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Review: The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan

Hawkline had created his monster from ingredients ranging from Himalayan potions to drops of something from the Egyptian pyramids and, it was rumored, Atlantis. Livingston, Montana, members of “The Montana Gang,” hxwkline others were profiled in several newspaper articles, some of which mentioned Brautigan. The full text of this review reads, “We can move rather quickly through some other novels, all by people who have done good things in the past, and who now seem to be just fooling around.

But now there was this rumble. This it will provide, if the reader is not repelled by the repeated vulgarisms, or the occasional coarseness. The ladies tempt the men to shack up with them and try to rid the moldering family mansion of the monster that lurks in the ice caves beneath the house the monster and his ‘shadow’ as well. When I read, I want to be entertained, first and foremo 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.


She must have been someplace else but they didn’t know where. This death is one of the neatest and cleverest in modern fiction. The temperature dropped about forty degrees. It’s a dry but quirky tale, that stays just this side of dottiness. Gale Research Company,pp. Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. I’d still give that honor to Trout Fishing in America.

Sep 21, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: With its vaguely autobiographical bent, it gives a stronger sense of Brautigan’s voice and personality.

Most Helpful Most Recent. The writing is simplistic but has a bit of a hypnotic quality.

Unfortunately, he is unable to create the living characters it would take to make this ‘Gothic Western’ more of a story and less of an idea. With its bleak, parched landscape, rattlesnakes, and abandoned grave, the Dead Hills strikes a chord, resonant of other classic westerns. I hear that Russell Hoban has been compared and contrasted with Richard Brautigan, and this seems very unfair to Mr Hoban.

The setting, eastern Oregon. Hoban probably hates himself for those moments of great preciousness and whimsy which I much appreciated.

Before you decide, please allow me to acquaint you with hawklnie thoroughly. Brautigan also spoofs all three fictional genres in telling the outlandish story; in the casual and frequently joking presentation of his characters, their language, their thoughts, and their eccentricities; and in his many shifts of style and point of view.

Other aspects of the book are a slight turn of the screw away from the normal conventions of the western.


This depiction of the natural landscape is in contradiction with the landscape typical for the western genre. Brautigan symbolically shows that a rationalistic understanding of and approach to life and society can be only partly successful.

Unfortunately, he dies sprawled in the hall and monstrr Miss Hawklines insist that now is a good time for fornication. It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. Buffalo Chips in SoHo accents its line of new boots with old Randolph Scott film posters, genuine deputy marshal badges and risque cowgirl prints from the 40’s.

The full text of this review reads, “This book is in a sense Gothic—it is replete with spirits, ice caves, a manor, and an allegory of the limitations of science—and it is in a hawlkine Western—a pair of tough-but-tender gunmen are hired to exterminate the titular Monster—and it is, for better or worse, Brautigan.

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Edited by Janet Fletcher. Miss Hawkline wants Cameron and Greer to go down and kill the monster. Hawkline Monster image courtesy of Grant Hanna at http: I’m going to urge that you read the book.