A heartbroken American writer starts a story about an ice-cold sombrero that falls inexplicably from the sky and lands in the centre of a small Southwest town. Devastated by the departure of his gorgeous Japanese girlfriend, he cannot concentrate on his writing and in frustration he throws away his beginning.
But as the man searches through his apartment for strands of his lost love's hair, the discarded story in the wastepaper basket - through some kind of elaborate origami - carries on without him. Arguments over the sombrero begin, one thing leads to another and before long all hell breaks loose in the normally sleep town.
Brautigan's fertile imagination twists and pulls at the ensuing chaos to come up with a tender, moving, surreal and incredibly funny tale that is told by a writer at the very peak of his creative powers.
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This novel concerns an American humorist who is struggling to come to terms with the break-up of a relationship. He tries to write, but he cannot. A failed attempt ends up in the rubbish bin. At the same time as we are told of his break-up, the story in the bin forms a life of its own.Review:
"Brautigan's comic touch is predictably unerring and the hilarious narrative development is studded with wry surreal gags" ( New Statesman)
"As always with Mr Brautigan, the more preposterous the situation, the funnier the book" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"A born writer . . . he can't be dull" ( Sunday Times)
"His style and wit transmit so much energy that energy itself becomes the message. Only a hedonist could cram so much life onto a single page" ( Newsweek)
"Delicate, fantastic and very funny . . . A highly individual style, a fertile, active inventiveness . . . It's cool, joyous, lucid and pleasant to read"
"Defies reality with complete success an original and charming view of the world"
"If you like a little eccentricity and humour in your fiction, this novel of tiny punchy chapters is a revelation" ( Bath Life)
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Book Description Arena. Paperback. Book Condition: POOR. Possible ex-library copy with the library's markings. May have moderate notes or highlighting. Will no longer have its dust jacket if applicable and accessories may no longer be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2583187837
Book Description Arena Books, 1987. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Book Description: Arena Books, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine with the previous owner name to the ffep, a very clean tight book. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall, 187pp, 195 g. He reached into the typewriter, removed a piece of paper about a sombrero falling from the sky, tore into pieces and threw the pieces away. All the while he was crying. He was a very well-known American humorist. It was difficult to find a bookstore that did not carry at least one of his books. Then why was he crying? Wasn't fame enough? The answer is quite simple, His Japanese girlfriend was gone. Bookseller Inventory # 2791897. Bookseller Inventory # 001897