The Abortion An Historical Romance 1966 Author:Richard Brautigan From a private reviewer on amazon.com: — Somewhere out there maybe there's a library for all the books never published, by people who weren't authors, for readers who weren't interested. Maybe my reviews should be sent there ! Richard Brautigan imagined himself working in such a place, where the overflow was stored in caves (but what about seepag... more »e? Whoa, man, what a bummer !) He no doubt thought melancholy thoughts about how his own writings would wind up just in such a place. But as for me, that's the wrong tune. He captured so much about his times, about human nature, about life itself in those minimalist little chapters of his. THE ABORTION is more lineal than his other works-it has a plot that he sticks to, a plot that even got me feeling tense as with some kind of pop thriller. He meets a most beautiful girl who is disgusted with her own beauty, doesn't feel it becomes her true soul. She settles down with the author in his weird library, a place where he has been hiding away from the "real world" for three years. But one thing leads to another, and an abortion becomes necessary. Given the way our great nation is going, someday soon this book is going to be burned; read it while you can. The couple fly down to San Diego, cross over to Tijuana, and find the abortionist. What happens ? Meatball doesn't reveal endings. Sorry.
The Brautigan humor, the whimsical observations plunked down in the middle of a totally different conversation. I like non-sequiturs. Perhaps enlightenment is found in such bouncing, scintillating simplicity. In any case, if you liked any others of Brautigan's work, you'll like this one for sure. Read the rest of them too. Richard Brautigan is gone. We will not see his like again, more's the pity.« less