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A Gothic Western Really Pretentious much What were you Brautigan, one of those writers who saidI write so and so books, but with a so and so twistI mean, seriously, give us a bre oh Hey, so yeah, a gothic western Spot on Who knew one could be so apt in labeling their work My apologies Well done.Having A Go at One of Those Superficially Clever, Show offy but in reality rather hokey and stilted and at bottom irrelevent Mash up Comparative Descriptions That Critics Tend to Enjoy Imple A Gothic Western Really Pretentious much What were you Brautigan, one of those writers who saidI write so and so books, but with a so and so twistI mean, seriously, give us a bre oh Hey, so yeah, a gothic western Spot on Who knew one could be so apt in labeling their work My apologies Well done.Having A Go at One of Those Superficially Clever, Show offy but in reality rather hokey and stilted and at bottom irrelevent Mash up Comparative Descriptions That Critics Tend to Enjoy Implementing Imagine if Cormac McCarthy and Kurt Vonnegut travelled back in time to assassinate Jesse James only to find that Mary Shelley had already travelled forward in time and was using his body for scientific experimentation, and Robert Louis Stevenson was probably somewhere near like in the basement, with his chemicals hearing bits and pieces eh, forget this It does have in common some of the comic simplicity of Vonnegut, dreary dialogue involving cowboys, sort of like McCarthy, and indeed a science gone wild gothic aspect not entirely unlike Frankenstein, but those are just some things that came to my mind viz it doesn t smack of a rip off at all It s easy to read, elegant in its lack of verbose adornment, and it is wonderfully entertaining Main Characters and About Them Cameron counts Greer fucks Cameron fucks too though Cameron and Greer also both kill people Miss Hawkline fucks Magic Child fucks Miss Hawkline and Magic Child also both want to be rid of an evil or at least highly inconsiderate entity that dwells beneath their house Cameron and Greer also both want to kill this entity because they will get paid But sometimes both Cameron and Greer and both Miss Hawkline and Magic Child would rather fuck or eat than kill the entity Cameron counts everything shots fired, hoof clops clopped, silverware If there are amounts of things, he ll count them When he is counting the amount of times someone does something, he always anticipates it to be done 1time He expects to count to infinity, all the time There is no expectation of a cut off point for Cameron, and numbers are everything The House, What Surrounds it, and What is Contained Within it view spoiler Multiple chimneys of billowing smoke make the Hawkline house appear as a mini factory of industrial dread Frozen ground surrounds it on account of the ice caves beneath it Chemicals cum shadow light cum monster inadvertently originated by professor cum elephant foot umbrella stand Seeminglyinconvenient than dangerous, such a creation can cause reality not to fit its definition In the end, we have confirmation of what we all know already whiskey solves all problems hide spoiler Writing this review is preventing me from getting fucked I m going to go get fucked Whatever Richard Brautigan wrote, his writings, despite their deceptive simplicity, possessed some hidden magic And so it is with a playful gothic tale The Hawkline Monster They did not look tough or mean They looked like a relaxed essence distilled from these two qualities They acted as if they were very intimate with something going on that nobody else could see These are the heroes the goodhearted killers for hire When they were a hundred yards away from the house, the air suddenly t Whatever Richard Brautigan wrote, his writings, despite their deceptive simplicity, possessed some hidden magic And so it is with a playful gothic tale The Hawkline Monster They did not look tough or mean They looked like a relaxed essence distilled from these two qualities They acted as if they were very intimate with something going on that nobody else could see These are the heroes the goodhearted killers for hire When they were a hundred yards away from the house, the air suddenly turned cold The temperature dropped about forty degrees The drop was as sudden as the motion of a knife And this is the seat of evil.There is an allusion to Thanatopsis, a mysterious and a little bit mystical poem by William Cullen Bryant in the book Where rolls the Oregon, and hears no sound, Save his own dashings yet the dead are there And millions in those solitudes, since first The flight of years began, have laid them down In their last sleep the dead reign there alone Probably it was one of the stimuli to write this unique gothic fable, where everything, right from the start and straight to the end, defies every rule of every genre Just like I always say, whiskey solves everything. My first experience with Richard Brautigan was not a positive one I disliked A Confederate General from Big Sur Karen a similar bad Brautigan reaction to her first book, but she was convinced to give him another try with this book, and I was given the task of taking it out of the library for her She read it and gave it four stars Since it s my job to return it to the library, and because she asked me to, I give Brautigan a second chance It was ok I found it enjoyable and it read quickly a My first experience with Richard Brautigan was not a positive one I disliked A Confederate General from Big Sur Karen a similar bad Brautigan reaction to her first book, but she was convinced to give him another try with this book, and I was given the task of taking it out of the library for her She read it and gave it four stars Since it s my job to return it to the library, and because she asked me to, I give Brautigan a second chance It was ok I found it enjoyable and it read quickly and I didn t break out in any hives from Brautigan s hip counter cultureness There is something very 1970 s about the book, and the sex aspects of the book are a little creepy in the way that decade excels in just the thought of being conceived in that decade makes me feel a little queasy sometimes, no wonder my generation grew up to be stereotypical asexual slackers in the early 90 s, too much ickiness back in our formation I feel like I ve read this book before, though I can t remember what books it was But the whole d tournement of the Western and the of the myths of the American West, you know the cowboys and indians and shit like that I know I ve read before The only person that I can confidently say I ve read who also did this though was Ishmael Reed, but there must have been others The theme is interesting but not really ground breaking or anything that gets me very excited I can imagine in the 60 s 80 s when this theme was worked on quite a bit was a exorcism of sorts for authors and readers who had grown up immersed in the myths of the American West, John Wayne and Gunsmoke I only know the images, and the scenes in movies about the post war time but this is a time when little boys wanted to be cowboys and dressed up like cowboys with plastic six shooters I think these books are in a way the expression of grown ups still reeling from finding out that their childhood dreams had a different reality then they had believed I could just be making shit up though I liked this book well enough but not enough to make me want to venture into the dangerous, childish nihilism that I imagine most of Brautigan s other books to be seeped in Bonus rant My own personal favorite d tournement of the American West whitey s relationship with those that were here before we got here comes from the very un Situationist Rush Limbaugh He railed against the liberal myths of conquest you know the killing of in upwards of a million Native American s in the name of Manifest Destiny on the day before Thanksgiving last year In a rant that sounded suspiciously like a Holocaust Revisionist saying six million Jews couldn t have been killed and anyone saying that there were that many killed are falling for a Zionist conspiracy, he was ranting and raving about some number that Ward Churchill had for the number of Native Americans killed Limbaugh ranted about the number being inflated liberal nonsense, and then he had this gem I wish I had the actual transcript to quote verbatim , even if we had killed I m making this number up, I forget what number Churchill stated and Limbaugh disputed 20 million Indians, that is nothing compared to the number of Americans have killed by the introduction of tobacco to pale faces He added that he doesn t think that this means the Indians deserved to be killed off, but that they weren t the innocent victims they are made out to be Ha What a subversion of narratives for political purposes I grabbed this one because it said Gothic Western on the cover It was a really odd one The writing is simplistic but has a bit of a hypnotic quality I ll readBrautigan if I happen across them. A miniscule, oddball masterpiece Essentially functioning as one extended deadpan joke, The Hawkline Monster is a strange story told straightforwardly Structured in Brautigan s characteristic fragmentary chapters which average about two pages and sometimes contain littlethan one singular thought , the plot begins with contract killers Greer and Cameron being approached by a stranger named Magic Child She has a job for them come to Hawkline Manor, a house in eastern Oregon but near no A miniscule, oddball masterpiece Essentially functioning as one extended deadpan joke, The Hawkline Monster is a strange story told straightforwardly Structured in Brautigan s characteristic fragmentary chapters which average about two pages and sometimes contain littlethan one singular thought , the plot begins with contract killers Greer and Cameron being approached by a stranger named Magic Child She has a job for them come to Hawkline Manor, a house in eastern Oregon but near nothing of note, and kill the monster that lives in the ice caves below the house The wholly original voice Brautigan creates depends in large part upon the originality of his story, which, in large part, depends on its weirdness In the book, this weirdness takes two forms, which alternate first, the setting and circumstances are inherently weird, as if they have always been that way, and the characters simply accept them for being weird second, additional weird circumstances pop up along the way and the characters call them out for their weirdness There s something inherently satisfying about the off the wall creations Brautigan comes up with here, but you ll also be reading for their comedic payoff Some of the laughs come from the audacity of the story s twists and turns, and some come from the ways in which he gets out of the situations he puts his characters in And though the book can be read in one sitting, I found myself extending it for five days because I didn t want it to end I can t remember the last time a book made me slow down to finish it If there s any higher mark of praise you can give a book, I don t know what it would be How many gothic westerns are there I read this long ago and remember it fondly. It just howls and pounds on the iron door that s between the ice caves and the laboratory We ve kept the door locked ever since our father disappeared What does it sound like Cameron said It sounds like the combination of water being poured into a glass, Miss Hawkline said A dog barking and the muttering of a drunk parrot And very, very loud I think we re going to need the shotgun for this one, Cameron said.and maybe a bigger boat while you re at itThis is a freaky acid trip It just howls and pounds on the iron door that s between the ice caves and the laboratory We ve kept the door locked ever since our father disappeared What does it sound like Cameron said It sounds like the combination of water being poured into a glass, Miss Hawkline said A dog barking and the muttering of a drunk parrot And very, very loud I think we re going to need the shotgun for this one, Cameron said.and maybe a bigger boat while you re at itThis is a freaky acid trip of a gothic western, Judging by that description, I should have found it delightful, but mostly I found it pretty damned dreadful.There is a plot, so there s that.Two hired guns take on the task of killing a monster that lives under a house Lots of sex and weird stuff ensues There s a climax, well, several, if you count the sex , and an epilogue Brautigan s work seems a precursor to Bizarro fiction only it s no where near as good as most of the Bizarro stuff I ve read His dialogue seems stilted and the situations, while imaginative, tend to churn around aimlessly for far too long There are some funny bits and I never completely lost interest, hence my very weak three star rating.Butall of my reading life, Brautigan has been painted as some sort of literary god Truthfully, I found him not only ungodlike, but pretty mediocre.And yetI will give his fans the benefit of the doubt I ll read another I have plenty of his books In hardback, first editions, no less.You see, my father was a Brautigan fan Since he is deceased, and I can t ask him why, I asked my husband, who has also read most of Brautigan s books.Me Why Him Everybody kept saying what a great writer he was Me So after the first one, you kept reading them to see which one was the worstright Him WellI thought they might get better, but they didn t There you have it Now I understand how we ve managed to stay married for 23 years ^Free ☠ The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western ✐ Richard Brautigan The Hawkline Monster New York Simon and Schuster,First edition, first printing Octavopages The time is , the setting eastern Oregon Magic Child, a fifteen year old Indian girl, wanders into the wrong whorehouse looking for the right men to kill the monster that lives in the ice caves under the basement of Miss Hawkline s yellow house What follows is a series of wild, witty, and bizarre encounters The book was originally published in