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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These metafictional elements and especially an apparent fictitious and ambiguous status of a narrator undermine not only a make to believe approach to reality, but also the whole process of signification. In her study on fantastic literature entitled Fantasy: Margaret steps on the board everytime she crosses the bridge. Pauline, for example, is the healthy happy maiden who is delighted to whip up hearty brautigaj for the communal workers; and the schoolmaster who leads his pupils into a meadow to study nature is reminiscent of Goldsmith’s portrait of the school-master in braytigan pastoral setting of The Deserted Village.

In Watermelon Sugar – Artforum publisher

Viewing this book, then, as a parody of the pastoralone might consider the ideas that are implied by the silence and attempt to determine what Brautigan’s attitude is toward this “perfect” society. His writing, when he has his imagination under control, however, is frequently splendid and his imagery wxtermelon supple as to make more conventional writers look hopelessly musclebound.

In this notebook, Brautigan wrote a possible title: Concludes “the result is deliberately to subvert the kind xugar realism originally aspired to by the fictional practitioners of reportorial objectivity. Its “characters” are scarcely less elusive and amorphous than its plot, which in traditional terms is nonexistent; and its emotional tone varies inconclusively from the poignant to the inconsequential.


All of Brautigan’s techniques—repetition, juxtaposition, fragmentation of time and setting, use of strange lyricism and elements from fantasy and science fiction—come to us through brautigsn point of view of the nameless narrator and gradually accumulate toward characterization for negative effect.

In Watermelon Sugar

At least, they all get to dance. 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. Though she denies that she ever thought he would be more than a friend 41she physically encouraged the narrator at inBOIL’s funeral I loved you the most. She further observes that in connection with Freud’s theory “. The narrator in In Watermelon Sugar does not reveal the degree of physical violence that Brautigan did, but his calm acceptance of violent acts suggests him to be little better.

View all 4 comments. The landscape of the novel is always changing. Instead of the fruits of Eden, we now have statues of beans, of carrots, of rutabagas, of grass.

Ecologists are worried about that one. The tigers symbolize the destructive ambiguity of man, his instinct for survival and the rational nature that allows him to explain his acts of violence in terms of survival.

The new Adam emerges, not out of the dust of a universe in chaos, but out of the debris of a systematic and highly developed social order.


So what’s the difference between industrial polluters killing trout and fishermen braktigan trout? These negative characteristics do not make him totally unreliable so much as they make him a typical member of his society with exaggeration of certain traits.

But soon they’ll destroy all their trout streams, all their sources of life.

Pauline “just kept getting madder and madder and madder. Brautigan writes it in a very simple, very basic prose, something even 10 year-olds could understand. Such strong bonds to the past can lead only to disappointment and, in these two cases, to suicide.

Brautgan it is lyrical, and sweet, and good. Dec 03, Gypsy rated it liked usgar Shelves: Belinski Georgia Straightvol. In my paper, I will analyze textual strategies that form a fantastic nature of both authors’ texts, and, at the same time, I will discuss the subversive function of these fantastic elements.

The Works may be viewed with some restraint, as reminder of the past trauma, but they are also viewed as a useful scrap heap and a curiosity.

It helps me to remember how to live, in the words of Annie Dillard, “yielding at every moment to the perfect freedom of single necessity. Two tigers were killed on a bridge known later as the “abandoned” bridge.

There were some fingerlings darting around in a tray that had a lantern by the edge of it, illuminating Margaret’s face.