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Drugstore Cowboy Paperback – October 1, 1990
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You may have noticed that this is a kids review and may be wondering why it is here seeing how this is certainly not a kids book. I am 12 years old and live in the city so,as you can imagine, i have had some run ins with dope. Drugstore Cowboy had an impact on my life, for better or for worse i can not say, but i am glad i read it because there is nothing more honest out there.
i would recomend this novel to everyone at some point in their lives.
Finally I bit the bullet and bought it. First I read the back cover and was dismayed to read that the author, James Fogle, has spent most of his life in prison. I did a quick google search and was more dismayed to read he had been arrested again in his old age for robbing drugstores. Why was I dismayed? I don't know. When I was younger that probably would have made me hapy: at least it was real. But it was the same heartbreaking feeling I got after I read Leaving Las Vegas and found out that the author really had killed himself young. I'm now at the age where tragedy dismays me instead of fuelling some kind of misguided romanticism.
Still, with books like that, everything is authentic.
Happily for me, there are few differences between the book and the film. Almost the whole plot is the same and a good deal of the dialogue is lifted straight from these pages. Old Gus knows a great thing when he reads it.
This is a great book. The film does it justice. Best bought together. I only wish I had bought the movie soundtrack while it was still available.
Despite my lukewarm rating, which I base on an objective reading of the book, DRUGSTORE COWBOY is actually an enjoyable read. The cowboy himself, Bob, has probably ripped off more pharmacies than anyone else on the West Coast. We follow Bob, his lady Diane, and his compatriots Rick and Nadine on a few such romps. The situations they get themselves into, or more appropriately, that Bob gets them into, are often quite amusing and I laughed several times throughout. The book is easy reading and even a slow reader will be able to get through it in a few days.
What Fogle has in authenticity, however, is offset by the writing itself, which often feels contrived. This is particularly acute with respect to dialogue, which unfortunately often goes beyond contrived into flat-out cliched and even corny. The free-wheeling style of writing is usually not my thing but is probably appropriate for a novel such as this.
I am a bit surprised that the book DRUGSTORE COWBOY (as opposed to the movie) was never more popular. It has that Jack Kerouac feel to it that would seem to straddle the line between popular novel and cult classic. It may not be highbrow, but it is fast and fun.
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I am a big fan of the movie Drugstore Cowboy and when I found out it was based on book, I had to find it and read it. I am not disappointed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maybe Someday
I'd like to see the actual writing of James Fogle, not this "cleaned up" and edited version. I've only seen parts of it and it looks a lot different. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
I love reading stories like this. I could not put this book down. The dead on accuracies of drug addiction and what the addicts themselves will go through to maintain their high. Read morePublished 16 months ago by CrystBuddha
A good book describing early 70s drug culture. I actually liked it better than the movie, which threw in some extra stuff but on the whole it was a faithful adaption.Published 20 months ago by david loranger
This is a gem of a movie -- beautifully acted, directed, written and produced. Matt Dillon and the rest of the cast were spot on perfect. The limited use of music is perfect. Read morePublished 24 months ago by VideoDemon
James Fogle, a man who spent the vast majority of his life incarcerated managed to brilliantly portray the lifestyle that was his downfall in his only readily available published... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer