'A charming and original work... The parable itself is extremely relevant' The Times
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Published: 04 July 2002
Genre: Classic fiction
iDEATH is a place where the sun shines a different colour every day and where people travel to the length of their dreams. Rejecting the violence and hate of the old gang at the Forgotten Works, they lead gentle lives in watermelon sugar. In this book, Richard Brautigan discovers and expresses the mood of a new generation.
Delicate, fantastic and very funny... A highly individual style, a fertile, active inventiveness... It's cool, joyous, lucid and pleasant to read
Richard Brautigan is joining Hesse, Golding, Salinger and Vonnegut as a literary magus to the literate young
A charming and original work... The parable itself is extremely relevant
"We take the juice from the watermelons and cook it down until there is nothing left but sugar, and then we work it into the shape of this thing we have: our lives."In Brautigan’s phantasmagorical novella, all is made from watermelon sugar, inBOIL is invisibly ubiquitous, and the sun shines a different colour every day. The nameless narrator, whose “name depends on you”, is writing a book: the first book written in thirty-five years within the commune called iDEATH. The Tigers, now extinct, were multi-instrumental mathematicians who ate the narrator’s parents, yet the inhabitants of iDEATH fondly remember their song whilst living in fear of inBOIL and his gang of drunks from the Forgotten Works. Stylistically, In Watermelon Sugar captures the essence of Brautigan’s magical minimalist technique. It is a symbolic reverie almost synaesthetic in its imagery, all told in Brautigan’s unique and unpredictable voice. With surreal bite-size chapters and philosophical musings hidden behind these hallucinatory metaphors, this is a novella that exists as a parable, charming in its absurdity, for how imagination structures the way we choose to live. In this psychedelia-soaked dreamscape lies a reinterpretation of the pastoral, an analysis of Edenic impulses, and an allegorical account of the stunted utopianism of 1960s mythology of the American Dream. He has cooked all this down and worked it into the shape of this thing we have: this book.
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Richard Brautigan was born in Washington in 1935. During the 1950's he moved to California and became involved in the Beat Movement while developing his writing career. His novels include Trout Fishing ...