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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

By Tom Wolfe

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| Paperback | 9780553264913

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Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD Continue

Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

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    When I was young and reading this, I was very impressed by "the intellectuals at Berkeley." I didn't see the jibe in it. The protest where Kesey denounced protests, etc. And I think I still fail to catch what the ending is supposed to imply. "We blew ...(continue)

    When I was young and reading this, I was very impressed by "the intellectuals at Berkeley." I didn't see the jibe in it. The protest where Kesey denounced protests, etc. And I think I still fail to catch what the ending is supposed to imply. "We blew it" sounds obvious, but...really? Is Tom Wolfe going to say that without having tried it? all fly on the wall? This is one of the best books I've ever read.

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    DustMoteVII said on Mar 22, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    I Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey, i Grateful Dead, la San Francisco di metà anni '60 raccontati da un grande giornalista. L'ho letto confrontandolo con l'edizione italiana di Feltrinelli (che sono riuscito ad avere in prestito dalla Biblioteca nazionale ...(continue)

    I Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey, i Grateful Dead, la San Francisco di metà anni '60 raccontati da un grande giornalista. L'ho letto confrontandolo con l'edizione italiana di Feltrinelli (che sono riuscito ad avere in prestito dalla Biblioteca nazionale di Firenze), la cui traduzione (di Attilio Veraldi) è quanto di più creativo si possa immaginare. Un esempio: il personaggio Cool Breeze è stato ribattezzato Refolo; Black Mary diventa Marianera , il tutto in un crescendo veramente psichedelico.

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    lucavitt said on Jul 18, 2007 | Add your feedback

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    I read this during the summer in either high school or college; probably high school, now that I think of it. I was into the hippie scene at the time and anything relating to the Grateful Dead was a must.

    More important, this was my introduct ...(continue)

    I read this during the summer in either high school or college; probably high school, now that I think of it. I was into the hippie scene at the time and anything relating to the Grateful Dead was a must.

    More important, this was my introduction to Wolfe.

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    Batona said on Mar 25, 2007 | Add your feedback

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