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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Inn. 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.
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To ask other readers questions about In Watermelon Sugarplease 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….
In Watermelon Sugar
Lists with This Book. 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: 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: 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?
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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. 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. Dec 03, Gypsy rated it liked it Shelves: View all 8 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. Suggar 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.
About halfway through dinner, Fred started to say something that looked as if it were important, but then he changed his mind and went back to eating his carrots. And it is indispensable in rites… Margaret was dressed in death robes made from watermelon sugar and adorned with beads of foxfire, so that the light would shine forever from her tomb at night and on the black, soundless days.
Watermelon sugar is the alchemical substance saturated with poetry in its pure essential form and In Watermelon Sugar is poesy itself. Mar 14, K. At times funny yet dark overall. Poetic yet simple lines. One of the two books that I am planning to wategmelon again and again. Richard Brautiganborn in Tacoma, Washington, wrote this novella only for around 60 days inthe year I was born.
However, this was only published in In Watermelon Sugar was his 3rd novel after he earlier got noticed with his first, A Confederate General From Big Sur and got catapulted to international fame with his watermeoln, T Remarkable imagination.
In Watermelon Sugar was his 3rd novel after he earlier got noticed with his first, A Confederate General From Big Sur and got catapulted to international fame with his second, Trout Fishing in America. These three books were published in the 60’s at the height of Cold War, The Beatle’s popularity, hippies and the Anti-Vietnam war movements. Brautigan was one of those young men who seemed to have been caught in the counterculture revolutions sweeping the youths in the 60’s. Thompson and Yukio Mishima, Richard Brautigan also committed suicide.
Like Hemingway, he shot himself in the head. He was 49 years old. To date, I have already read around books. I did not know exactly why.
I first read it in elementary school when I was 8 years old but was not able to finish it. I still remember the elephant inside the boa constrictor and I was scared but I heard stories of snakes swallowing whole chicken so I did not see any metaphor or allusion on that. The next time I read it was when I was in college and it was the first required reading in our World’s Literature class. That was when I appreciated the whole story as we were required to go through the plot, theme, characters, quotes, sigar, etc.
It is as if the child-like characters of Saint-Exupery became real people, watrrmelon up but continued to live not on their individual planets but this time in a make-believe world where Watermelon WorksForgotten Works and iDeath were. Unlike the Little Prince who does not grow up or waterrmelon, in Brautigan’s novella, his quirky characters are dark, fall in love, fall out of love, cheat, cook and eat breakfast and commit suicide.
But after burying their dead, they go to the plaza and dance their sadness away. Brautigan taught me why I like De Saint-Exupery: Perhaps jn just would like to test the limit of their creativity.