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iDEATH is a place where the sun shines a different color every day and where people travel to the length of their dreams. Rejecting the violence and hate of the old gang at the Forgotten Works, they lead gentle lives in watermelon sugar. In this book, Richard Brautigan discovers and expresses the mood of the counterculture generation.

©1968 Richard Brautigan (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Strange and touching

I've read this book about 20years ago and was taken by it, so I immediately listened to it when I saw it on Audible (just a night after I listened to Kafka's Metamorphosis which is also available "for free"). I am truly confused by some of the negative reviews and think that people these days are used to everything being dynamic and full of action, heading to some clear result (I myself am guilty of it sometimes). If you expect that then you won't like this wee book. It's like a strange dream in a constant flux with a nightmarish dystopian pang to it. You can't rely on time, space ,or even the sun, to have its traditional properties. For me it's somehow almost like a 2D world, including the narrative. Like with the Metamorphosis, I carry it around with me for days, even weeks or months. It somehow invades your mind, which for me is a sign of a great literature. This doesn't often happen with dynamic stuff bringing clear results, as there's just no time for such nonsense.

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  • Shaun O'leary
  • 21-07-21

What the watermelon did I just sugar???

This story is a collection of nonsensical ramblings from a sixth grader. It makes me wonder if the book actually came with a cipher to decode some things to make it a coherent story. If this entire book ended with the phrase "...and then he woke up", it would have made the two-hour listen tolerable; or possibly at least understandable.

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  • Danny Friesen
  • 29-06-21

If you're a sane person, this isn't for you

Found this book in a list of classics under 200 pages, and when I saw it was free on audible, I decided to give it a try. I was excited to start it since I've been trying to see how many books I can read this year, and as most of them have been monstrosities almost too thick to open like "Brothers K" and "It," I thought it would be good to pad my numbers a bit.
I was extremely disappointed and only made it through the first 40 minutes. There's basically no plot, nor much in the realm of character. Also the writing style was simplistic yet grating. Overall, I found nothing of substance in it, but don't worry because it's "literary."
Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of literature and find it a pleasure to work through a fat Dostoevsky novel. But I do hate a lot of modern literature where the only goal is to be different. This book is different. It's so different that it's unreadable. True, I didn't make it even halfway through but I've got "the Hero of Ages" by Sanderson and about a million other books on my reading list and this book is firmly at the bottom. Am I curious what the Tigers and iDEATH are? Sure. But not enough to waste an hour and half finding out.
If you're a sane person looking for a sane book meant for sane readers written by a sane author, I'd definitely recommend for you to pass on this one.

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  • ALYX
  • 25-05-21

Shout Out To My English Professor

A great recommendation from my English Professor and glad to say I was not disappointed. I appreciate the narrator role playing his voice for each character. It did take a couple times to get into because there is a lot that goes on. My best advice is give it a try! It did open my imagination box. I definitely will listen over and over. I look forward to reading more of his work. 😊

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  • PradaPrincess
  • 27-08-21

Are you up for a little mind trip?

This book is bizarre — I’m not going to lie. I recommend giving the whole book a try if you’re up to have a little mind trip, because reading this, you have to forget your assumptions about how the world and society works. It’s post-apocalyptic and the timeline can be a little difficult to follow. There are a few flashbacks, and one of them is an extended flashback. You have to suspend your disbelief for this one, and I had to read it twice to understand things I missed the first time. The climax and resolution of the book were unexpected. In Watermelon Sugar made me contemplate society and our perception of good and bad. The end of the book had me dazed and thinking a lot. It was a strangely euphoric feeling, as another reviewer stated.

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  • Christina
  • 09-07-21

Bizarre

Utterly bizarre. Two hours of “wtf is this” that I won’t be getting back. Thank goodness it was free.

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  • Michael J Gore
  • 20-06-21

Magically disturbing

As wonderful and wonderfully mysterious as it was when I first read it in high school ln the late 60’s.

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  • FelJed
  • 22-10-21

What the…

A long boring story where virtually nothing happens read in a slow monotone. No surprise ending and made no sense.

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  • Airy
  • 15-09-21

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Cuando recién terminé In Watermelon Sugar no sabía como sentirme. Recuerdo quedarme sentada en silencio por 5 min antes de comenzar a analizar que era lo que acababa de leer.
Brautigan logró exitosamente mezclar los elementos de una utopía surreal con un thriller post-apocalíptico, capturando a su vez las emociones mas humanas que tenemos como el amor y el desamor, el duelo, el odio y la tristeza de una forma muy honesta y genuina.

De un inicio se podría pensar que el libro junta una serie de pequeños poemas independientes, pero después de unas paginas nos queda claro que se trata de una sola historia contada en pequeños capítulos.
Es una trama simple: dos enamorados, una ex novia enojada, un pueblo en el que todos tienen un trabajo que desempeñar, donde su forma de vida asemeja la de una comuna.
La historia se desenvuelve a lo largo de unos cuantos días, en un pequeño pueblo llamado iDeath donde todo esta hecho a base de azúcar de sandia (literalmente todo, desde ropa, calzado, trastes, estatuas, ladrillos, casas, ventanas ...). Es un lugar donde el sol brilla de un color diferente cada día de la semana, por lo que el azúcar de las sandias también es de diferente color dependiendo del día en que fue hecho.

Es un libro extraño, no les voy a mentir. En el la sociedad ha dejado atrás el consumismo y el materialismo, y aunque eso puede sonar como algo bueno, conforme nos vamos adentrando nos damos cuenta que ese estilo de vida conlleva sus propios retos a superar y que es posible que no sea tan genial como nosotros podríamos imaginarlo.

La manera de Brautigan de crear imágenes mentales en sus lectores de cómo seria este mundo es el verdadero corazón en esta historia, al grado de que es imposible no apreciar lo tristemente bello que el lugar y sus personajes son.
Podría entender si alguien me dijera que esta historia no fue de su agrado (sinceramente no me imagino volviendo a leerlo) pero fue entretenido mientras duro.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-21

A good narrator for a terrible book

What was this? I am beyond confused how anyone could think this is a good piece.

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  • Maureen
  • 19-05-21

Post apocalyptic weirdness

I picked this book because of the funky title. Not sorry I chose it but don’t expect anything too deep. Bronson Pinchot narrating is definitely the highlight. He makes anything great!