The Abortion: An Historical Romance, 1966 (Richard Brautigan)

The Abortion: An Historical Romance, 1966 (Richard Brautigan) soon to be presented for sale on the really rather good BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1973, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: The Abortion is about the romantic possibilities of a public library in California. The library, which came to San Francisco in the late 1870s, is a special kind of place where the unwanted, the lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing can be brought by their authors. On duty day and night to receive the books is the librarian, a man with a welcoming human presence and neat, reassuring clothes. In one evening, he may find himself registering such titles as Growing Flowers by Candlelight in Hotel Rooms by Mrs Charles Fine Adams, My Trike by Chuck, aged five, and Love Always Beautiful by Charles Green, a book rejected four hundred and fifty-nine times.

Into this depository of dreams comes Vida, a girl with a Botticellian face and Playboy furniture legs who spreads erotic confusion wherever she goes. She comes to live with the librarian, bakes him chocolate cookies, and learns to accept her spectacular body. Their gentle affair leads to an unwanted pregnancy, to a trip to Tijuana and a strange, unsettling homecoming. As Rolling Stone says, the book leaves you smiling the way you smile after eating just enough ice-cream on a hot day. The author of the immortal Trout Fishing in America has written another funny, festive and totally original novel.Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, which is a little faded, with two small punctures to the lower panel at the join which extend into the boards but not the text block. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty with heavier tanning to start and finish.

Matching Pictorial boards with Black titling to the Spine. 226 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I draw your attention to more books in my Author: B catalogue?

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