Every Tuesday on we take a look at books and authors from mainstream literary fiction that contain aspects of science fiction, fantasy. First published in , In Watermelon Sugar was Richard Brautigan’s third published novel and, according to Newton Smith, “a parable for survival in the 20th. Complete summary of Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of In Watermelon Sugar.

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It helps me to remember how to live, in the words wategmelon Annie Dillard, “yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. In Watermelon Sugar 1 3 May 09, But considering the peacefulness and security that the people enjoy, boredom can’t be much of a problem Leavitt His lack of reaction is a displacement technique: Mar 14, K.

Their lives don’t revolve around emotions. Brautigan took the manuscript to Jack Spicerhoping he would provide the same guidance and editorial insight he had provided from Brautigan’s earlier manuscript, Trout Fishing in America watermlon, but Spicer turned him away with explanation.

The narrator also describes btautigan simple shack made from natural materials and tells us, “I have a gentle life” IWSp.

No loves exists between them, just the fulfilling of bodily needs. Brautigan’s work is jigsaw puzzle art that demands more than close reading; it demands an active participation by the reader, a reconstruction of a vision that has been fragmented but watermelob by a private poetic sensibility. Nearly everything is manufactured in this town from a substance called watermelon sugar, which is harvested from multi-colored watermelons.


The most obvious feature of Trout Fishing in Americahowever, is a soft-spoken anarchy that becomes more powerful as the book proceeds, using trout fishing as a false theme that has less and less relation to anything one might expect from the title.

Those who step on this particular board and those who don’t. The narrator in Brautigan’s novel In Watermelon Sugar comments on his own status in a following way:.

There were flowers all around. On the structural level, all the characters in this novel have no doubt about the fantastic world they live in.

It just comes out—sugary. What were her choices if Charley had not assigned her to cooking and she had no children after nine years or more?

Focuses on science fiction commentary, criticism, bfautigan, and book reviews. In her view, these “. But Brautigan has a singular ability to tell a complete and compelling story through a series of small passages, which all on their own are extremely beautiful. The problem is “how does one explain the presence of a narrator who is disarmingly lyrical and placid while sugxr the same time harboring such ugly traits? In addition to repetition, Brautigan uses juxtaposition.

In Watermelon Sugar

Better yet, he must allow himself to become an instrument of nature. The first book, “In Watermelon Sugar,” establishes the setting, introduces characters, and gives exposition—all in fragmented time—but it has its strongest effect on the reader in the one scene where the tigers kill and eat the narrator’s parents.


The story teller gets a preview of Margaret’s suicide she hangs herself from an apple tree with a blue scarf by seeing the event in the Statue of Mirrors where “everything is reflected. It is notoriously reclusive and the abode of poets, artists and ecologists.

At the same time, within this fictional story his use of fantasy does not only support its fictitious status, but also creates an alternative vision of reality and kn out at man’s withdrawal from the nature. University of California at Santa Cruz, In his character we see contentment, gentleness, honesty, and the detachment from extreme emotion brutigan is the foundation of the iDEATH philosophy.

This new “sensibility” transgresses the boundaries of social institutional pattern and suggests freedom, freedom of the body and the mind that is understood as a freedom of the liberated spirit in Brautigan’s novel.

Richard Brautigan > In Watermelon Sugar

To propose that Brautigan intended to produce a negative statement of some significance warrants a thorough examination. The book exists out of time, and possibly even out of space. Now that ought to scare your parents. The novel alludes to communal experiments of the s, involving the intersection of nature and technology.

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