First published in , In Watermelon Sugar was Richard Brautigan’s third published novel and, according to Newton Smith, “a parable for survival in the 20th. Jun 14, Every Tuesday on we take a look at books and authors from mainstream literary fiction that contain aspects of science fiction, fantasy. Complete summary of Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of In Watermelon Sugar.

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The first line of the book “In Watermelon Sugar, the deeds were done and done again, as my life is done in Watermelon Sugar. Perhaps it was a game you played when you were a child or something that came idly into your mind when you were old and sitting in a chair near the window.

For one such discussion, see Harvey Leavitt’s article cited in t his paper. Her mouth was moist and cool.

I walked out of the town and passed by some trees that were at the edge of a little watermelon patch. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.

Trout Fishing is a pleasant surprise, though probably not so for aspiring anglers. Perhaps they just would like to test the limit of their creativity. The third sequence, during his twenty-ninth year but before the present time, is presented almost entirely in a flashback dream In that book, Brautigan appropriates language with surrealist license insofar as sometimes a person can be known as “trout fishing in America” while other times it is a mode of behavior and sometimes whatever metaphor the reader is imaginative enough to insert within the phrase.


One of her feet was sticking out.

She was carrying a painting that she was going to put up on the wall. English Choose a language for shopping. It sets up the law and creates the myths of the future. The narrator demonstrates his allegiance to this philosophy by surrendering his name in the chapter titled, “My Name,” in which he says, “My name watrmelon on you.

In Watermelon Sugar : Richard Brautigan :

I walked along the aqueduct for a while and then just stood there motionless for a long time where the aqueduct crosses the river by the Statue of Mirrors. A little girl joined us this morning. He told her nothing except that he was involved with Pauline If the unravelling of the time sequences reveals the workings of the society, the unpleasant life of the narrator, and his typifying flaws of the society, then the three deaths reveal the society’s defense against negative emotions.

Margaret’s untimely death and the undercurrent of violence is disturbing. That was quite something. To propose that Brautigan intended to produce a negative statement of some significance warrants a thorough examination.

In Watermelon Sugar

That night I went back to the shack and set fire to it. Do you know how she feels? There were pale green lanterns on the bridge. He started writing novels in and is probably best known for his early work Trout Fishing in America. I put my hand down the front of her dress.

They were in the shape of human shadows. It refuses whatever is different from itself, as evidenced by the failure to name the “beautiful” things that Margaret finds in the Forgotten Works. His navel is intact, but the past is becoming less and less intelligible to him; the forgotten works are a British Museum of discards, the books and wisdom in disarray and intellectually inaccessible, and the physical world a shambles of objects without meaning.


That is, man must subordinate his emotions, his desires, and his intellectual curiosity to the will of nature if he is to live harmoniously within the cosmological order, and if he is to face death with dignity and without struggle against the natural process.

Viewing this book, then, as a parody of the pastoralone might consider the ideas that are implied by the silence and attempt to determine what Brautigan’s attitude is toward this “perfect” beautigan. He laughed at that.

But that easy flow of words disguises something dark and bitter, something that creeps up over the narrative no matter to what degree the characters disavow that anything could be wrong with their minimal, controlled world of statues, rivers, bridges, water,elon watermelon.

The most literal plot device, the Adam II, Margaret, and Pauline triangle, hints at jealousy, and a kind of joyous celebration of life pervades the novel.