You Can't Catch Death (Paperback)Ianthe Brautigan (author)
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Ianthe Brautigan was nine years old when her father, the Californian Beat writer Richard Brautigan, first told her he wanted to commit suicide. She was twenty-four, when he finally took his own life with a shotgun in the Montana countryside.
This memoir is Ianthe's attempt to make sense of her famous father's suicide. What emerges in the book is a moving account of a complex, witty, caring man. A hero of the '50s and'60s counter-culture who had to endure watching fame and critical praise fade away as he drifted into relative obscurity.
Written with a clarity of recall, an understanding wit and with real control and pace, You Can't Catch Death is a fascinating insight into the legendary man, and the daughter left behind.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 188 g
Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 16 mm
touching ... wonderfully distilled. * * London Review of Books * *
What emerges is a frank and compelling narrative of great integrity which details fascinatingly the minutiae of her father's life...There is absolutely no self-indulgence in You Can't Catch Death, only a desire to lay Richard Brautigan's ghost to rest with dignity * * The Herald * *
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