Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. He is best known for his novel 'Trout Fishing in America', which became an international bestseller and cemented his status as a cult literary figure in the 1960s and 1970s. Brautigan's work is characterized by its whimsical and surreal elements, often incorporating themes of nature, humor, and the counterculture movement. His writing style is noted for its simplicity and emotional resonance.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. In Watermelon Sugar

    The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic commune named iDEATH, where the sun shines a different color every day and the inhabitants live off watermelon sugar. The protagonist, who is also the narrator, is writing a book about his experiences in the commune. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and loneliness, as the protagonist deals with the death of his lover, confronts his feelings for another woman, and grapples with the complexities of life in the commune. The novel is notable for its poetic, surrealistic style and its exploration of the relationship between humans and nature.

  2. 2. Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery

    This book tells the story of a man named Willard who is obsessed with his stolen bowling trophies. His life intertwines with that of a married couple who are struggling with their own issues. The narrative alternates between the two stories, exploring themes of obsession, marital problems, and the human condition. The book is known for its dark humor and surrealistic style.