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Trout Fishing in America

A Novel
Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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In its first time in audio and with an introduction written and read by poet Billy Collins, Trout Fishing in America is an indescribable romp, by turns a hilarious, playful, and melancholy novel that wanders from San Francisco through America's culture.

Richard Brautigan's world is one of gentle magic and marvelous laughter, of the incredibly beautiful and the beautifully incredible. Trout Fishing in America is a pseudonym for the miraculous. A journey that begins at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin statue in San Francisco's Washington Square, that wanders through the wonders of America's rural waterways, and that ends, inevitably, with mayonnaise. Funny, wild, and sweet, Trout Fishing in America is an incomparable guidebook to the delights of exploration - both of land and mind.

Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. His early books became required reading for the hip generation, and on its publication Trout Fishing in America, considered by many as his best novel, became an international best seller. With it Brautigan caught the public's attention and became a cult hero. By 1970 Trout Fishing in America had become the namesake of a commune, a free school, an underground newspaper, and more.

©2016 Richard Brautigan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Simi Valley, CA, United States
  • 07-30-17

Bizarre

Not about Trout Fishing in the classical sense. Absolutely bizarre. Interesting, demented, and bizarre.

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Still strange and wonderful after all these years

Richard Brautigan wrote some strange things and this is wonderfully so. I read this in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I read several of his books. He might not be to everyone's taste, but I do like some quirky literature so he fits right in. Brautigan died by suicide at age 49 - he had a lot of personal problems that he could not work through. I'm glad he left us with some great writing.

This is book 9 of my Spring Back theme where I'm listening to books I read decades ago by favorite authors. All books have held up with at least 4 stars so far. This was a last minute switch and I'm glad I changed my list.

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Why do people like Brautigan?

This is a book for white adolescents, not grown people. it is so tedious and dull.

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Waste of time.

I wasted one of my Audible credits on this. Not even clever. Stream of consciousness, pharmaceutically induced.

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