Publication Date: 02/08/2012 ISBN: 9780857862648 Category:

Sombrero Fallout

Richard Brautigan, Jarvis Cocker

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date: 02/08/2012 ISBN: 9780857862648 Category:
Paperback / Softback




A heartbroken American writer starts a story about an ice-cold sombrero that falls inexplicably from the sky and lands in the centre of a small Southwest town. Devastated by the departure of his gorgeous Japanese girlfriend, he cannot concentrate on his writing and in frustration he throws away his beginning.

But as the man searches through his apartment for strands of his lost love’s hair, the discarded story in the wastepaper basket – through some kind of elaborate origami – carries on without him. Arguments over the sombrero begin, one thing leads to another and before long all hell breaks loose in the normally sleepy town.

Brautigan’s fertile imagination twists and pulls at the ensuing chaos to come up with a tender, moving, surreal and incredibly funny tale that is told by a writer at the very peak of his creative powers.

Publisher Review

Brautigan's comic touch is predictably unerring and the hilarious narrative development is studded with wry surreal gags * * New Statesman * * As always with Mr Brautigan, the more preposterous the situation, the funnier the book * * Sunday Telegraph * * A born writer . . . he can't be dull * * Sunday Times * * His style and wit transmit so much energy that energy itself becomes the message. Only a hedonist could cram so much life onto a single page * * Newsweek * * Delicate, fantastic and very funny . . . A highly individual style, a fertile, active inventiveness . . . It's cool, joyous, lucid and pleasant to read Defies reality with complete success an original and charming view of the world If you like a little eccentricity and humour in your fiction, this novel of tiny punchy chapters is a revelation * * Bath Life * *

Find this book on the following lists

Book experts at your service

What are you looking for?

A recommendation
Something specific
  • Mr B's Recommendation Station
  • Fill in the three questions below, along with your name and email address, and our book experts will be in touch soon with their personal recommendations

  • I'm after something specific
  • Tell us about the book, author or subject you're looking for, along with your name and email address and our book experts will be in touch as soon as possible