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The time is 1902, the setting eastern Oregon. Magic Child, a fifteen-year-old Indian girl, wanders into the wrong whorehouse looking for the right men to kill the monster that lives in the ice caves under the basement of Miss Hawkline's yellow house. What follows is a series of wild, witty, and bizarre encounters. The book was originally published in 1974....

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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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The Hawkline Monster Reviews

  • karen
    2019-06-16 08:00

    i am willing to give second chances.even if i am angered or bewildered or heartbroken, i am always willing to take stock of circumstances, offer up the opportunity for redemption, and allow someone back into the warmth of my heart. we should all be as emotionally charitable as me. just don't fuck up a second time.i read this brautigan novel with trepidation. that motherfucker burned me before. are you distressed that i have already used variants of the word "fuck" twice in the first fifty or so words?then you will probably not like richard brautigan. read this instead. (i love the angry southerner's review of this - teehee)maureen assured me that this was a "good" brautigan book. unlike the brautigan to which i had been exposed in the past. if i had the correct facial muscles, i would have raised a single eyebrow at her, but i cannot do anything cool, so instead i grunted. she was in canada, and so could not hear me.but i'm game, so i made greg get this for me from the library. (princess neither does her own taxes nor leaves her own library-rental paper trail) and it was not at all bad.pretty enjoyable, in fact. i was doubly concerned before reading, because remember when robert coover wrote his version of a western; Ghost Town? i did not love that book at all. usually, his schtick works for me, but i remember being annoyed by that one. this one also does a sort of western mash-up, decorating the traditional western theme with some furnishings from the gothic genre. big isolated house, subterranean caverns, unnameable force of eeeevil. (well, pretty nameable, actually. it is called the hawkline monster, as a matter of fact)but it's got some ionesco lunacy and a lot of fuckin'. also teenaged prostitutes and a giant butler and an umbrella stand made out of an elephant's foot. also, some fuckin'.it is a little icky, of course, as artifacts from the seventies will be in the attitudes towards the interchangeability of women as sex partners and icksome group sex. but it is also a fast and perplexing read, where people suffer memory loss and blend into other people, sort of, and things are all a bit eerie. but funny. i don't know how to explain it. it is like watching a bunch of clowns in cowboy hats and eyeliner having an orgy. who can find the words?i am going to magnanimously let greg read this book before he returns it to the library. maybe he will find a better way of describing it.but for me, i will say - welcome to my heart, brautigan - watch your step...

  • Melki
    2019-06-14 09:19

    "It just howls and pounds on the iron door that's between the ice caves and the laboratory. We've kept the door locked ever since our father disappeared.""What does it sound like?" Cameron said."It sounds like the combination of water being poured into a glass," Miss Hawkline said. "A dog barking and the muttering of a drunk parrot. And very, very loud.""I think we're going to need the shotgun for this one," Cameron said....and maybe a bigger boat while you're at it...This is a freaky acid trip of a "gothic western," Judging by that description, I should have found it delightful, but mostly I found it pretty damned dreadful.There is a plot, so there's that.Two hired guns take on the task of killing a monster that lives under a house. Lots of sex and weird stuff ensues. There's a climax, (well, several, if you count the sex), and an epilogue. Brautigan's work seems a precursor to Bizarro fiction only it's no where near as good as most of the Bizarro stuff I've read. His dialogue seems stilted and the situations, while imaginative, tend to churn around aimlessly for far too long. There are some funny bits and I never completely lost interest, hence my very weak three-star rating.But...all of my reading life, Brautigan has been painted as some sort of literary god. Truthfully, I found him not only ungodlike, but pretty mediocre.And yet...I will give his fans the benefit of the doubt. I'll read another. I have plenty of his books. In hardback, first editions, no less.You see, my father was a Brautigan fan. Since he is deceased, and I can't ask him why, I asked my husband, who has also read most of Brautigan's books.Me - "Why?"Him - "Everybody kept saying what a great writer he was."Me - "So after the first one, you kept reading them to see which one was the worst...right?"Him - "Well...I thought they might get better, but they didn't."There you have it. Now I understand how we've managed to stay married for 23 years.

  • ZaRi
    2019-06-14 01:54

    هیولای هاوکلاین یک روایت است که ماجراهای دو هفت‌تیرکش و قاتل‌ حرفه‌ای به نام‌های "گریر" و "کامرون" را برای مخاطب بازگو می‌کند اما در عین حال هیولای هاوکلاین تنها یک رمان درباره زندگی دو قاتل نیست و در لایه‌های عمیق‌تر تغییر فرهنگ غرب را به سوی مدرنیته بررسی می‌کند.در همین راستا که دو کاراکتر داستانی از اورگان به شهری دورافتاده سفر می‌کنند و این سفر که برای انجام ماموریتی صورت پذیرفته هست کم‌کم به جست‌وجو در تاریخ غرب تغییر شکل می‌دهد و براتیگان با استفاده از سمبل ها و تمثیل‌های مختلف بخشی از تاریخ ایالات متحده آمریکا را به چالش می‌کشاند. «هیولایِ هاوکلاین»، یک وسترن گوتیک است که دنیای وسترن را به سخره می گیرد و المان های وحشت و وسترن یک به یک نقض می شوند همان گونه که این موضوع در رمان "رویای بابل" صورت گرفت؛ یک کتاب ضد وسترنی تمام عیار و شاید درست تر یک کتاب نقض کننده وسترنی با تمام المانهای آن.هیولای هاوکلاین که تلفیقی از رمان وسترن و گوتیک است و بخشی از تمدن آمریکایی را به مخاطب نشان می‌دهد، روایت یک نویسنده است که در بستری از خشونت شکل می‌گیرد و او با زبان تمثیل زندگی دو قاتل را به یک داستان هیجان‌انگیز تبدیل می‌کند که با زبان طنز همراه شده است. در بخشی ابتدایی کتاب، قهرمانان داستان طی ماجراهایی مسخ می‌شوند و این‌گونه کاراکترهای‌ بخش پایانی کتاب شکل می‌گیرند.

  • Vit Babenco
    2019-06-10 06:55

    Whatever Richard Brautigan wrote, his writings, despite their deceptive simplicity, possessed some hidden magic. And so it is with a playful gothic tale The Hawkline Monster.“They did not look tough or mean. They looked like a relaxed essence distilled from these two qualities. They acted as if they were very intimate with something going on that nobody else could see.” These are the heroes – the goodhearted killers for hire.“When they were a hundred yards away from the house, the air suddenly turned cold. The temperature dropped about forty degrees. The drop was as sudden as the motion of a knife.” And this is the seat of evil.There is an allusion to Thanatopsis, a mysterious and a little bit mystical poem by William Cullen Bryant in the book:“Where rolls the Oregon, and hears no sound, Save his own dashings – yet the dead are there: And millions in those solitudes, since first The flight of years began, have laid them down In their last sleep – the dead reign there alone.”Probably it was one of the stimuli to write this unique gothic fable, where everything, right from the start and straight to the end, defies every rule of every genre…

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-05-26 01:50

    I grabbed this one because it said Gothic Western on the cover. It was a really odd one. The writing is simplistic but has a bit of a hypnotic quality. I'll read more Brautigan if I happen across them.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-06-03 07:16

    The Hawkline Monster by Richard BrautiganMy rating: 3 of 5 starsA Gothic Western'This sure is a weird place,' Greer said.'It ain't any weirder that Hawaii,' Cameron said.As it turned out, Cameron was wrong.Blurb: It is the beginning of the 20th century. A huge yellow house stands in a field of frost in the Dead Hills of East Oregon. In the basement of the house are The Chemicals.The Chemicals were Professor Hawkline's lifework - but the Professor has disappeared and his lifework must be completed by his two beautiful daughters...Who lay in bedrooms upstairs with two professional killers, Greer and Cameron. While their beloved giant butler lies dead and ignored on the front hall floor. Meanwhile, in the ice caves below the house, the Hawkline Monster laughs and roars.Thoughts: I must admit that I have been reading outside my comfort zone with this one. I know nothing of the gothic style of literature and as far as I know I haven't read any previously. My knowledge of the western genre consists of a few interesting movies (my favourite being perhaps McCabe & Mrs Miller) and the general idea of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood that has become synonymous with the genre. So my expectation going in to this was practically zero. The words "gothic western" just appealed to me and the premise of this one equally so. This being my first Brautigan also added to the newness of the experience for me.Greer and Cameron are instantly likable heroes, interest and sympathy for them created from the very first page with their wise cracking and obvious humanity. The journey to face the Hawkline Monster is interesting and well told in short bursts of anecdotal description that is in turns funny and obtuse. The majority of the chapters are a single page in length with the chapter headings often providing more of the plot movement than the contents, this is a new literary trick for me and I really grew to appreciate it when combined with Brautigans almost picaresque style of storytelling.It's just a little too bizarre for me to really love it. I couldn't really work out if the "monster" was real, if the entire story was just a metaphor for religion or some such other major literary topic and maybe that is the point of gothic literature? Something tells me it might be but I'm ready and willing to listen to others explanations on the subject (hint hint.)Although having said that I got the sudden urge to watch The X Files whilst reading this, the behaviour and description of the monster felt like the kind of case Mulder would have dragged Scully to investigate in the late 90s. Does anybody remember the episode How The Ghosts Stole Christmas from season 6? Am I on the right track now?As my friend from Manchester said of this book, a good, unusual and interesting novel but not great.Once upon a time Hal Ashby had lined up Jack Nicholson and Jeff Bridges for a film adaptation but it sadly never happened, then Tim Burton also had Jack Nicholson involved in an adaptation but this time with Clint Eastwood, happily this one never got off the ground.Further viewing suggestions:McCabe & Mrs MillerRide With The DevilHombreAdditional reading:Blood MeridianWelcome To Hard TimesThe Sisters BrothersOriginally posted at blahblahblahgay

  • Jacob J.
    2019-06-18 06:17

    A Gothic Western?Really? Pretentious much? What were you Brautigan, one of those writers who said ‘I write so-and-so books, but with a so-and-so twist’? I mean, seriously, give us a bre — oh! Hey, so yeah, a gothic western. Spot on. Who knew one could be so apt in labeling their work. My apologies. Well done.Having A Go at One of Those Superficially Clever, Show-offy-but-in-reality-rather-hokey-and-stilted-and-at-bottom-irrelevent Mash-up Comparative Descriptions That Critics Tend to Enjoy Implementing:Imagine if Cormac McCarthy and Kurt Vonnegut travelled back in time to assassinate Jesse James only to find that Mary Shelley had already travelled forward in time and was using his body for scientific experimentation, and Robert Louis Stevenson was… probably somewhere near… like in the basement, with his chemicals… hearing bits and pieces… eh, forget this. It does have in common some of the comic simplicity of Vonnegut, dreary dialogue involving cowboys, sort of like McCarthy, and indeed a science-gone-wild gothic aspect not entirely unlike Frankenstein, but those are just some things that came to my mind viz. it doesn’t smack of a rip-off at all. It’s easy to read, elegant in its lack of verbose adornment, and it is wonderfully entertaining. Main Characters and About Them:Cameron counts. Greer fucks. Cameron fucks too though. Cameron and Greer also both kill people. Miss Hawkline fucks. Magic Child fucks. Miss Hawkline and Magic Child also both want to be rid of an evil (or at least highly inconsiderate) entity that dwells beneath their house. Cameron and Greer also both want to kill this entity because they will get paid. But sometimes both Cameron and Greer and both Miss Hawkline and Magic Child would rather fuck or eat than kill the entity. Cameron counts everything; shots fired, hoof clops clopped, silverware. If there are amounts of things, he’ll count them. When he is counting the amount of times someone does something, he always anticipates it to be done 1 more time. He expects to count to infinity, all the time. There is no expectation of a cut-off point for Cameron, and numbers are everything. The House, What Surrounds it, and What is Contained Within it:(view spoiler)[Multiple chimneys of billowing smoke make the Hawkline house appear as a mini-factory of industrial dread. Frozen ground surrounds it on account of the ‘ice caves’ beneath it. Chemicals-cum-shadow/light-cum-monster inadvertently originated by professor-cum-elephant foot umbrella stand. Seemingly more inconvenient than dangerous, such a creation can cause reality not to fit its definition. In the end, we have confirmation of what we all know already; whiskey solves all problems. (hide spoiler)]Writing this review is preventing me from getting fucked. I’m going to go get fucked.

  • صان
    2019-06-19 05:53

    وقتی شروع شد با خودم گفتم به نظر کار ضعیف‌تری میاد. ولی هرچی جلوتر رفت بیشتر جذبش شدم!به شدت خلاقانه‌س و فانتزی و جذاب، طوری که اصلن نمی‌تونی حدس بزنی چه اتفاقی داره میفته و گاهی چیزایی توش رخ می‌ده که از شدت سادگی و احمقانگی قهقهه می‌زنی!عالی!

  • Greg
    2019-05-27 07:08

    My first experience with Richard Brautigan was not a positive one. I dislikedA Confederate General from Big Sur. Karen a similar bad Brautigan reaction to her first book, but she was convinced to give him another try with this book, and I was given the task of taking it out of the library for her. She read it and gave it four stars. Since it's my job to return it to the library, and because she asked me to, I give Brautigan a second chance. It was ok. I found it enjoyable and it read quickly and I didn't break out in any hives from Brautigan's hip-counter cultureness. There is something very 1970's about the book, and the sex aspects of the book are a little creepy in the way that decade excels in (just the thought of being conceived in that decade makes me feel a little queasy sometimes, no wonder my generation grew up to be stereotypical asexual slackers in the early 90's, too much ickiness back in our formation). I feel like I've read this book before, though. I can't remember what books it was. But the whole détournement of the Western and the of the myths of the American West, you know the cowboys and indians and shit like that I know I've read before. The only person that I can confidently say I've read who also did this though was Ishmael Reed, but there must have been others. The theme is interesting but not really ground breaking or anything that gets me very excited. I can imagine in the 60's-80's when this theme was worked on quite a bit was a exorcism of sorts for authors and readers who had grown up immersed in the myths of the American West, John Wayne and Gunsmoke. I only know the images, and the scenes in movies about the post-war time but this is a time when little boys wanted to be cowboys and dressed up like cowboys with plastic six shooters. I think these books are in a way the expression of grown-ups still reeling from finding out that their childhood dreams had a different reality then they had believed. I could just be making shit up though. I liked this book well enough but not enough to make me want to venture into the dangerous, childish nihilism that I imagine most of Brautigan's other books to be seeped in. ---------Bonus rant:My own personal favorite détournement of the American West / whitey's relationship with those that were here before we got here comes from the very un-Situationist Rush Limbaugh. He railed against the 'liberal' myths of conquest (you know the killing of in upwards of a million Native American's in the name of Manifest Destiny) on the day before Thanksgiving last year. In a rant that sounded suspiciously like a Holocaust Revisionist saying six million Jews couldn't have been killed and anyone saying that there were that many killed are falling for a Zionist conspiracy, he was ranting and raving about some number that Ward Churchill had for the number of Native Americans killed. Limbaugh ranted about the number being inflated liberal nonsense, and then he had this gem (I wish I had the actual transcript to quote verbatim), even if we had killed (I'm making this number up, I forget what number Churchill stated and Limbaugh disputed) 20 million Indians, that is nothing compared to the number of Americans have killed by the introduction of tobacco to pale faces. He added that he doesn't think that this means the Indians deserved to be killed off, but that they weren't the innocent victims they are made out to be. Ha! What a subversion of narratives for political purposes.

  • Rick Slane
    2019-06-12 03:10

    How many gothic westerns are there? I read this long ago and remember it fondly.

  • Gabe
    2019-05-27 07:01

    A miniscule, oddball masterpiece. Essentially functioning as one extended deadpan joke, "The Hawkline Monster" is a strange story told straightforwardly. Structured in Brautigan's characteristic fragmentary chapters (which average about two pages and sometimes contain little more than one singular thought), the plot begins with contract killers Greer and Cameron being approached by a stranger named Magic Child. She has a job for them: come to Hawkline Manor, a house in eastern Oregon but near nothing of note, and kill the monster that lives in the ice caves below the house. The wholly original voice Brautigan creates depends in large part upon the originality of his story, which, in large part, depends on its weirdness. In the book, this weirdness takes two forms, which alternate: first, the setting and circumstances are inherently weird, as if they have always been that way, and the characters simply accept them for being weird; second, additional weird circumstances pop up along the way and the characters call them out for their weirdness. There's something inherently satisfying about the off-the-wall creations Brautigan comes up with here, but you'll also be reading for their comedic payoff. Some of the laughs come from the audacity of the story's twists and turns, and some come from the ways in which he gets out of the situations he puts his characters in. And though the book can be read in one sitting, I found myself extending it for five days because I didn't want it to end. I can't remember the last time a book made me slow down to finish it. If there's any higher mark of praise you can give a book, I don't know what it would be.

  • Maureen
    2019-06-18 05:55

    a phenomenal book i keep carrying around with me and dipping into over and over again. i read it twice the first time i read it which is always the hallmark of my great favourites.the simple story really sort of sketches in a lovely series of scenes that play out in a matter of fact way that always hints at poetry, and engages my imagination so that i can see everything so vividly. i love everything about these characters: they are so real to me, natural and uttterly charming.though it's supposed to be a gothic western, in some ways i feel very strongly a kinship here to viking sagas or beowulf: fighting, eating, fucking, codes, women, and monsters.

  • Miss Ravi
    2019-06-01 06:01

    کتاب‌های براتیگان همیشه و بی هیچ دلیل واضحی خوش‍خوانن و احتمالا این به نثر روون کتابهاش و طنز ظریفی که به کار می‌بره برمی‌گرده. شاید این کتاب بهترین اثر براتیگان نباشه و در مواردی خواننده از بی‌اتفاقی و خط داستانی مستقیم و بی‌فراز و نشسیب اون کسل می‌شد اما حرفی برای گفتن داشت و من بدجوری دلم می‌خواد هیولا، سایه و غار یخی رو به موضوعات روانکاوی ربط بدم.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-06-24 04:10

    i can't even really begin to think about understanding why this book is so great. on the one hand, it's simplicity itself; on the other, it's a big shimmering cloud of mystery that floats through your eyes and into your brain and then turns to diamonds when you close the book. so, yeah, i liked it.

  • Arthur Graham
    2019-06-18 10:03

    Just like I always say, whiskey solves everything.

  • Christoph
    2019-06-05 09:01

    My first exposure to Brautigan, although I have one of his trilogy collections in my stack. I wasnt ready to dig into that so when I came across this little volume I snatched it up. A very light read, its only about 150 pages or so and Brautigan uses a very minimalist, trimmed down language in this dark story. You could easily put this down in half a day. Not only does this style make it extremely easy to read, it aptly sets the mood for the story through the eyes of the stark, simple, no-nonsense gunslingers, Cameron and Greer. But, with Brautigan, do not confuse an easy read for a light read. Billed as a "Gothic Western", which is actually a very appropriate description, this is a turn-of-the-20th-Century story of two old west-type gunslingers approached by a mysterious Indian woman on behalf of the remote Miss Hawkline. They are propositioned to take care of some business for her. The two gunslingers agree and travel to rural Oregon to meet this Miss Hawkline. When they arrive, they learn of the disappearance of Miss Hawkline's father who had been working on a strange experiment for the benefit of mankind known only as The Chemicals. Disaster has befallen this experiment by his disappearance and the emergence of the Ice Caves which have turned up under the basement where he performed his experiment causing the house and its immediate surroundings to turn blustery and freezing. Now, A monster in residence of the Ice Caves is terrorizing the caretakers of the Hawkline Mansion both physically and in much more frightening psychic forms. Can the Gunslingers destroy the Hawkline Monster and return things to the way they were?Under the extremely allegorical storyline we find some interesting ideas. The question of the duality of events is very evident in this story. There is always a division of good/bad, light/dark, him/her, even him/him and her/her. Beyond that, the basic moral of the story, that lofty endeavors usually go awry causing much devastation for coming generations to deal with in picking up the pieces, seems undeniable clear to me. Also, that even in resolution, the story that continues is almost as bleak as the devastation that proceeded. Perhaps, Brautigan is saying, for mankind one bad deed follows another.I am looking forward to reading more Brautigan from this. I may be disappointed if he uses the same minimalist writing style for other stories unless it plays into the mood so well such as this. But for those who like abstract, period-piece literature, do not miss this book!

  • Chrisl
    2019-06-09 04:16

    Hawkline Monster - Purchased this book with tax payer dollars soon after becoming director, ("chief, cook and bottle washer") of a then 12,000 population "Cowboy" county library. I enjoyed Brautigan's creativity. Sometimes felt it justifiable to buy other books by him, for a limited audience of local readers. Trout Fishing, anyone? It is mountainous timber and ranching territory with a single small city, located about 35 miles northeast from Bend, Oregon. Near Bend, one of the places I enjoyed visiting was a down sloping ice cave, in which the regrowing quilt of ice had covered the lower steps of a wooden stairway that had led to a former ice harvesting operation. Scary place. Slippage could have been ... When seeing this title that cave comes to mind. In the last presidential election, pro Trump voters accounted for about 75%. There are no longer Brautigan books in the library.

  • Bill
    2019-06-21 04:12

    A book I bought by chance after seeing it in the display cabinet of one of my favourite used book stores. It happened that Sep was Western genre month so this being a 'gothic western' and liking the cover, I decided to give it a chance. A very easy, flowing read and a quirky interesting story. The gist being that two gunslingers are hired by a young woman to come to Oregon to kill a monster that resides in the ice caves below their house in Oregon. Many, many strange occurrences, which I'll let you discover until the face-to-face meeting with the monster. I liked the two gunslingers, Cameron and Greer, both straight-forward, easy going hitmen, hitmen with standards and ethics. I liked the Hawkline sisters. At times it's almost childish, the story, but it held my interest and I enjoyed it thoroughly. A solid 3.5 stars.

  • Taylor
    2019-06-24 07:58

    I read The Hawkline Monster as part of a collection of three of Brautigan's short works, but we're having our book club meeting about this tonight, so I want to put some thoughts down now.The Hawkline Monster is a book that the enjoyment of which depends a lot on what you read and why. This can be said of a lot of works, sure, but in particular a book like this is going to disappoint or satisfy based on what you come into a book looking for.When I read, I want to be entertained, first and foremost. This isn't to say that what I read needs to be flashy, just that it needs to hold my interest. I want a good story, and if the story itself is grabbing enough, I'm willing to forgive a lot of other sins or imperfections. If the story is boring, though, see you later, book, I'm out of here (with some rare exceptions).The Hawkline Monster is a book that entertains. The story of two gunslingers who, upon returning to the contiguous states after a disastrous Hawaii trip, meet a woman nicknamed Magic Child, who implores them to come out to her house and kill a monster that her father created. High jinks ensue.Brautigan weaves his surreal magic with shots of both absurdist and deadpan humor, and creates a book that feels like the literary equivalent of a Dali painting. He asks the reader to suspend belief and use imagination, and in turn, the reader is rewarded with a story that feels like anything can happen, and is exciting in that Willy Wonka "Where the hell is he taking us?" train ride sort of way (but way less creepy).So you see, if you want a trajectory that's clearly defined, if your need for order is greater than your appreciation for chaos, then this isn't the kind of thing you're going to dig on.It's also not necessarily a book that's filled with a ton of deeper meaning, though I don't know that a solely shallow read is entirely fair, either. Brautigan plays a lot with duality - man/man, woman/woman, man/woman, light/dark, good/evil - and subverts some of the traditional concepts at play in those contrasts and comparisons: women as sexual aggressors, light as being bad, etc.He also toys with traditional concepts in his use of the genres "Gothic Western," in that the standard requirements of each genre is there, but not necessarily in the context that's expected. There's Magic Child, an Indian woman, the setting of the West (specifically Oregon), the gunslingers, talk of hangings and outlaw gangs, but then he takes the vast expanse of the West and stuffs it into the old creepy house of the Gothic, though the house itself isn't particularly medieval or pseudo-medieval, it's just odd and ominous. Ms. Hawkline initially seems like she's set up in the role of the crone with Magic Child as the virtuous (in personality, but not in, uh, the virginal sense so much) woman (view spoiler)[but then they meld into two versions of the same person, messing with the notion of a division or a contrast of the two (hide spoiler)]. The gunslingers might also be the heroes, with the Hawkline Monster as our villain, and there's even a servant (though he doesn't seem dim-witted in any way). The Hawkline Monster isn't one genre stylized as the other so much as it firmly straddles them, or takes pieces of both and throws them into a blinder. While I got a serious thrill from reading it, I don't know that I'd recommend it to someone as their first Brautigan experience. I'd still give that honor to Trout Fishing in America. With its vaguely autobiographical bent, it gives a stronger sense of Brautigan's voice and personality. The Hawkline Monster is certainly distinct, but it might take some time for the reader to "get" his intent. So for people looking to delve into his works, I'd suggest starting with Trout... over this one - but that said, if you appreciate a little magic and absurdity, this makes for a fine read any day.

  • Mark
    2019-06-25 07:50

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  • jj aitken
    2019-05-25 03:55

    This little gem is is for all of you who love pure imagination accompanied by a wickedly dark sense of humor. Its a metaphorical masterpiece.

  • Drew
    2019-06-25 08:00

    Great meditation on psychedelic fantastical realism. Couldn't put this one down.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-18 03:01

    The bottom line here is that I really want an elephant foot umbrella holder.This is another of Brautigan's parodies and is more absurdist than, say, Dreaming of Babylon and The Abortion. It's a good ride, though, if you suspend any concept of reality you may have and sort of let the story take you along. There are many darkly comic elements throughout - on one end of the spectrum, you have the Frankenstein-ian tale of the monster overtaking its creator, while on the other end, you've got two cowboys who can't seem to decide between having sex all the time and completing their mission (defeating said monster).It doesn't top my Brautigan list, but read it if you're looking for some of his less straightforward work.

  • Nandes
    2019-06-16 05:56

    Boníssim!! Western surrealista i obscur, molt divertit.

  • Kjsbreda
    2019-06-17 08:55

    Kind of a cross between True Grit, Frankenstein and a psychedelic hippie folk tale. It is a very humorous quick read. Plus, it is set in a haunted mansion on top of some ice caves in the high desert of Eastern Oregon in 1902.

  • Behdad Ahmadi
    2019-06-01 02:56

    نخستین برخورد من با جناب آقای ریچارد براتیگان شهیر، برخورد بسیار دلپذیری بود.تا جایی که اطلاع دارم این کتاب جزو بهترین کار هاش نیست، اما با این وجود فوق العاده بود.داستان بسیار هوشمندانه بود، قلم نوشته به حدود عالی ظریف و لطیف بود و نکاتی که میشد توی متن پیدا کرد، خواننده رو تخت تاثیر قرار می داد. داستان سرشاره از تعبیرات و نگرش های ادبی و خیال انگیز، توصیف های برگرفته از خیال و تخیل براتیگان که در نوع خودشون بسیار ناب هستن و به شخصه تا به حال با چنین تعبیراتی کم مواجه شده بودم.مثلا یکی از زیباترین جملات کتاب که مطمئنم تا مدت ها در ذهنم خواهد ماند:پیرمرد گفت «خدا را شکر...» کلمه خدا تقریبا در گلویش گم شد. شبیه صدای نشستن روی یک صندلی کهنه بود.اسم کامل کتاب، هیولای هاوکلاین، یک وسترن گوتیک هست، و گویا به اسمش هم وفادار بوده. البته یکی از دلایلی که شاید می تونستم لذت بیشتری از کتاب ببرم و نبردم، این بود که با هیچ کدوم از این دو فرهنگ آشنایی کاملی نداشتم و ندارم، به خصوص فرهنگ گوتیک. اما نقد هایی که خوندم همه اعتراف کرده بودن که المان های هردو ژانر به خوبی توی کتاب وجود داشته.هیولای هاوکلاین یک رمانه. یک رمان کوتاه و دیوانه وار. تا اواسط نزدیک به اواخر کتاب، همه چیز دیوانه وار پیش میره. اتفاقات هیچ دلیل و منطقی ندارن، همه چیز به شکل عجیب عادیه و به شکل عادی عجیبه. چیزی که فکر کنم گاهی اسمش رو رئالیسم جادویی میذارن. براتیگان اونقدر درباره این گنگ بودن و عجیب بودن دنیا پیشروی می کنه که گاهی دنیای کتاب حالت یک خواب به خودش میگیره و بیشتر به یک رویا شبیه میشه تا یک داستان، هرچند که یک رویای شدیدا لذت بخش.اما از نیمه دوم، داستان بیشتر فرم روایی به خودش میگیره و شروع می کنه به استدلال برای اتفاقات عجیب. بیشتر شبیه داستان میشه تا یک رویا، یک نوشته ادبی.توصیف ها بسیار هوشمندانه ست و دقیق و مثل قلم و نثر سراسر کتاب، بسیار شاعرانه. این عنصر شاعرانگی توی تمام بخش های کتاب وجود داره و کشش بینظیری به نیمه اول کتاب که تقریبا روایت و داستانی درش نیست میده.این کتاب، به سه کتاب به نام های هاوایی، دوشیزه هاوکلاین و هیولای هاوکلاین تقسیم شده، و همچنین به چندین و چندین و چند فصل.شاید مهم ترین ویژگی که من رو جذب این کتاب کرد، فصل بندی های بسیار خاصش بود. با وجود اینکه کتاب حتا 200 برگ هم نداره، سه صفحه تمام به فهرستش اختصاص داده شده. هر فصل، به طور میانگین دو صفحه ست! پایان ها و شروع های پیاپی توی متن اولن کشش خاصی به کتاب داده، دومن دست نویسنده رو برای استفاده از تعلیق های ادبی و جمله های کوبنده پایانی باز گذاشته، سومن به نویسنده اجازه داده خودش رو درگیر بخش های اضافی نکنه و درباره وقایع و محیط، فقط به حدی که لازم می بینه صحبت کنه.و چهارمن، فرم سینمایی عجیبی به کتاب داده. سینمایی نه به معنای توصیف های دقیق و رئال، تغییر راوی و دوربین به اقتضای اتمسفر داستان و چه و چه. بلکه به معنای سکانس، سکانس بودن داستان. محتوای هر فصل شباهت بسیار زیادی به یک سکانس داره.شروعش، محتواش، توصیف هاش و پایانش و همچنین ارتباطش با سکانس های قبلی و بعدی.در کل، کتاب فوق العاده و به یاد موندنی ای بود. چیزی که شاید بارها بخونمش.با اشتیاق سراغ کار های دیگه و بهترتون خواهم رفت آقای براتیگان!

  • Mat
    2019-06-17 01:54

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.This is, hands down, the best Brautigan book I have read so far. Did you ever see or read The Shining? Well, in some ways, this book is like that, but with a lot more comedy and less nail-biting tension. In fact, I wonder if Stephen King ever read or was inspired by Richard Brautigan's work - it seems like a great book to draw spin-offs from. At other times, this book reminded of William Burroughs, The Place of Dead Roads, with two killers as the protagonists. So what is the story about? Well, without giving too much away, The Hawkline Monster is set in an old classic Victorian mansion in the middle of nowhere (in the middle of Montana?) and there resides the two beautiful daughters of the scientist Mr. Hawkline who was killed by the monster who lives in the ice caves underneath the house. Magic Child, an Indian girl (or is she?), goes looking for the two men I mentioned above, and commissions them to come and kill the monster. Well, this is no regular monster. Allegorically this book is full of symbolism and subtle messages. For example, many people fight invisible monsters, sometimes called 'demons', which cannot be just killed by regular means. Also, the developments made in the sciences, especially in this case the chemical sciences, might seem exciting and wonderful on one level, but they can be extremely dangerous if in the wrong hands. It is no accident that Brautigan sets this novel in the early 20th century - a century torn apart by warfare and conflict in which humans found better ways to continue killing each other. This book is a real work of art and could be turned into a fantastic movie too - maybe someone like Tarentino would do it justice.

  • Isabelle
    2019-06-15 05:09

    Well, this is a really really bad 'novel'. I wouldn't ever have finished it if it weren't written by Brautigan. But because Brautigan wrote it I don't particularly mind the shitty parts and rather focus on the small things. There are some really nice passages, take a look at these:The road was very bleak, wandering like the handwriting of a dying person over the hills. There were no houses, no barns, no fences, no signs that human life had ever made its way this far except for the road which was barely legible.It was now almost midnight and a Victorian clock was pushing Twentieth century minutes toward twelve.The expression, which was one of quiet repose, gone to meet his Maker, as they say, on the butler's face had remained unaltered in his transformation from a giant into a dwarf but of course the expression was much smaller.This is a sad book. In fact it is not unlike Blood Meridian; both subvert the genre of the classical Western, but you have to dig very deep, otherwise you will take it all for sarcasm. You might even think this is a crude and vulgar book. Cameron is the one who's suffering from arithmomania here and I followed suit: the word fuck/ed/s occurs exactly 55 times in The Hawkline Monster (not bad for 220 pages, with almost 2/3 being blank space). Richard might appear just a tad bit bitter here, and he probably was. This reminded me all very much of Joanna Newsom singing life is thundering blissful towards death, which seems to describe Richard's approach quite nicely.

  • Rhys
    2019-06-02 09:06

    A brilliantly hilarious and strange 'weird Western' from Brautigan. A short books, as are all his books, it nevertheless inhabits its own length perfectly. It is the fifth Brautigan I have read so far and probably the best (I can't decide between this one and Sombrero Fallout). The story is absurd and clever and has a lunatic charm. The eponymous monster really is something new and delightful in a world of fiction where monsters have become somewhat bland. This monster is unlike any other and it even has a shadow that doesn't agree with it....The prose is reminiscent of Vonnegut in many ways, and yet Brautigan is a master of the totally unexpected metaphor, something that Vonnegut never really attempted. The oddness and ingenuity of his language twists never distract from the rapid flow of the narrative. Brautigan isn't a 'wordplay' writer so much as a writer with a pared-down style that is original and inventive (most other writers with pared-down styles resemble each other; Brautigan is unique).

  • Orrin Grey
    2019-05-27 09:13

    This was a weird one.Neither quite as awesome nor quite as ridiculous as the (actually pretty spoiler-y) two-sentence summary made it sound, this was still a hard-to-describe book. Sort of like if Hunter S. Thompson had decided to write a parody of a Gothic novel and a parody of a Western, but didn't want to bother writing two different novels. (Which, from what little I've read about Richard Brautigan isn't too terribly far off the mark.)A short read, too, with every chapter being only about a page long. One chapter was only a paragraph.It was a little less Gothic than I was hoping, and the monster was a little disappointing, but it was definitely something else, anyway.