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The Tokyo-Montana express [Paperback]

Richard Brautigan

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440087708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440087700
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brautigan, undoubtedly one of his wisest works July 18 1998
By Gregory Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Short stories loosely grouped to form a novel about the time Brautigan spent traveling back and forth between, as the title implies, Tokyo and Montana, this stands as one of the author's best, and undeservedly underrated works. Chapters such as "Old Man Working in the Rain" and "Very Good Dead Friends" will leave Brautigan fans, as well as those just getting to know his work, breathless with emotion. A work that in some places containts evidence of Brautigan's growing depression and dissatisfaction with life as age sets in, it is also one of his most personal, mature, and reflective creations. It is well worth searching for, but unfortunately hard to find.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you'll know when you've found one of these stations Dec 8 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
if you picked up this book because you've read brautigan before, skip this review, you don't need it. However, if you have no clue as to who could this guy envisioning an express between Tokyo and Montana, and you also think its a futile, impossible task, you're in for quite a treat. This book unfolds like an artichoke's flower, bursting out in strange but remarkably possible colors. Brautigan was someone who felt he had to write, you can tell by how he treats his words, with the utmost care and flippant caresses: How to explain an earthquake to a retarded child? try telling him wind is blowing through the ground, page whatever. Need i say more? Probably, but the pleasure is in discovery, not recognition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Comic Jan. 24 2013
By A. S. Weinle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book shouldn't really require a review, it should be on the reading lists of schools and accepted as part of the canon of american fiction. That said it's not as well known as it should be so some explanation is in order.

Tokyo-Montana Express is a series of short stories, from a single sentence (the brilliant lesson in the anatomy of a story that is the Scarlatti Tilt) to longer episodes, with backdrops of Montana and Tokyo, giving a montage of this period of his life. Brautigan shows the ridiculous and the somber together, inseparable.

5.0 out of 5 stars Photos From The Inside of a Brain Sept. 20 2010
By Nathan J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this novel/collection of flash fiction is so fresh, timely and unpredictable as it was when it was first printed. Every page rereadable. A must try. A must have.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brautigan's travel diary an intriguing waste of time June 23 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For most people, the idea of reading a 250 page book about travelling between Tokyo and Montana, (which Brautigan did for many years before hs death) is about as interesting as wallpaper. Fortunately, this is Richard Brautigan, and his wallpaper is like none you've ever seen. He wanders around, noting mostly sad scenes about the world around him, (like the one about his favorite chinese restaurant. He writes with such pathos that you feel sad and angry when it closes) though this world view can be compared to his mindset at the time; Brautigan took his own life just a few years later. For Brautigan fans, this will provide necessary insight into a normally distant personality. For everybody else, it will grow very tedious after awhile. Interesting idea, but the very concept wears thin quickly

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