Back in the day when we passed around books of Brautigan like joints of cheap weed, I sorta dug his stuff but I am not really sure why. In Watermelon Sugar was real strange I thought it was sort of a hippy allegory about the failure of the counterculture; I don't have a copy now.
What was I DEATH all about? Sort of a submerging of the individual identity or something? A bad acid trip?
Also Trout Fishing which had some pretty cool chapters like Walden Pond for Winos or Rembrandt Creek but I am still unsure of the actual "meaning" of most of his writing except as a sort of west coast imagism.
Would any of le boheme out there care to explain the purpose or perhaps "transcendental referent" of Mr. Brautigan's writings?