So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away
Richard Brautigan

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Narrated By: Chris Andrew Ciulla

Duration: 3 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away is a beautifully written, brooding gem of a novel set in the Pacific Northwest where Brautigan spent most of his childhood.

It is 1979, and a man is recalling the events of his twelfth summer, when he bought bullets for his gun instead of a hamburger. Through the eyes, ears, and voice of Brautigan’s youthful protagonist, the listener is gently led into a small-town tale where the narrator accidentally shoots and kills his best friend. The novel deals with the repercussions of this tragedy and its recurring theme of “what if,” which fuels anguish, regret, and self-blame, as well as some darkly comic passages of bittersweet romance and despair.

Written and published in 1982, this novel foreshadowed Brautigan’s suicide in 1984. Along with An Unfortunate Woman, this is one of the author’s novels that is a fitting epitaph to an author who is a complex, contradictory, and often misunderstood genius.


Fiction: general and literary

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“Poetic, gently eccentric, and deeply poignant, the story is a fitting swansong for his life.”

Times (London)

“The verbal humor and zany charm of the book remain quite irresistible.”

Daily Telegraph (London)

“Life is taken back to bare essentials in his books, never more so than here but life is never so rich. If someone ever made a movie of this, good people would watch it a hundred times and never tire of it.”

Beat Scene

“Brautigan gets you drunk on similes, knocks you out with exquisite turns of phrase, and leaves you with an ending that hits the entire novel out of the ballpark…Amazing.”


“Sad and tender; and this little sonata on loss, loneliness, death, and nostalgia…is Brautigan’s most appealing work in some time.”