So the Wind Won’t Blow it all Away is a beautifully-written, brooding gem of a novel - set in the Pacific Northwest region of Oregon where Brautigan spent most of his childhood.
Through the eyes, ears and voice of Brautigan’s youthful protagonist the reader is gently led into a small-town tale where the narrator accidentally shoots dead his best friend with a gun. The novel deals with the repercussions of this tragedy and its recurring theme of ‘What if…’ fuels anguish, regret and self-blame as well as some darkly comic passages of bitter-sweet romance and despair.
Taken with the recently discovered, An Unfortunate Woman, these two late Brautigan novels are a fitting epitaph to a complex, contradictory and often misunderstood genius.
“Poetic, gently eccentric and deeply poignant”
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“[His] most substantial novel … Brautigan is especially adept at evoking the everyday magic of childhood”
times Literary Supplement
“The verbal humour and zany charm of the book remain quite irresistible”
“Strikingly original … [Brautigan] is the lone eccentric on the busy city intersection staring at the sky and finding patterns in the clouds, while everyone else shuffles along staring at the ground”
“Brautigan gets you drunk on similes, knocks you out with exquisite turns of phrase … Amazing”
Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma, Washington where he spent much of his youth, before moving to San Francisco where he became involved with other writers in the Beat Movement. During the sixties he became one of the most prolific and prominent members of the counter-cultural movement, and wrote some of his most famous novels including Trout Fishing in America, Sombrero Fallout and A Confederate General from Big Sur.
He was found dead in 1984, aged 49, beside a bottle of alcohol and a .44 calibre gun. His daughter, Ianthe Brautigan, has written a biography of her father, You Can’t Catch Death.