Trout Fishing in America:

A Novel

  • Introduction written and read by poet Billy Collins
  • Runtime: 3.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 8.23.2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction/Literary
  • 3.48 hrs8/23/2016Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781504759519
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In its first time in audio and with an introduction written and read by poet Billy Collins, Trout Fishing in America is an indescribable romp, by turns a hilarious, playful, and melancholy novel that wanders from San Francisco through America’s culture.

Richard Brautigan’s world is one of gentle magic and marvelous laughter, of the incredibly beautiful and the beautifully incredible. Trout Fishing in America is a pseudonym for the miraculous. A journey which begins at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin statue in San Francisco’s Washington Square, which wanders through the wonders of America’s rural waterways, and which ends, inevitably, with mayonnaise. Funny, wild, and sweet, Trout Fishing in America is an incomparable guidebook to the delights of exploration—both of land and mind.

Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. His early books became required reading for the hip generation, and on its publication, Trout Fishing in America, considered by many as his best novel, became an international bestseller.With it Brautigan caught the public’s attention and became a cult hero. By 1970 Trout Fishing in America had become the namesake of a commune, a free school, an underground newspaper, and more.

Editorial Reviews

“One of the under songs in the book is a kind of lament for the passing of a nineteenth-century or even earlier pastoral America and its replacement by an industrial America.”

Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate

“A book infused with a bucolic surrealism and mournful psychedelia that has very little to do with trout fishing and a lot to do with the lamenting of a passing pastoral America…An instant cult classic.”

Financial Times (London)

“At times Brautigan can achieve absurdity which is Homeric…This book ought to be required reading in hippie pads.”

Los Angeles Free Press

“Delicate, fantastic, and very funny.”

Malcolm Bradbury, English author and academic

“This cult classic, an icon of 1960s and 1970s counterculture, might seem an odd choice for an audiobook. That said, the book itself is a monument to odd choices that somehow work—so fans of Brautigan won’t be disappointed. First, poet Billy Collins reads his introduction with his usual dry wit, his easy soft-shoe with language setting the tone appropriately. Then comes the affable Chris Ciulia, who is unflappable as he makes his way through surreal scenes and plentiful similes that wash over the listener like a mountain stream. As with many risk-taking texts, this audiobook is best listened to with a relaxed ear; don’t try to ‘get the point,’ or you might miss it.”


Author Biography

Richard Brautigan (1935–1984) was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. He was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to San Francisco in the mid-1950s when he became involved in the emerging beat scene. During the 1960s, he became one of the most prominent and prolific writers of the counterculture. Out of this period came some of his most famous works, the best known of which are Trout Fishing in America; his collection of poetry, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster; and his collection of stories, Revenge of the Lawn. Translated the world over, his works helped establish him as one of the most significant American writers of his generation. As his popularity waned towards the end of the 1970s, he became increasingly disillusioned about his work and his life. He committed suicide in 1984. He was the author of eleven novels, ten volumes of poetry, a collection of short stories, and miscellaneous nonfiction pieces, works that often employed parody, satire, and black comedy.

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Reader Biography

Chris Andrew Ciulla is a credited actor, host, voice actor, producer, boxing commentator/analyst, and radio personality. A versatile performer with over fifteen years of experience, Chris has dedicated his life to entertaining people. He lives in Los Angeles.

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