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Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000 Paperback – May 9, 2005
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Torgoff has that clarity and there's humor in his prose that gives it a certain kind of bop. Yes, it's a long book. Most people who write long books these days write them as if they are "afraid of going to hell" for having done so - there's no ease, things get really claustrophobic in such books. Torgoff sails through this material not so much like a man who's afraid of going to hell...but as a man who's been there.
There's a kind of ease, a kind of compassion and a sense of spaciousness to Torgoff's style in this work. The length of the book doesn't seem that long. Maybe it would SEEM LONGER if Torgoff attempted to adapt his style to the demands of the market...some kind of a weekly reader version of the lifes, legends, loves (and drugs) of the times he's telling us about. Thank GOD he didn't cave into that.
Can't Find My Way Home makes me want to listen to a hell of a lot of music, see some movies again and read more books about the myriad folks who inhabit this book.
I see this book as a definite college text for classes focusing on the the history of jazz, rock and roll, film and literature in the last sixty years of American culture.
The fact that Torgoff weaves his own story into this piece communicates to me that he's not of those people who goes around chanting phrases like "If you remember the 60's you weren't there".Read more ›
Pictures and a summary of the cast of characters would have enhanced the book. All in all a good read.
CFMWH starts with the drug scene in the 1950s Beat Generation, where Bird Parker slowly destroys himself with heroin and Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg delve deep into marijuana. From there the Torgoff takes us into the 60's, hippies, and the Summer of Love. The 1970's discuss the club scene and the emergent drug smuggling from South America. The 80's and 90's see the rise of gangs, and the emergence of Ecstasy.
Torgoff's prose is highly readable, and CFMWH is a page turner in an odd sort of way. Torgoff's greatest achievement is one that's hard to gain when writing on a topic like illegal drug use: being evenhanded but not necessarily neutral. He's got his own story of addiction to tell, but it doesn't bleed into the narrative. Some of his characters make it; some don't. All are changed. CFMWH is an attempt to answer "what did it all mean?" We may never know, but Torgoff's book tries to guide us through the experiences of those who took the long, strange trip.
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got this for a fan and they loved it. On time and as described. I don't have anything else to say because it was a gift.Published on August 13, 2013 by Ginny
I read this mostly stoned on the beach in the summer. Enjoyed it very much, lots of interesting information about the history of drug use in the USA.Published on December 28, 2012 by nomdeplume
I was around in the 60's and 70's, and I even remember them! This is a comprehensive and detailed history of several decades of youth, sex, and rock and roll culture, and it is... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by guavapie
If you're a fan of "The Drug Years" series then you've seen the author, he is quoted extensively throughout all parts of the series, esp. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by GwP
I purchased this book for my 17 year old grandson. He was thrilled and had the bok read by New Year's Eve. This was my first experience with Amazon and it was excellent. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Joan C. Ritonia
If you have been there then you know the answer. The question is: Why did we travel there in the first place. Addictions are sneaky. Read morePublished on May 29, 2005 by Robert M. Appleton