Barbara Bannon's review of 'The Abortion'
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Richard Brautigan | The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966

by Barbara A. Bannon?

Brautigan is, of course, the author of Trout Fishing in America, A Confederate General from Big Sur and In Watermelon Sugar, and one of the most authentic spokesmen the Age of Aquarius has yet produced. His new short novel is, despite the shock impact of the title, a gentle and loving book with a curiously innocent approach to life. There is, it seems, a strange public library somewhere in California. It never lends books, it only receives them; and at any hour of the day or night people are free to turn up and deposit copies of books they have written and put together themselves. (One example title is Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms.) The librarian and his girl Vida live and love there until Vida gets pregnant and they go off to Tijuana for an abortion. The abortion sequence is not so much harrowing as haunting and, like all of this very simple tale, it is in its own way part of a parable for our time. Mr. Brautigan takes the life style of today's young people and gives it an imaginative shake-up that cuts right across the generation gap.

Publishers Weekly?
January 25, 1971: 258

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