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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Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. All these traits are possible because of the deliberate killing of the “I,” the self, as suggested by the name “iDEATH. Adam II is created, not by the hand of God, but out of a disintegrating social order whose meaning is lost.

The two other people whose actions and speech we know, Brwutigan and Pauline, do not see her actions as dangerous; they are concerned and do not think the narrator has behaved correctly.

But Brautigan has a singular ability to tell a complete and compelling story through a series of small passages, which all on their own are extremely beautiful. It is a shabby world illuminated by rays of a marvellous compassion which would transform this reality of the poor and cast it “up into the sky, watching brautogan float over clouds and then into the evening Star. This society may represent what hrautigan man might wish it to be—an answer to or a substitute for the mechanistic, profit-seeking, inhumane world of social and moral decadence in which he finds himself, but the distortion in the new society is also obvious and just as unattractive.

More recently there has been a defection from iDeath by a drunken foul-mouthed figure called inBoil. The second sequence is watermelln first twenty-eight years of the narrator’s life. Donald Merriam Allen was an editor whose work with Grove Press and Four Seasons Foundation made the most important contribution to enlarging the contemporary American poetry canon.


In Watermelon Sugar

In this way Brautigan creates a fantastic world par excellence within which his use of symbolism and allegory creates a multilayered semantic connotations I will deal with later. His special light prose style perfectly captures the cultural hub of The new Adam finds his past as bewildering as the land outside Eden was to the old Adam.

They just have to happen. Her funeral takes place on “the black and soundless day”. If man faces up to his biological nature, if he realizes that sophisticated civilized acts grow out of biological instincts and drives, then he must connect his acts directly to his goals in order to return to the essential of existence.

In Watermelon Sugar is an American post-apocalyptic novel by Richard Brautigan written in and published in To the unnamed narrator: Therefore, we must remain open to all theories concerning the establishment of the ideal society.

When inBOIL kills himself by cutting off all his sensory organs except his tongue, he is saying, according to Patricia Hernlund, that “the people of iDEATH have cut themselves off from reality of the senses, except taste, to avoid being bothered by life” The four time sequences, through the point of view of the nameless narrator, are fragmented into a multiplicity of detail.

He is also a dramatist and translator and editor of many anthologies. One of several reference books focusing on Brautigan. Admittedly the novel does present some of the images of the pastoral tradition when one observes its characters engaged in happy labor, in solitary walks along the river, and in contented existence in little shacks in the hills. Concludes In Watermelon Sugar has the charm of the fairy story it almost is.

I had my suspicions after reading Revenge of the Lawn and Trout Fishing in Americabut this one put him forever in my private slush pile.

Words like “fine,” “nice,” “good,” “great” are made to do an unconscionable amount of work. Pauline, for example, is the healthy happy maiden who watermeloon delighted to whip up hearty stews 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 the pastoral setting of Watsrmelon Deserted Village.


In an unnamed town, sunlight is a different color every day, sometimes red, sometimes grey, sometimes yellow. Then Margaret, emerging from the Works, was told the happenings Only Brautigan could think up something so crazy, so out-of-this-world.

It was long and white I could almost feel its cold spray. The entire novel deals with the advantages of distancing oneself from those emotions which cause dangerous feelings of attachment to worldly things and events. Waterelon is my name. If we are to believe the narrator, the last straw in his relations with Margaret was her “performance at dinner,” which “really disgusted” him, and is the basis for his saying that everyone has turned against her.

Some natural, unprocessed materials are also used, such as pine and rocks or stones, but the community depends heavily on its local industry, the watermelon factory, to satisfy its needs.

Brooke Horvath, for example, calls In Watermelon Sugar.

In Watermelon Sugar – Wikipedia

Richard Brautiganborn in Tacoma, Iin, wrote this novella only for around 60 days inthe year I was born. 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. But he doesn’t win the prize and with some embarassment life goes on as usual. However, this was only published in