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The time is 1902. The setting, eastern Oregon. Magic Child, a 15-year-old Native American girl, wanders into the wrong whorehouse looking for the right men. She finds Cameron and Greer, two gunmen taking a timeout from the game after an aborted job in Hawaii. Their violent past doesn't concern Magic Child. She wants them to kill a monster for her, one she says lives in the ice caves under the basement of Miss Hawkline's yellow house, and one she says has killed before.

But the more she tells them about the monster, the more her story unravels, until it isn't clear if the monster is even real, or if anything else is.

Richard Brautigan's classic surrealist novel has inspired for decades with its wild, witty, and bizarre encounters with western-themed psychedelia.

©2016 Richard Brautigan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic

Great novella. Really dark and funny. As always, twists and turns into madness. Highly recommend

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  • Dewey R
  • 31-12-19

The perfect amount of weird

It was just weird enough, I think. I don't really want to leave a review, but it says I have to have 15 words.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-09-17

You will either love this or hate this

What a whacky surreal weird book! The whole thing reads like a crazy dream (male fantasy) or, more probably, a bad trip. I'm not sure if it is really bad or really brilliant. It just defies a coherent review. If you're curious, read it. If you are easily offended by crude language and sex scenes or if you are looking for a plot...don't.

A guy in our book club picked this. A couple of us women are threatening revenge by suggesting something like Little Women or Jane Eyre as a next read.

Johnathan McClain read it perfectly.

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  • Brenda M.
  • 02-06-22

lol I enjoyed

loved the narrator and characters. made me laugh n giggle. qhats the next book. kept me interested

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  • David M. Ratzlaff
  • 03-01-22

Foul languae

There story may be good buy there is no reason for this kind of unnecessarily foul language

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  • Nathan Ostly
  • 26-12-21

Annoying and pointless

Opened this book based on reviews, after listening to it the storyline is lacking in any interesting details. The narration is extremely frustrating. Within conversations The narrator says the word “said” every time a new person speaking. I forced myself to 2/3 of the way through then had to turn it off

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-21

Let's F*ck.

The story is annoying. It's like a little kid telling you a story: And then this happened and then this happened and then this happened.

The story isn't bad it is worse than that, it's uninteresting.

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  • J. H. Robinson
  • 26-10-21

Perfect Brautigan

Top shelf stuff from one of the more underrated authors of the 60s-70s. This book is a great place to start diving in to the brilliance of Brautigan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-21

Perfect Narration as always

Somehow Brautigans books always find the perfect narrator for the feel and attitude for the book! I am so pleased and often chuckle out loud because of how perfectly the reader expresses Richard’s oh so quick and subtle humors. 10/10! :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-21

what the hell did I just read

this was one of the weirdest stories I've ever read, and trust me, I've read some crazy things. The only thing that I didn't appreciate about this book was the racial slurs and the casual racism.

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  • John W.
  • 19-02-20

strange and surreal

loved it the surreal landscape and strange characters check this out if you enjoy this writer