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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan. 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 the counterculture generation. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

Published July 4th by Vintage Classics first published More Details Original Title. Bolinas, California , United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about In Watermelon Sugar , please sign up. I've tried for years and years to find something similar to In Watermelon Sugar Although of course there are other books and authors that I love dearly, I've found nothing that comes close to this book in any way not even other Brautigan books.

Does anyone have any recommendations?? Lisa "MeMa" Perez I had never heard of Brautigan and was given this book as a reading suggestion from a poet. I am so grateful that I've been awakened to colorful days …more I had never heard of Brautigan and was given this book as a reading suggestion from a poet.

I am so grateful that I've been awakened to colorful days in the company of trout, drifting upstream. The best books sadly have no equal. They come over bridges and light the way with lanterns. That's what makes great literature See 1 question about In Watermelon Sugar…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of In Watermelon Sugar. Set in the aftermath of a fallen civilization, it focuses on a commune organized around a central gathering house which is named "iDEATH".

In this environment, many things are made of watermelon sugar though the inhabitants also use pine wood and stone for building material and fuel made from trout oil. The landscape of the novel is co The landscape of the novel is constantly in flux; each day has a different colored sun which creates different colored watermelons, and the central building also changes frequently. The novel's narrator, who is left unnamed, claims to be writing an investigative book on his experiences at iDEATH.

I almost can't believe how dazzling this book is. In Watermelon Sugar is pages long — many of which are half pages at best — and yet manages to whip up a stunning, strange, surreal little world, full of sad, sweet characters and shockingly beautiful images. It's the simplest little story: two lovers, a scorned ex-girlfriend, an old-timer who lights the lanterns on the bridges, a chef who cooks nothing but carrots.

The whole book takes place in a few days, in a tiny little town where everythi I almost can't believe how dazzling this book is. The whole book takes place in a few days, in a tiny little town where everything houses, statues, dishes, clothes, etc. Oh, and the sun shines a different color every day of the week, so the watermelon sugar is different colors depending on the day it was made.

On Sundays the sun is not only black but soundless, and everything is silent until the sun sets. In addition to the statues of vegetables all around the town, there's a trout hatchery, the Forgotten Works, the abandoned bridge, a restaurant, and a huge lake, with couches on the beach. When anyone in town dies, they are put in a glass coffin which is lined with foxfire and sunk into the lake, where it glows and glows and glows.

I know a lot of people hate Brautigan pretty rabidly, but those people are obviously missing some kind of cog or other soul mechanism that fosters the appreciation of strange, sad beauty. View all 10 comments. Sep 23, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: end-of-world-dystopian-apocalyptic. Bizarre and surreal pretty much sums this up and I know many people see this as utopian, a Garden of Eden setting in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world. Brautigan indicated that Bolinas, the town in California where he lived for a while, provided something of a template.

It is notoriously reclusive and the abode of poets, artists and ecologists. There's his girlfriend Pauline, an ex-girlfriend Marg Bizarre and surreal pretty much sums this up and I know many people see this as utopian, a Garden of Eden setting in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic world.

There's his girlfriend Pauline, an ex-girlfriend Margaret, a chef who cooks mainly carrots and various assorted others. The sun is a different colour each day, most things are made of watermelon sugar and pine and there is little room for books. Nearby there is a vast rubbish dump full of forgotten things from previous times. Margaret is thought of as odd as she goes and collects these things.

There is also a rogue element led by inBOIL and his friends who live in shacks and make whiskey from forgotten things. I haven't even mentioned the watermelontrout oil, the talking tigers now extinct and the trout Brautigan liked trout. 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.

Margaret's untimely death and the undercurrent of violence is disturbing. There is one classic scene, which is really the centrepoint of the book which is pure Monty Python; remember the scene in Life of Brian where Brian is on the cross and thinks he is about to be rescued, but the rescuers commit mass suicide? I wonder if this is where the writers got the idea. Love and death are central themes here. Paradise is not all it seems and the main characters whilst at peace with nature are narrow and parochial with no sense of wanting to learn or know; no sense of adventure.

Lots of hidden messages and warnings for such a short book View all 4 comments. Mar 20, Mario the lone bookwolf rated it did not like it Shelves: humor-and-comedy. One of the worst books I have ever read, completely overrated, this seems to be one of these cases of a too subtle, culturally important, snob, hyped by pseudo-intellectuals novels without any real worth. I see the same thing happen in movies too when the general public loves a great, "just" entertaining masterpiece an One of the worst books I have ever read, completely overrated, this seems to be one of these cases of a too subtle, culturally important, snob, hyped by pseudo-intellectuals novels without any real worth.

I see the same thing happen in movies too when the general public loves a great, "just" entertaining masterpiece and the so-called critics deem it unworthy. Then anyone could say, look, I wrote something without concept. With literature, it seems to be legit. Even Nobel prices are given for creating cruelties like that, while evil mainstream or low, junk, light fiction gets ignored. I love those state founded literature prices where just boring, horrible stuff gets honored, but no great works of fiction.

If it is pseudointellectual, contemporary, strictly without any evil fantasy or fiction, it is ok. What I really hate about stuff like that is if people start to hate reading because something like this is given to them, probably Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged too and the trauma is completely understandable.

As an excuse, if readers are high all the time, everything may be great and I believe much of the average and very bad hippie and beatnik literature of the 60s to 80s has this problem.

If I would drink 6 to 8 beer Austrian beer has up to over 5 volume percent alcohol and is in 0,5 liter bottles and be able to read without getting an alcohol poisoning or start smoking weed, I would probably find this great too. I had to get these thoughts about some overrated books out of my system, now I feel much better. View 2 comments. Softly we are Richard Brautigan and we have nothing to do with hippies and we fish for trout and keep some of the trout in there because we are Richard and we like to look at them.

It suits us to have this mustache and to touch it periodically like one might touch a butterfly sitting there and wipe the crumbs away from something special that we have just eaten and enjoyed. View all 3 comments. In the hippie world life obeys its own laws. And those who live in a watermelon fairytale are lucky because watermelon sugar is a universal stuff that can serve all purposes in life and satisfy all far-out wishes.

I once had a dream about the aqueduct being a musical instrument filled with water and bells hanging by small watermelon chains right at the top of the water and the water making the bells ring. He broiled t In the hippie world life obeys its own laws. He broiled them with mushrooms and a sauce made from watermelon sugar and spices.

There was hot bread fresh from the oven and sweet butter and glasses of ice-cold milk.

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The parable itself is extremely relevant' The Times 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 the counterculture generation. A highly individual style, a fertile, active inventiveness The Estate of Richard Brautigan. Richard Brautigan was born in Washington in

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In Watermelon Sugar is an American postmodern post-apocalyptic novel by Richard Brautigan written in and published in Set in the aftermath of a fallen civilization, it focuses on a commune organized around a central gathering house which is named "i DEATH ". In this environment, many things are made of watermelon sugar though the inhabitants also use pine wood and stone for building material and fuel made from trout oil. The landscape of the novel is constantly in flux; each day has a different colored sun which creates different colored watermelons, and the central building also changes frequently. The novel's narrator, who is left unnamed, claims to be writing an investigative book on his experiences at i DEATH.

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