The time is 1902, 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 1974.
The Hawkline Monster 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 un
i am willing to give second chances.even if i am angered or bewildered or heartbroken, i am always willing to take stock of circumstances, offer up the opportunity for redemption, and allow someone back into the warmth of my heart we should all be as emotionally charitable as me just don t fuck up a second time.i read this brautigan novel with trepidation that motherfucker burned me before are you distressed that i have already used variants of the word fuck twice in the first fifty or so words [...]
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 saidd maybe a bigger boat while you re at itThis is a freaky acid trip of a gothic western, Ju [...]
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 col [...]
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 read Brautigan if I happen across them.
The Hawkline Monster by Richard BrautiganMy rating 3 of 5 starsA Gothic Western This sure is a weird place, Greer said It ain t any weirder that Hawaii, Cameron said.As it turned out, Cameron was wrong.Blurb It is the beginning of the 20th century A huge yellow house stands in a field of frost in the Dead Hills of East Oregon In the basement of the house are The Chemicals.The Chemicals were Professor Hawkline s lifework but the Professor has disappeared and his lifework must be completed by his [...]
A Gothic Western Really Pretentious much What were you Brautigan, one of those writers who said I write so and so books, but with a so and so twist I 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 Imag [...]
My first experience with Richard Brautigan was not a positive one I dislikedA 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 did [...]
How many gothic westerns are there I read this long ago and remember it fondly.
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 little than 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 no [...]
a phenomenal book i keep carrying around with me and dipping into over and over again i read it twice the first time i read it which is always the hallmark of my great favouritese simple story really sort of sketches in a lovely series of scenes that play out in a matter of fact way that always hints at poetry, and engages my imagination so that i can see everything so vividly i love everything about these characters they are so real to me, natural and uttterly charmingough it s supposed to be a [...]
i can t even really begin to think about understanding why this book is so great on the one hand, it s simplicity itself on the other, it s a big shimmering cloud of mystery that floats through your eyes and into your brain and then turns to diamonds when you close the book so, yeah, i liked it.
Just like I always say, whiskey solves everything.
My first exposure to Brautigan, although I have one of his trilogy collections in my stack I wasnt ready to dig into that so when I came across this little volume I snatched it up A very light read, its only about 150 pages or so and Brautigan uses a very minimalist, trimmed down language in this dark story You could easily put this down in half a day Not only does this style make it extremely easy to read, it aptly sets the mood for the story through the eyes of the stark, simple, no nonsense g [...]
Hawkline Monster Purchased this book with tax payer dollars soon after becoming director, chief, cook and bottle washer of a then 12,000 population Cowboy county library I enjoyed Brautigan s creativity Sometimes felt it justifiable to buy other books by him, for a limited audience of local readers Trout Fishing, anyone It is mountainous timber and ranching territory with a single small city, located about 35 miles northeast from Bend, Oregon Near Bend, one of the places I enjoyed visiting was a [...]
A book I bought by chance after seeing it in the display cabinet of one of my favourite used book stores It happened that Sep was Western genre month so this being a gothic western and liking the cover, I decided to give it a chance A very easy, flowing read and a quirky interesting story The gist being that two gunslingers are hired by a young woman to come to Oregon to kill a monster that resides in the ice caves below their house in Oregon Many, many strange occurrences, which I ll let you di [...]
I read The Hawkline Monster as part of a collection of three of Brautigan s short works, but we re having our book club meeting about this tonight, so I want to put some thoughts down now.The Hawkline Monster is a book that the enjoyment of which depends a lot on what you read and why This can be said of a lot of works, sure, but in particular a book like this is going to disappoint or satisfy based on what you come into a book looking for.When I read, I want to be entertained, first and foremos [...]
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This little gem is is for all of you who love pure imagination accompanied by a wickedly dark sense of humor Its a metaphorical masterpiece.
Great meditation on psychedelic fantastical realism Couldn t put this one down.
The bottom line here is that I really want an elephant foot umbrella holder.This is another of Brautigan s parodies and is absurdist than, say, Dreaming of Babylon and The Abortion It s a good ride, though, if you suspend any concept of reality you may have and sort of let the story take you along There are many darkly comic elements throughout on one end of the spectrum, you have the Frankenstein ian tale of the monster overtaking its creator, while on the other end, you ve got two cowboys who [...]
Bon ssim Western surrealista i obscur, molt divertit.
Kind of a cross between True Grit, Frankenstein and a psychedelic hippie folk tale It is a very humorous quick read Plus, it is set in a haunted mansion on top of some ice caves in the high desert of Eastern Oregon in 1902.
Brilliant Just brilliant.This is, hands down, the best Brautigan book I have read so far Did you ever see or read The Shining Well, in some ways, this book is like that, but with a lot comedy and less nail biting tension In fact, I wonder if Stephen King ever read or was inspired by Richard Brautigan s work it seems like a great book to draw spin offs from At other times, this book reminded of William Burroughs, The Place of Dead Roads, with two killers as the protagonists So what is the story [...]
Well, this is a really really bad novel I wouldn t ever have finished it if it weren t written by Brautigan But because Brautigan wrote it I don t particularly mind the shitty parts and rather focus on the small things There are some really nice passages, take a look at these The road was very bleak, wandering like the handwriting of a dying person over the hills There were no houses, no barns, no fences, no signs that human life had ever made its way this far except for the road which was barel [...]
A brilliantly hilarious and strange weird Western from Brautigan A short books, as are all his books, it nevertheless inhabits its own length perfectly It is the fifth Brautigan I have read so far and probably the best I can t decide between this one and Sombrero Fallout The story is absurd and clever and has a lunatic charm The eponymous monster really is something new and delightful in a world of fiction where monsters have become somewhat bland This monster is unlike any other and it even has [...]
This was a weird one.Neither quite as awesome nor quite as ridiculous as the actually pretty spoiler y two sentence summary made it sound, this was still a hard to describe book Sort of like if Hunter S Thompson had decided to write a parody of a Gothic novel and a parody of a Western, but didn t want to bother writing two different novels Which, from what little I ve read about Richard Brautigan isn t too terribly far off the mark A short read, too, with every chapter being only about a page lo [...]