The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966

The Abortion An Historical Romance The Abortion is a novel about a California library which accepts books in any form and from any authors who wish to donate children submit crayoned tales of toys teens of angst and elders memoirs the

  • Title: The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966
  • Author: Richard Brautigan
  • ISBN: 9780330241892
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Abortion is a novel about a California library which accepts books in any form and from any authors who wish to donate children submit crayoned tales of toys teens of angst and elders memoirs the unwanted, the lyrical haunted volumes of American writing Summoned by a silver bell at all hours, the librarian catalogues the books not by Dewey, but by placementThe Abortion is a novel about a California library which accepts books in any form and from any authors who wish to donate children submit crayoned tales of toys teens of angst and elders memoirs the unwanted, the lyrical haunted volumes of American writing Summoned by a silver bell at all hours, the librarian catalogues the books not by Dewey, but by placement on whatever shelf the author chooses.Then Vida appears Awkwardly shy, she s described as the world s most beautiful woman Admen would have made into a national park if they would have gotten their hands on her Falling for the reclusive librarian, she gets pregnant and goes to Tijuana for an abortion.

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    1. This is a beautiful library, timed perfectly, lush and American.I think it was right after reading Brautigan's A Confederate General From Big Sur that I learned of his project to start a library for all those unpublished books, written by amateurs and professionals alike, and in Brautigan's own words: "the unwanted, the lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing". This was a very real and passionate undertaking - after his death this collection (known now as The Brautigan Library) was moved [...]

    2. This book is so damn charming and lovable. Imagine this: a 31 year old hippie operates a library in San Fransisco, where anyone can be an author - just bring in your manuscript and put it up on the shelves. He doesn't get paid, he works because he thinks the work is important. One day, a woman comes in, a woman who is not simply beautiful, but whose beauty is so transcendent that it prevents her from leading a normal life. She moves in, gets pregnant, and the two take a leisurely trek down to TJ [...]

    3. It pretty much breaks my heart to knock this book down from five stars to four, but that's the chance you take when you re-read something that you loved many years ago. The book is still great, of course, with an outstandingly original premise (a library for books people write one copy of, that will never ever get published, let alone read by anyone else), and the characters are super But it just wasn't as knock-out fantastic this time as it was when I was nineteen.

    4. I can't believe how long it's taken me to discover and appreciate my fellow San Francisco writer, Richard Brautigan. I've even carted pocketbook copies of his various novels and his collection of stories around for years, always meaning to read them, never getting around to it.Delightfully narrated, beginning with a quirky narrator in a slightly surreal context (although the building described actually still exists google/maps/place/315), this lovely novel bops along into a romance and then turn [...]

    5. Another fantastic book by my fave writer. Whenever I'm reading him I start to notice an incredible amount of sychronicity between the things he's describing and the little things that are happening around me. For example, while reading this book my bus pulls into the Fresno greyhound depot right as the hero flies over Fresno and looks down from his plane window. May seem boring in type but it gets increasingly strange as they add up. *spoiler (doesn't matter)His style is so strange I think that [...]

    6. I guess, after a half century on this planet, it's about time that I would get around to reading something by Brautigan. I found this one in a used bookshop some time back, and remember someone once telling me about Trout Fishing in America. He didn't really sell Trout Fishing, nor Richard Brautigan, well enough to get my interest revved up. I was into the beats at the time and not really aware of hippie-lit as such. I was also going through a series of relationships with women who didn't know m [...]

    7. I hadn't read this in about twenty years, I'm guessing, and I wondered how it would hold up. Richard Brautigan writes like no other, and I still love him to death, but reading him at 40 instead of 20 is a different experience. I used to recommend him to "young people" who read the usual counter-culture stuff (Bukowski, Burroughs, Thompson [that's Hunter S not Jim, who's fallen back out of style it seems:] and Kerouac), but I'm not sure I would now. He's very of his time, and I hate to go so far [...]

    8. “‘Where do you live?’ I said. ‘The Kit Carson Hotel,’ she said. ‘And I’ve written a book,’ Then she handed it proudly to me as if it were the most precious thing in the world. And it was. It was a loose-leaf notebook of the type that you find everywhere in America. There is no place that does not have them. There was a heavy label pasted on the cover and written in broad green crayon across the label was the title: Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms”.A library full o [...]

    9. Her Richard Brautigan kitabı bir Wim Wenders filmi tadında! İnanılmaz çarpıcı! Yazarın olaylara değil durumlara takılı kaldığımız bir kitabı daha Brautigan'ın romanda betimlediği kütüphane çok ilgi çekiciydi. Bir kütüphaneci olarak aklımda en çok kalan kısmı bu kütüphaneydi diyebilirim. Herkesin kendi imkanlarıyla bastığı ya da el yazması şeklinde olan kitabı kütüphaneye alınır. Bunu alan kütüphaneci kitabın başkarakteridir. The Braugtigan Library diy [...]

    10. İlk yarısı harika, son 4 -5 sayfası da aynı şekilde. Ama tam ortada öyle bir bölüm vardı ki sanırım her paragrafta “Vida inanilmaz guzel, Vida guzelligi ile herkesi büyüledi, Vida gercekten çok güzel, Vida bidibidibidibidi”. İlk yarısında çok seveceğimi düşündüğüm bir kitap nasıl oldu da bu kadar kendini tekrarlayarak beni sıktı bilemiyorum. Yine de hoştu.

    11. Wow, what a great novel.Just when I think I have read the best Brautigan novel and he can't possibly get any better, then I read this and realise that, like William Burroughs, his writing got better and better with age.Many people rave about Naked Lunch but really Burroughs's magnum opus is the incredibly wild and fantastic The Western Lands - a book he wrote towards the end of his life. Similarly, with Richard Brautigan, many know him as the writer of Trout Fishing in America (which has sold ar [...]

    12. Although I love Brautigan and there's no doubt in him being one of the best Magic Realism authors,but I was a little bit disappointed in this book. The idea of the library was great, and how the librarian had the chance to meet this beautiful Vida and how they got along was interesting. But the rest of the book was unbelievably boringنمیشه گفت یکی از کارهای خوب براتیگان بود. ایده اولیه کتاب درباره کتابخانه عالی بود ، ولی رو [...]

    13. when i read this in high school, it seemed like a great short piece about a fanciful library, with a novel about some chick getting an abortion stapled onto the end of it. this time around it all came together and did that "hey check it out, i'm a diamond!" thing. that richard brautigan, he knew what he was doing. he might have been a paranoid schizophrenic, an alcoholic, and a generally funny-lookin' dude, but he was a genius, one of a kind, and not to be replaced.

    14. I was dreaming through every page, and it was the most playful, pleasant succession of dreams I have ever had.

    15. I am working my way through all of Brautigan's works. The Abortion is the worst of his novels I have read so far, though it has the best opening. The excellent conceit of the library that only accepts unpublished books and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has an enormous capacity for fictional possibilities, but unfortunately this novel doesn't do justice to any of them. The story, such as it exists, is really about escaping from this wonderful library almost as soon as the idea of it take [...]

    16. My second trip through Brautigan's surreal romantic landscape. I first read this book while in college in 1995 and it blew me away like most almost everything counter-culture and avant-garde blew my hayseed mind away back then. Twenty years later I am similarly impressed. Brautigan is a prose poet of a novelist and this one unfolds like the relaxed field of daisies for hire he describes, brought on by nipping whiskey in the afternoon, newly in love. The objectification of women is dealt with hea [...]

    17. you know, the style of this book was great and the story was fantastic but i could've done with about 50% less physical descriptions of vida, whose beauty may have been arresting in person but could not carry the story.

    18. Brautigan's surreal story is composed (as always) with his haunting and lyrical prose -- I can't put my finger on why, but I know this book will stay with me for a while. * spoilers, sort of In this novel, the main character is a librarian who collects books that will never be published. He houses these original copies in his library (whose address is actually the real Presidio Branch library in San Franciso). Eventually, he falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the world and gets her p [...]

    19. Here some keywords I came across before reading Brautigan for the first time (a.k.a. this novel): hippie, cult, outsider, naïve, lunatic, beatnik etc. etc. Oh those lazy critics and their stereotypes. I'll tell you what he is: an excellent writer of (in this case) a very tender story. Terrific. PS Yesterday I finished Kafka on the Shore and funny enough I just discovered that Haruki Murakami cited him as a major influence. Well, perhaps he is, but Brautigan is obviously a more gifted writer.

    20. Less charming the second time around. The rapturous description of the way his nineteen-year old girlfriend makes instant coffee, which stuck with me as secular prayer for years after reading it as a twenty-one year old, comes off now as leering (see jacket photo for male leer and female supplicant gaze). The author/protagonist's endless delectation of women's bodies writing in the mid-1960s only made me long for the arrival of the feminists with their long knives in the 1970s. Samson needed a h [...]

    21. I think we have the power to transform our lives into brand-new instantaneous rituals that we calmly act out when something hard comes up that we must do.We become like theaters.

    22. The words were flown like music ! A dreamy Sunday read, light and lovely.Delightfully written in an awkwardly delicate style.It is great book!

    23. Sometime in the 1980's somebody recommended Braughtigan's Trout Fishing in America, which I had not heard of at the time. I didn't follow up until I saw this book in some used bookstore in the 1990's, and it has been on a shelf or in a box since. I was at a loss for what to read next and hit the remote paperback section of my books where I store forgotten PB books, and pulled it out finally. And I am glad I did.I still know little about Braughtigan but I gather some people think of him as a hipp [...]

    24. We don't use the Dewey decimal system or any index system to keep track of our books. We record their entrance into the library in the Library Contents Ledger and then we give the book back to its author who is free to place it anywhere he wants in the library, on whatever shelf catches his fancy.It doesn't make any difference where a book is placed because nobody ever checks them out and nobody ever comes here to read them. This is not that kind of library. This is another kind of library. (20) [...]

    25. Richard Brautigan’s original working title for this book was “The American Experience”d the experience itself was an abortion. Not exactly a cheery outlook on American life in the 1960s.Initially the idea is treated obliquely and we are introduced to the narrator as the sole worker in a sort of anti-library where authors – young, old, good, bad – bring their books to be catalogued, placed on the shelves, and forgotten: never to be opened, never to be read. If Trout Fishing in America r [...]

    26. Un libro con un titolo così forte e un contenuto così delicato non può non essere letto. E poco importa se l'edizione Marcos y Marcos è intitolata La casa dei libri e quella isbn, appunto, L'aborto - Una storia romantica. Perché è di questo che tratta il libro: di un aborto, e di una storia romantica, semplice, spontanea, senza patemi né corteggiamenti. E l'aborto non è una metafora.Nella vita di un giovane bibliotecario, che fa la guardia a una strana biblioteca in cui vengono accolti i [...]

    27. Wow, what a weird book. I've read Brautigan before, but never any of his novels. The thing that struck me most about this book was Brautigan's use of simile and metaphor. Like Orwell calls for in Politics & the English Language, the connections Brautigan makes in/with his metaphors are wholly original. It's strange; the writing is really simple, almost casual, and you might get the impression that Dick B is nothing more than a slacker hippie with a slight aptitude for the written word and a [...]

    28. One summer when I was eleven (question mark) when I was working at the Governor's Island beach as a ball minder I read this. How did it get to me? I wonder. My parents were permissive--they let me read everything, but who would've told me about this book? Big mystery. That summer I spent most of my time on the wooden high chair overlooking the tennis courts where my parent's peers would frequently enlist my services as an official. I can not play tennis to save my life but I know the Internation [...]

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