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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I suppose the thing it most reminds one of is a kind of vividly coloured quilt or counterpane, the squares of different stuff confidently stitched together to an end that is entirely personal but more than random.

Moving to this apartment after he had finished writing the novel makes this explanation less than plausible.

In his character we see contentment, gentleness, honesty, and the detachment from extreme emotion that is the foundation of the iDEATH philosophy. We’re that kind of people.

About halfway through dinner, Fred started to say something that looked as if it were important, but then he changed his mind and went back to eating his carrots.

The physical unmotivated self-destruction means a symbolic destruction of evil, physicality and materialistic corrupted world. That’s what makes great literature His sentences, whether soberly informative or wildly hallucinating, are seldom troubled by dependent clauses. Brautigan’s silence speaks loudly as he presents what seems to be a parody of the pastoral.

They are especially metafictional elements which problematise the referential function of language itself, and, in this way, construct what could be labeled, using Rosemary Jackson’s terminology, a linguistic fantasy.


In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan

But the narrator’s life as a contributor to the community is not particularly successful. The last tiger was killed on a spot later developed into a trout farm. Who writes the book is unimportant; whether it is good or not does not really matter—Al is a poor cook, too.

These brilliant novelists, most of them committed suicide, have minds that are too beautiful for us to understand. Brautigan judges his utopian commune and finds it wanting, and the “curious lack of emotion” is the very waatermelon for the negative judgment. It’s a project financed by the Amerikans. Significantly, three characters of the novel were born in this period, before the narrator.

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. May 19, Abby Hagler rated it it was amazing Shelves: In important respects it really is more sentimental, less radical. PX Belinski cannot empty his mind enough to find out what it’s all about.

Margaret, a collector of such ‘forgotten things’, is friendly with inBOIL and his followers, who explore the place and make whiskey.

The trout was laying very still now. The sequence begins on a Saturday about four months “ago” with signs of trouble between waermelon narrator and Margaret Says that satermelon critics think In Watermelon Sugar and the narrator expresses an affirmative approach to brautgan, while some think it expresses a negative approach.

Indeed, the perfected world of this novel does not work. The landscape of the novel is always changing. Next morning he got up early, took slices of white bread to make into doughballs for bait and set off. Its body shook very rapidly like a telescope during an earthquake. Brautigan shows that he realises this paradox. Publication suspended and 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.


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In Watermelon Sugar

He and his gang have gone back to live in a place called the Forgotten Works. All ears, thumbs, and fingers will watermflon quick frozen and sent to Pakistan. She looked very tired. He is one of the two writers who really influenced me” Completely free from the dead Margaret, he has Pauline, the new Eve who is totally integrated into nature.

The basic error results in boredom, ritual, and sterility devoid not only of pleasure but of all feeling and thus all real curiosity, vitality, or a reason for existence. Although a surgeon, a school principal, and even Maria Callas make fleeting appearances here, success and respectability are for the most part alien presences.

It is a huge trash heap where the remnants of a former civilization lie abandoned in great piles.

In her view, such a literature is “. He recognizes the problem inherent in society, and this may be his shock therapy to awaken watermslon itself to that problem, much the same way that Jonathan Swift? They love potatoes and no one cares about much beyond the present.

The narrator and Pauline again make love, and the narrator is again insomniac.