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New Meetup: Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

From: Amy
Sent on: Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Classic Literature and Cocktails Book Club!

What: Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

When: June 4,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: I've been wanting to investigate Richard Brautigan for a while after hearing so many things about him.

The edition I am going to read is: Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster and In Watermelon Sugar. These should not be too difficult to find in any independent bookstore as Richard Brautigan is practically a San Francisco icon. This qualifies as more of a modern classic since these pieces were published in the late 60's. There are short pieces of prose and some poems, it is not a traditional novel.

From Wikipedia:
"Trout Fishing In America is an abstract book without a clear central storyline. Instead, the book contains a series of anecdotes broken into chapters, with the same characters often reappearing from story to story. The phrase "Trout Fishing in America" is used in multiple ways: it is the title of the book, a character, a hotel, the act of fishing itself, a modifier (one character is named "Trout Fishing in America Shorty"), etc. Brautigan uses the theme of trout fishing as a point of departure for thinly veiled and often comical critiques of mainstream American society and culture. Several symbolic objects, such as a mayonnaise jar, a Ben Franklin statue in San Francisco's Washington Square, trout, etc. reappear throughout the book."

Location to follow but it will be somewhere accessible by Muni/Bart.

If you RSVP "yes" PLEASE make a serious attempt to read the book and show up! Yes, I know shit happens but repeated last minute flakes make a very negative impact on our discussion.

Thanks to Jennifer A. for the suggestion on the Meet-up place. Please keep them coming - as the sole organizer of this group I can really use everyone's help!

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