By Richard Brautigan
I get a kick out of inanity and Brautigan writes it as well as anyone. Here's how the novel kicks off:
January 2, 1942 had some good news and some bad news.The novel is a humorous rendition of a hardboiled detective story. The detective has gone dirt-poor, because he constantly daydreams ridiculous scenarios of himself in Babylon.
First, the good news: I found out that I was 4F and wasn't going off to World War II to be a soldier boy. I diidn't feel unpatriotic at all because I had fought my World War II five years before in Spain and had a couple of bullet holes in my ass to prove it.
I've never figure out why I got shot in the ass. Anyway, it made a louse war story. People don't look up to you as a hero when you tell them you were shot in the ass...
The novel does end up following a more traditional detective plotline, which is somewhat conventional and transparent, but really the absurd humor of Dreaming of Babylon is more than enough to make it an enjoyable read.