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First published in 1982, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away was Richard Brautigan's ninth published novel and the last published before his death in 1984. Focused around the death of a young boy in a shooting accident in a western Oregon town on Saturday, 17 February 1948. Although he never confirmed or denied the connection, the story was thought to be autobiographical, built on an incident that happened to Brautigan at age thirteen.

Actually, the story was created from two separate incidents. The first involved Brautigan, his best friend Pete Webster, and Pete's brother, Danny. The three were duck hunting in the Fern Ridge wetlands, near Eugene, Oregon. Brautigan was separated from the other two. Brautigan fired at a duck and a pellet from his shot struck Danny in the ear, injuring him only slightly. About the same time, Donald Husband, 14-year-old son of a prominent Eugene attorney, was shot and killed in a hunting accident off Bailey Hill Road. Brautigan's incident and that involving Husband became one in this novel (Bob Keefer and Quail Dawning 2H).

The novel sold less than 15,000 copies, and was ignored or dismissed by critics.

Dedication reads:
This book is for
Portia Crockett
and Marian Renken.
Rebecca (Becky) Portia Crockett was author Tom McGuane's first wife. Following the end of their 12-year marriage during the 1992 filming of his novel 92 in the Shade, McGuane returned to Montana where he married actress Margot Kidder. They divorced after one year and Kidder returned to Los Angeles, California. McGuane then married Laurie Buffet, sister of musician Jimmy Buffet whom McGuane had known from Key West, Florida. Meanwhile, Becky married acter Peter Fonda and together they bought a ranch directly across the road from McGuane's ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Front cover New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1982
5.5" x 8.25"; 131 pages; ISBN 0-440-08195-5
Hard Cover, with dust jacket
Lavender paper-covered boards with lavendar cloth spine; Silver facsimile Brautigan signature on front cover; Silver titles on spine
Front and back dust jacket color photograph by Roger Ressmeyer of a red couch and other household items beside a lake at night. Photograph dated 4 March 1981.

Back flyleaf photograph by Ressmeyer of Brautigan. This photograph was part of a series of publicity photographs dated 4 March 1982.

Proof Copy
Front cover Advance Reader Copy/Uncorrected Page Proof
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1982
Printed cream-colored wrappers
Cover copy notes publication date as September 1982
Because of the small print run for this book, few proof copies are reported

Inscribed Copies

Copy inscribed to Bill Hamilton
This copy is for Bill Hamilton
"wishing him a beautiful Spring"
Richard Brautigan
San Francisco
March 26, 1982
Edition signed is an uncorrected proof copy, softbound, 1982.
Flat signed by Brautigan
Richard Brautigan
Livingston, Montana

From the collection of Gregory Miller. Used by permission.
Copy inscribed to Larry Mathews
This copy is for Larry Mathews
"wishing him a very nice autumn"
Richard Brautigan
San Francisco
August 28, 1984

From the collection of Gregory Miller. Used by permission.

Front cover London: Arena, 1982
121 pages; ISBN 0-09-939100-7
Paperback, with printed covers
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, 1982
ISBN 0-385-8967-7; First printing 1 Auguts 1982
Hard Cover, with dust jacket
Front cover London: Jonathan Cape, 1983
131 pages; ISBN 0-224-02098-6; First printing 14 April 1983
First United Kingdom Edition
Hard Cover, with dust jacket
Proof Copy
Front cover Proof copies featured red card wrappers with black printing
New York: Dell Publishing, 1984
131 pages; ISBN 0-385-29287-2
Printed wrappers, with facsimile of earlier hard cover edition printed on front cover
Front cover Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1995
ISBN 0-395-70674-2
Printed wrappers

Collects, as facsimile reprints, Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, and So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away in the manner of their original editions, including front cover photographs and title pages. This is one of several collections of Brautigan's works.
Front cover Edinburgh, Scotland: Rebel Inc., 2001
160 pages; ISBN 1-841-95075-0; First printing 27 March 2001
Printed wrappers
Introduction by Jeffrey Lent

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Front cover Dat De Wind Er Geen Vat Op Krijgt. Trans. Graa Boomsma. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 1988.
First Dutch edition
107 pages
Printed wrappers
Bourgois editions
Front cover Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Trans. Marc Chénetier. Paris: Bourgois, 2003.
168 pages; ISBN 2-627-00331-7
Printed wrappers
Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Trans. Marc Chénetier. Paris: Bourgois, 1983.
First French edition

In a hand-written letter to Christian Bourgois, dated 24 March 1983, Brautigan says he is "extremely happy" with the publication of So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away in French. Brautigan says he is looking forward to meeting Bourgois in Paris the following month, in April.

Pine Creek, Montana
March 24, 1983

Dear Christian Bourgois,
I hope that you are enjoying a pleasant spring and I look forward very much to meeting you next month in Paris. I'm extremely happy with your publication of my work.

Best wishes,
Richard Brautigan

Additional Resource
Lottman, Herbert R. "France: A Growing Taste for Anglo-American Authors." Publishers Weekly 4 September 2000: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62-63.
An overview of the publishing industry in France and its interest in American writers. Notes that publisher Christian Bourgois says
"there's a new generation of French critics&mdasah;and book buyers—curious about what comes out of America and prepared to embrace it." Bourgois . . . is one of the rare publishers in France (or anywhere for that matter) publishing under his own name—and independent. Not being able to afford the greats, Bourgois began with writers of his own generation, such as Richard Brautigan. (62)
Bourgois published several French translations of Brautigan's works including Trout Fishing in America, In Watermelon Sugar, The Hawkline Monster, Willard and His Bowling Trophies, Sombrero Fallout, Dreaming of Babylon, The Tokyo-Montana Express, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away, and Revenge of the Lawn.
10-18 editions
Front cover Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Paris: 10-18, 2004.
ISBN: 2-264-03855-1
Printed wrappers
Guillou, Romain. "Richard Brautigan: Mémoirs sauvés du vent" L'oeuil Électrique 10 ***?***.

READ this review, in French.

Online Resource
Guillou's review at the L'oeuil Électrique magazine website
Front cover Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Paris: 10-18, 1999.
ISBN: 2-264-01327-3
Printed wrappers
Front cover illustration is a detail from Edward Hopper's painting "Pennsylvania"
Front cover Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Paris: 10-18, 1992.
ISBN: 2-264-01327-3
Printed wrappers
Front cover illustration is a detail from Edward Hopper's painting "Pennsylvania"
Mémories Sauvés du Vent [Memories Rescued from the Wind]. Paris: 10-18, 1989.
Printed wrappers
Front cover Ende einer Kindheit: Roman. Reinbek by Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag (rororo 13124), 1992.
126 pages; ISBN 3-499-13124-2
Printed wrappers
Piwitt, Hermann Peter. "Ich wünschte, ich hätt's geschrieben." Frankfurter Rundschau (Beilage) 10 December 1996: ***?***.

READ this review, in German.
Ende einer Kindheit: Roman. Trans. Günter Ohnemus. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn Verlag, 1989.
134 pages; ISBN 3-821-80161-1
Printed wrappers
Front cover Egy déli tábornok nyugatról / Hogy, el ne fújja mind a szél. Trans. László Gy. Horváth. Budapest: Cartaphilus Kiadó, 2000.
294 pages
Hard cover with dust jacket
Collects two novels: A Confederate General from Big Sur and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.

Online Resource
Information at the Cartaphilus website
Front cover Hogy el ne Fújja Mind a Szél. Trans. Gy. Horváth László. Budapest: Európa Kónyvkiadó (Modern Könyvtár), 1986.
First Hungarian edition
124 pages; ISBN 9-630-73734-5
Printed wrappers
Front cover Svo berist ekki burt meo vindum. Trans. Gyrðir Elíasson. Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 1989.
105 pages
Printed wrappers
Feedback from Gyrðir Elíasson
Gyrðir Elíasson. Email to John F. Barber, 22 December 2010.
Front cover American Dust. Prima che il vento si porti via tutto [Before the Wind Blows It All Away]. Trans. Enrico Monti. Milano: Isbn Edizioni, July 2005.
First Italian edition
109 pages; ISBN 88-7638-020-5
Printed white wrappers: barcode under title is standard for all books
Red stain on page edges indicates the genre; red is for fiction

The publisher provides a preface, the first chapter, and other portions of this book, in Italian, online.

Online Resource
Information about this book, in Italian, at the Isbn Edizioni website

Excerpts, in Italian, at the Isbn Edizioni/Saggiatore website
Front cover Yani Ruzgar Herseyi Alip Götürmeyecek. Trans. Canan Cakirlar. Istanbul: Altikirkbes Yayin, 1998.
First Turkish edition
Printed wrappers
In addition to the specific reviews detailed below, commentary about this book may also be included in General Reviews of Brautigan's work and his place in American literature, or reviews of his Collections.

Anonymous. "Brautigan, Richard." Kirkus Reviews 1 July 1982: 743-744.
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Fragemented, often haunting memories of a 1940s small-town childhood—all of them shadowed, fairly effectively, by the fact that this childhood will be jolted into adolescence by an accidental killing. The narrator—unnamed, wistful, a trifle arch—moves around in time, framing his recollections with one particular evening in 1947: it's summer, by a pond, and the narrator-as-a-boy visits an alcoholic recluse (source of redeemable beer bottles). . . while waiting for the nightly truck arrival of a strange, fat couple and all their furniture. ("They put the couch down on the grass right beside the pond, so they could sit there and fish off the couch.") But, while orchestrating this oddly affecting evening-at-the-pond, the narrator also fills in some other, earlier memories: his five-year-old fascination with funerals and dead children (the fatherless family, on Welfare, lived in an apartment that was annexed to the local funeral parlor); his edgy chumship with the undertaker's impassive daughter (she had cold hands and preferred Grand Central Station to Inner Sanctum!). And, throughout, there are flash forwards to 1948, when the narrator shot his new best friend—they told each other their dreams—on a pheasant-hunting expedition: though acquitted of criminal negligence, the scandal was traumatic, and the narrator became obsessed with research into hamburgers. . . because "If I had gotten a hamburger that February day instead of bullets, everything would have been different. . . ." Clearly, then, Brautigan's pretentious, whimsical tendencies—sometimes sliding into cuteness—peek up here and there in this slight fable, along with a stray sermonette or two. (On fast-food restaurants and the death of the imagination: "I sometimes think that even our digestion is a soundtrack recorded in Hollywood by the television networks."). But the central images here—the recluse's postcards and beer bottles, the child's eye view of funerals, the furniture by the pond—do add up to something sad and tender; and this little sonata on loss, loneliness, death, and nostalgia ("Dust. . . American. . . Dust") is Brautigan's most appealing work in some time.
—. "Paperbacks: New & Noteworthy." The New York Times Book Review 12 February 1984, Sec. 7: 34.
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The narrator of a caustic, elliptical novel by the author of Trout Fishing in America recalls life circa 1947, when he and his mother wandered in the Pacific Northwest, encountering a variety of eccentrics. "The style is disconnected, chaotic, redolent of alienation," Eve Ottenberg's review said, and the book's climax, "a horrible event," retrospectively accounts for "the flat shell-shocked meaninglessness that precedes it."
—. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." People Weekly 25 October 1982: 18.
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The narrator of this brief novel is in his 30s, and he's still trying to make sense of a gun accident that happened when he was 12 years old. Mostly he is fascinated by his memories of a fat couple who drove their truck down to a pond and unloaded a rug, a sofa and lamps, creating an outdoor living room while they fished for catfish. Brautigan is of the post-Hemingway, less-is-more school. His sentences are short and so are his paragraphs. "I had almost albino white hair" is one paragraph. "There is no freshness to the sun" is another. At arbitrary moments he repeats the title of the book, followed by "Dust . . . American . . . Dust." While these things seem precious and annoying, the story itself is packed with odd, fresh and striking details of a little boy's life, and there is growing suspense as the reader is led toward a moment of shocking violence. Brautigan has written 10 novels (Trout Fishing in America, The Tokyo-Montana Express), nine volumes of poetry and one book of short stories. Rarely have the distinctions between the three genres been less clear—or more fascinating—than in this work.
—. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Playboy October 1982: 30.
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If you came of age in the late Sixties, Richard Brautigan was one of the staples in your pop-culture diet. He was the good angel on your shoulder, the counterculture's answer to Walter Cronkite. Today, we tend to greet the arrival of a new Brautigan work the way we greet the announcement of our 11th class reunion: nothing historic but nice enough if you can fit it into your calendar. His latest, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away, is a deceptive charmer. The protagonist of this novella is a young boy who kills his best friend in a hunting accident. Brautigan takes his normal style—that slightly astonished, awestruck voice we attribued to altered states— back to his childhood roots. It works. The story is deft, moving, almost elegant in its indirection. Add it to your collection, if not for old-time's sake, for quality's.
Atchity, Kenneth. "A Refrain along Brautigan's Oddpath." Los Angeles Times Book Review 19 September 1982: 8.
What Brautigan refers to as "the oddpaths of imagination" are not as odd, nor even as pathlike, here as they are in his best novels.
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Bannon, Barbara A. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Publishers Weekly 25 June 1982: 108.
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The narrator in Brautigan's new novel is a melancholy 47-year-old man who looks back on the events of the year when he was 12 years old (1947-48: "post-World War II gothic . . . America"), and on the dramatic circumstance which, he repeatedly tells us, ended his childhood. Growing up in a series of small towns in the Pacific Northwest as part of a chronically poor, fatherless family, young Whitey (he has an albino's coloring, symbolizing his outcast state) is drawn to eccentric characters in each community. He is a boy obsessed with death; from the time he was five and lived next door to a mortuary, he has seemed fated to be an instrument of mortality. Brautigan indulges in relentless foreshadowing to alert readers to the doom to come. The pervasively portentous, elegiac tone is employed in a style whittled to banal simplicity, albeit loaded with heavy symbolism. The result is a flat, listless narrative, enlivened fleetingly by Brautigan's bizarre imagination, but pretentiously self-important and contrived.
Brosnahan, John. "Brautigan, Richard." The Booklist August 1982: 1482.
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Brautigan's latest novel—almost an extended short story, really—is a quiet, muted, and captivating portrait of a young boy who grew up in the 1940s and who remembers the tender, doomed past that now lives only in his imagination. While uncharacteristic of Brautigan at his most extravagant (despite the presence of a few eccentric characters), the novel is a treat for the writer's fans and for readers who prefer their Brautigan in small doses. Brautigan's last novel was The Tokyo-Montana Express.
Campbell, Patty. "The Young Adult Perplex: A Review of Deadeye Dick and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Wilson Library Bulletin December 1982: 334-335, 365-366.
Reviews Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., A Midnight Clear by William Wharton, and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away by Brautigan.

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Cohen, Joseph. "Fulfillment Elusive, Brautigan Reminds Us." New Orleans Times-Picayune 5 September 1982, Sec. 3: 12.

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DeMarinis, Rick. "Brautigan's Stylish Touch Turns a Grim Story into a Fairy Tale." Chicago Tribune 3 October 1982, Sec. 7: 3.

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Durrant, Digby. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." London Magazine June 1983: 102-103.

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Hackenberry, Charles. "Walden Reworked." Thoreau Society Bulletin 165 (Fall) 1983: 3.

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Hunter, Timothy A. "Brautigan's Latest: 'Gentle, Brief, Slippery'." Baltimore Sun 5 September 1982: D5.

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Ives, George L. "Brautigan, Richard." Library Journal 107(14) August 1982: 1478.
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Brautigan's latest novel should please both old fans and new readers. His admirers will relish the familiar style—broken chronology and fragmented characterization—which carries the reader on a verbal rollercoaster. But the tighter thematic development in this narrative should widen Brautigan's audience. From a mid-life perspective, narrator Whitey recalls his impoverished youth and a fatal choice: whether to buy .22 shells or a hamburger. In his 12-year-old innocence he decides on the bullets, and the choice leads with Sophoclean inevitability to the death of an admired playmate. Confronting death, Brautigan successfully moves his readers to an awareness that life is not an outgrowth of pure randomness but the result of choices willfully made. A fine addition to fiction collections.
Kane, Jean. "Naive Tone Perfect for Brautigan Novel." Indianapolis Star 19 September 1982: F4.

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Kenny, Kevin. "Brautigan, Richard." VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] February 1983: 32.
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At its core So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away is a story which details a tragic shooting and death. the narrator, an impoverished but resourceful 14-year-old, pulled the trigger which fired the bullet that could have as easily gone unsolf. Led by a narrator who is "lost in the geography of time," Richard Brautigan's latest work is a sometimes wandering, but always touching, salute to an era and way of life (particularly early life) forever gone. The first antenna, hints Brautigan, was the death toll for the imagination which marks childhood, the force which "turned people indoors and away from living out their own fantasies with dignity. Given the dignity and animation of the characters recalled herein, this is both a sad and cogent analysis.

Like his past novels (Trout Fishing in America, In Watermelon Sugar, etc.), this is both subtle and perceptive. At work at many levels, better readers, particularly at the high school level, should have the perspective necessary to enjoy this treat. For adults, it's a bittersweet must.
Kline, Betsy. "Gentle 'Wind' Stirs up Tragic Boyhood Memory." Kansas City Star 29 August 1982: 10L.

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Lippman, Amy. "The New Brautigan: A Silly Pretension." San Francisco Chronicle 2 September 1982: 55.
Brautigan intends So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away to be an American Tragedy, but the novel is too inconsequential to make his design for it little more than a silly pretension.

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Montrose, David. "Death of the Dream." The Times Literary Supplement [London] [4177] 22 April 1983: 399.

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Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 42. Eds. Daniel G. Marowski and Roger Matuz. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1987. 48-66.
Morley, Patricia. "It May Not Be Literature But It's Still Entertaining." Birmingham News 26 September 1982: 6E.

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Myerson, Jonathan. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Books & Bookmen August 1983: 35.
This delightful, gentle novel evokes memories almost, but not quite, out of reach. . . . It is . . . Brautigan speaking, Brautigan the Fantasist, regretfully summing up his childhood and his America.
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Ottenberg, Eve. "Some Fun, Some Gloom." The New York Times Book Review 7 November 1982, Sec. 7: 13, 47.
Reviews Christmas at Fontaine's by William Kotzwinkle and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away by Brautigan.

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Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 42. Eds. Daniel G. Marowski and Roger Matuz. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1987. 48-66.
Pfaff, William. "Briefly Noted." New Yorker 13 September 1982: 172-173.
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On August 1, 1979, the narrator sits with his ear "pressed up against the past as if to the wall of a house that no longer exists" and recalls the summer when he was twelve (in 1947) and was living (courtesy of the Welfare Department) with his mother and his sisters in an Oregon auto court: fishing in a pond and getting his sneakers wet; watching a gigantic man and woman set up and then fish from a truckload of living-room furniture on the pond's far side; collecting empty beer bottles from a night watchman at a sawmill up the road; and visiting a one-lunged veteran of the Great War in his pond-side shack. He also recalls a series of previous addresses, including the annex of a funeral parlor, where (in the spring of 1940) he watched hearses come and go before breakfast, and a dingy apartment where everyone sat around and wished there was a radio. All these dreary memories forestall, for a while, the story of a terrible accident hinted at in the opening sentence and then, a few pages later, given a date: February 17, 1948. A weary little dirge. (The title, followed by the words "Dust . . . American . . . Dust," heads every chapter.) Only Mr. Brautigan's hard-core fans will mistake its slightness for subtlety.
Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 42. Eds. Daniel G. Marowski and Roger Matuz. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1987. 48-66.
Ronald, Ann. "So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Western America Literature August 1983: 164-165.

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Sage, Lorna. "Gone Fishing Again." The Observer 17 April 1983: 32.
Reviews The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujlca Lalnez, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd, and So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away by Brautigan.

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Scharnhorst, Gary. "Brautigan Produces a Yawner." Dallas Morning News 5 December 1982: 4G.

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Strell, Lois A. "Brautigan, Richard." School Library Journal 29(3) November 1982: 105.
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Brautigan's novel is a nostalgic look at 1947 through the eyes of a 48-year-old man, recounting the significant (and not so significant) moments of his childhood while trying to sift some meaning from his life. The story follows the events in the life of an odd 12-year-old boy who moves with his mother and sister from one welfare apartment to another. He is fascinated with death—he was friends with an undertaker's daughter, enjoyed watching funerals, recounted the deaths of young people he knew and finally, inadvertently killed a friend in a hunting accident. Brautigan leads up to this significant event many times, then turns away, so that when readers finally get there, they're exhausted from foreshadowing. The narration travels from first-person 12-year old to first-person 48-year old, with intermittent stream-of-consciousness passages. Every recollection is colored by the older person's memory, and each sentence tries to be fraught with symbolism. Brautigan is often brilliant at capturing the moment in metaphor, but at other times, his writing drags. This novel is a mixture of imagination and overkill.
Stuewe, Paul. "The English in India . . . Entertaining Advice . . . Words To Wow With." Quill & Quire November 1982: 29.
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The author's penchant for combining radically experimental techniques with equally mundane material has attracted a host of imitators, but he still holds the patent on the most effective blend of these ingredients. His latest novel takes a 1940s American family through the random disasters and ominpresent commonplaces of the normative Brautigan opus: it's also typical in its relentlessly straight-faced handling of the most nonsensical situations. This works for just as long as it takes a reader to begin anticipating the against-the-grain results, which in this case is most of the way through a slight but entertaining story.
Traub, Nancy. "Brautigan Writes It Down before It Becomes American Dust." Oakland Tribune 1 April 1984, The Tribune Calendar: 7.
It's as if the narrator is compelled to tell this story, to understand his part in it. . . . The reader brings his or her own meaning to the story; we benefit from Brautigan's search.
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Wagner, Joe. "Books in Brief: So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away." Sunday Advocate [Baton Rouge, LA] 24 October 1982 Magazine Sunday Advocate: 15.
There is no argument that Brautigan can write, and write very well; only it's time he began to write something worthy of his talent.
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Warren, Eric. "Brautigan's Latest Novel." Christian Science Monitor 8 August 1984: 28.
In this book Brautigan has uncovered a vivid, memorable character who engages our sympathies in a way few of his people have done before. His latest novel is surely one of his best.
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"Hamburger Cemetary" — a song by Slowblow whose lyrics are taken from the first page of Brautigan's novel

"So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away" — a song by Bronco Bullfrog

"So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away" — a song by Hank Stone

"So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away" — a film by Ianthe Brautigan and Paul Swensen