Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, So the Wind Won t Blow It All Away
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Three masterpieces by “the counterculture’s Mark Twain,” collected in one volume, including the “lost chapters” of Trout Fishing in America (The New York Times Book Review).
 
An author who began his career handing out his work on the streets of San Francisco and went on to become an underground icon of the 1960s and ’70s before his tragic suicide, Richard Brautigan gained a unique literary reputation for such works as In Watermelon Sugar as well as for his gentle spirit, satirical wit, and whimsical, elliptical style. This volume includes three of his most prominent works:
 
Revenge of the Lawn: Originally published in 1971, these bizarre flashes of insight and humor cover everything from “A High Building in Singapore” to the “Perfect California Day.” This is Brautigan’s only collection of stories and includes “The Lost Chapters of Trout Fishing in America.”
 
The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966: A public library in California where none of the books have ever been published is full of romantic possibilities. But when the librarian and his girlfriend must travel to Tijuana, they have a series of strange encounters in Brautigan’s 1971 novel.
 
So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away: It is 1979, and a man is recalling the events of his twelfth summer, when he bought bullets for his gun instead of a hamburger. Written just before his death, and published in 1982, this novel foreshadowed Brautigan’s suicide.
 
“It’s very hard to label his work. Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture? Surrealism meets folk meets scat? The writing is bursting with colour, humour and imagery, mental flights of fancy, crazed and lurid details. . . . The more you read, the less there seem to be regulations and governing forces, ways of qualifying Brautigan. The mind of the author is simply too unbound, too childlike in its enormous, regenerative capacity to imagine.” —The Guardian

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Date de parution 21 février 1995
Nombre de lectures 3
EAN13 9780547525679
Langue English

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Contents
Title Page
Contents
Copyright
REVENGE of the Lawn
Revenge of the Lawn
1692 Cotton Mather Newsreel
1/3, 1/3, 1/3
The Gathering of a Californian
A Short Story about Contemporary Life in California
Pacific Radio Fire
Elmira
Coffee
The Lost Chapters of Trout Fishing in America: “Rembrandt Creek” and “Carthage Sink”
The Weather in San Francisco
Complicated Banking Problems
A High Building in Singapore
An Unlimited Supply of 35 Millimeter Film
The Scarlatti Tilt
The Wild Birds of Heaven
Winter Rug
Ernest Hemingway’s Typist
Homage to the San Francisco YMCA
The Pretty Office
A Need for Gardens
The Old Bus
The Ghost Children of Tacoma
Talk Show
I was Trying to Describe You to Someone
Trick or Treating Down to the Sea in Ships
Blackberry Motorist
Thoreau Rubber Band
44:40
Perfect California Day
The Post Offices of Eastern Oregon
Pale Marble Movie
Partners
Getting to Know Each Other
A Short History of Oregon
A Long Time Ago People Decided to Live in America
A Short History of Religion in California
April in God-damn
One Afternoon in 1939
Corporal
Lint
A Complete History of Germany and Japan
The Auction
The Armored Car
The Literary Life in California/1964
Banners of My Own Choosing
Fame in California/1964
Memory of a Girl
September California
A Study in California Flowers
The Betrayed Kingdom
Women When They Put Their Clothes On in the Morning
Halloween in Denver
Atlantisburg
The View from the Dog Tower
Greyhound Tragedy
Crazy Old Women are Riding the Buses of America Today
The Correct Time
Holiday in Germany
Sand Castles
Forgiven
American Flag Decal
The World War I Los Angeles Airplane
The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966
BOOK 1: Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight?
BOOK 2: Vida
BOOK 4: Tijuana
BOOK 5: My Three Abortions
BOOK 6: The Hero
So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away
About the Author
Connect with HMH
Footnotes
Revenge of the Lawn copyright © 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966. 1967. 1969, 1970, 1971 by Richard Brautigan
The Abortion copyright 6 1970, 1971 by Richard Brautigan
So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away copyright © 1982 by Richard Brautigan
All rights reserved

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The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows: Brautigan. Richard.
Revenge of the lawn : The abortion ; So the wind won’t blow it all away / Richard Brautigan.
p. cm.
ISBN 0-395-70674-2
I. Brautigan, Richard. Abortion. II. Brautigan, Richard. So the wind won’t blow it all away.
PS 3503. R 2736 A 6 1995
813'.54—dc20 94-26177 CIP

e ISBN 978-0-547-52567-9
v3.0817

Some of the stories in Revenge of the Lawn first appeared in Rolling Stone. Playboy, Ramparts. New American Review. Vogue. Coyote’s Journal. Mademoiselle. Nice. Tri-Quarterly, Esquire. Evergreen Review, Kulchur, Now Now, Sum, Jeopardy. R. C. Lion, Parallel, and Change.

A portion of The Abortion originally appeared in The Dutton Review, volume I.
This book is for Don Carpenter
Revenge of the Lawn
M Y grandmother, in her own way, shines like a beacon down the stormy American past. She was a bootlegger in a little county up in the state of Washington. She was also a handsome woman, close to six feet tall who carried 190 pounds in the grand operatic manner of the early 1900s. And her specialty was bourbon, a little raw but a welcomed refreshment in those Volstead Act days.
She of course was no female Al Capone, but her bootlegging feats were the cornucopia of legend in her neck of the woods, as they say. She had the county in her pocket for years. The sheriff used to call her up every morning and give her the weather report and tell her how the chickens were laying.
I can imagine her talking to the sheriff: “Well, Sheriff, I hope your mother gets better soon. I had a cold and a bad sore throat last week myself. I’ve still got the sniffles. Tell her hello for me and to drop by the next time she’s down this way. And if you want that case, you can pick it up or I can have it sent over as soon as Jack gets back with the car.
“No, I don’t know if I’m going to the firemen’s ball this year, but you know that my heart is with the firemen. If you don’t see me there tonight, you tell the boys that. No, I’ll try to get there, but I’m still not fully recovered from my cold. It kind of climbs on me in the evening.”
My grandmother lived in a three-story house that was old even in those days. There was a pear tree in the front yard which was heavily eroded by rain from years of not having any lawn.
The picket fence that once enclosed the lawn was gone, too, and people just drove their cars right up to the porch. In the winter the front yard was a mud hole and in the summer it was hard as a rock.
Jack used to curse the front yard as if it were a living thing. He was the man who lived with my grandmother for thirty years. He was not my grandfather, but an Italian who came down the road one day selling lots in Florida.
He was selling a vision of eternal oranges and sunshine door to door in a land where people ate apples and it rained a lot.
Jack stopped at my grandmother’s house to sell her a lot just a stone’s throw from downtown Miami, and he was delivering her whiskey a week later. He stayed for thirty years and Florida went on without him.
Jack hated the front yard because he thought it was against him. There had been a beautiful lawn there when Jack came along, but he let it wander off into nothing. He refused to water it or take care of it in any way.
Now the ground was so hard that it gave his car flat tires in the summer. The yard was always finding a nail to put in one of his tires or the car was always sinking out of sight in the winter when the rains came on.
The lawn had belonged to my grandfather who lived out the end of his life in an insane asylum. It had been his pride and joy and was said to be the place where his powers came from.
My grandfather was a minor Washington mystic who in 1911 prophesied the exact date when World War I would start: June 28, 1914, but it had been too much for him. He never got to enjoy the fruit of his labor because they had to put him away in 1913 and he spent seventeen years in the state insane asylum believing he was a child and it was actually May 3, 1872.
He believed that he was six years old and it was a cloudy day about to rain and his mother was baking a chocolate cake. It stayed May 3, 1872 for my grandfather until he died in 1930. It took seventeen years for that chocolate cake to be baked.
There was a photograph of my grandfather. I look a great deal like him. The only difference being that I am over six feet tall and he was not quite five feet tall. He had a dark idea that being so short, so close to the earth and his lawn would help to prophesy the exact date when World War I would start.
It was a shame that the war started without him. If only he could have held back his childhood for another year, avoided that chocolate cake, all of his dreams would have come true.
There were always two large dents in my grandmother’s house that had never been repaired and one of them came about this way: In the autumn the pears would get ripe on the tree in the front yard and the pears would fall on the ground and rot and bees would gather by the hundreds to swarm on them.
The bees somewhere along the line had picked up the habit of stinging Jack two or three times a year. They would sting him in the most ingenious ways.
Once a bee got in his wallet and he went down to the store to buy some food for dinner, not knowing the mischief that he carried in his pocket.
He took out his wallet to pay for the food.
“That will be 72 cents,” the grocer said.
“ AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” Jack replied, looking down to see a bee busy stinging him on the little finger.
The first large dent in the house was brought about by still another bee landing on Jack’s cigar as he was driving the car into the front yard that peary autumn the stock market crashed.
The bee ran down the cigar, Jack could only stare at it cross-eyed in terror, and stung him on the upper lip. His reaction to this was to drive the car immediately into the house.
That front yard had quite a history after Jack let the lawn go to hell. One day in 1932 Jack was off running an errand or delivering something for my grandmother. She wanted to dump the old mash and get a new batch going.
Because Jack was gone, she decided to do it herself. Grandmother put on a pair of railroad overalls that she used for working around the still and filled a wheelbarrow with mash and dumped it out in the front yard.
She had a flock of snow-white geese that roamed outside the house and nested in the garage that had not been used to park the car since the time Jack had come along selling futures in Florida.
Jack had some kind of idea that it was al

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