or something that came idly into your mind when you were old and sitting in a chair near the window. But now the trout was watching very intently this tomb being put in. It is about a race of good people who live in shacks made of watermelon sugar, in a place where the light changes colour every day.

I bbrautigan down by the Watermelon Works. I put my hand down the front of her dress. Other utopian dreamers have responded directly to the events of their age, but Brautigan is responding to the cumulative ages of man, and no response can be significant for him that does not place the entire past on the junk heap the forgotten works. The sleepier I got, the less I felt like sleeping. Her parents have money”.


In Watermelon Sugar

But I had never seen the girl up close and I didn’t know who she was. It’s a big place, much bigger than we are. Some of the bridges’ are made of wood, old and stained silver like rain, and some of the bridges are made of stone gathered from a great distance and built in the order of that distance, and some of the bridges are made of watermelon sugar.

Now, the trouble with this book is if you take it literally, and people easily fall for that, when they do, this can be treated as a piece watsrmelon hippie-junk. Kinsella says, brautgian 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.

There is a very comfortable and comforting communal way of life which is very simple and has inspired lots of positives and was very much appreciated in the 60s and 70s. He lives in that shack by the shoe-shop. It’s beyond the town. I’ll tell you about it later. Sugae, it’s a few days in a commune in some mythical world that used to have beautiful, man-eating, talking tigers.

He put a big spoonful of stew in his wugar, almost spilling some watrmelon his overalls.

Near the shack is a bridge with a board that makes noise when you step on it. They were no good. During the s he moved to California and became involved in the Beat Movement brautitan developing his writing career. That’s a good place to walk. For as long as there has been the quest for social order, there has been the quest for the perfect social order, or utopia. That is my name. But Patricia Hernlund has a complaint concerning the community’s lack of concern:.


And these may well push one to suicide. View all 12 comments. If man had no feelings for the world, he would not have the desire to treat his fellow humans rbautigan the world itself with gentleness; he would ignore them or even, if we take an existential viewpoint here, kill himself. The sun shines a different color everyday, there are talking tigers, missing things and bandits in this wonderful book.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I could only stare at her who had disappeared into the Forgotten Works that morning. She told a little story about a lamb going for a walk.

There was waterelon bread fresh from the oven and sweet butter and glasses of ice-cold milk. He crossed the bridge without stepping on that board Margaret always steps on and couldn’t miss if the bridge were seven miles wide. In the delineation of this less-than-perfect society, he uses the techniques of fragmentation, repetition, and juxtaposition in order to establish the prevailing sense of loss.

We lived together in a shack by the river.

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She looked beautiful in the light of the lantern. I didn’t know you had that much speed left in you. I was having a lot of trouble with arithmetic. But if we remove that from the scene, it sounds more like masculinity problems than love. Gale Research Company,pp.

I wondered about this because The Grand Old Trout usually shows very little interest in watching the tombs being put in.