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Hawkline Monster a Gothic Western 1ST Edition

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  • Seller:MaryMac Bookstore
  • Sales Rank:7,639,566
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Publication Date:1974
  • ISBN:1125948132
  • EAN:9781125948132
  • ASIN:B000PZQUNG
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Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
If Salvatore Dali, Erik Satie, Ernest Hemingway, The Marx Brothers, Edgar Allan Poe and Sam Peckinpah ever collaborated on a work of brilliant eccentricity, then Richard Brautigan's bizarre, playful and throughly entertaining novel The Hawkline Monster could have resulted from such a marriage made in surrealist heaven. As the subtitle suggests, The Hawkline Monster is a gothic western loosely set at the turn of the twentieth century near The Dalles Oregon. It concerns two moronic hit men cut of silent film comedy cloth, a set of spinster twins harboring deep sexual desire, an aged "Lurch" like butler and an "Id" monster of imagined horror. And this is just scratching the surface of Brautigan's finest novel. Brautigan is an acquired taste. One can easily apply the adjectives "elliptical", "ambiguous" and "pretentious" when describing his work. Granted too, the short story and the poem were always his strongest format. But Brautigan is never boring. His prose while fearless if a bit reckless never fails to paint unique images. Yes, while it is true that Brautigan frequently comes off as a prepubescent boy writing to stimulate his bubbling loins, he does balance it with a sincere ability to turn a phrase and capture a moment that could only exist in a fevered imagination. Brautigan was a unique voice now tragically silent. It also passes a unique piece of criteria I have for any good book. It has to be read. This book is not filmable in any way. Thank God for that. Far too often, authors write with lucrative film rights dancing in their eyes. It is sad, yet strangely fortunate that Brautigan died before major prepackaged film deals completely nearly crippled the written word. For those who enjoy taking literary risks without any guarantees, The Hawkline Monster comes highly recommended. It is a fun, haunting and one of a kind way to spend a dark and stormy weekend. (Amazon customer)

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