An Unfortunate Woman, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


An Unfortunate Woman, An Unforgettable Journey was the final book written by Richard Brautigan before his death in 1984 and lay unpublished for sixteen years. Originally written in the 160 pages of a loose-leaf notebook, the narrator of the book is trying to come to terms with the death of a friend by going on a personal odyssey which zigzags through time and landscapes, from Oakland to Hawaii, and the wilds of Montana.

An Unfortunate Woman, An Unforgettable Journey walks a fine line between fiction and memoir, between dark introspection and a lust for life, and in the last pages in particular, marks a gut-wrenching, intense, and ultimately tragic exit from fiction and life itself for the troubled author.




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Brautigan's own story is rather a sad one, and seems perfectly summed up in this book of his memoirs, interspersed with little fictional treats. It is witty and funny, and very sensually written, but just like his other pieces, there are shades of melancholy that permeate throughout. That this should have been written in a notebook, and the end be the final page, seems perfectly fitting.

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