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Kesey's theatrical metamorphosis from the distinguished author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest to the abominable shaman of the "Acid Test" soirees that launched The Grateful Dead required Wolfe's Day-Glo prose account to endure (though Kesey's own musings in Demon Box are no slouch either). Even now, Wolfe's book gives what Wolfe clearly got from Kesey: a contact high. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Tom Wolfe is a groove and a gas. Everyone should send him money and other fine things. Hats off to Tom Wolfe!"--Terry Southern
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book . . . the pushing, ballooning heart of the matter . . . Vibrating dazzle!"--The New York Times
"Some consider Mailer our greatest journalist; my candidate is Wolfe."--Studs Terkel, Book Week
"A Day-Glo book, illuminating, merry, surreal!"--The Washington Post
"Electrifying."--San Francisco Chronicle
"An amazing book . . . A book that definitely gives Wolfe the edge on the nonfiction novel."--The Village Voice
"Among journalists, Wolfe is a genuine poet; what makes him so good is his ability to get inside, to not merely describe (although he is a superb reporter), but to get under the skin of a phenomenon and transmit its metabolic rhythm."--Newsweek
Tom Wolfe does an admirable job of getting close to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.
The whole book is written really well and the story is told well, it just almost seems that the same things are happening over and over.
He covered so much ground and had such a wealth of ideas and insights that the topic was irrelevent anyway.
If you want to know how the aesthetic associated with the sixties came to be, the art, the music, the literature, it all started with Ken Kesey in the woods south of San Francisco. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ray Muller
An iconic depiction of the Merry Pranksters and the hippie realm.Published 1 month ago by Florence Bunten
this is the true story of ken keseys merry pranksters, about their fast, wildly driven "can you pass the acid test" having bands such as the grateful dead play at these... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bessel orchid
I don't think I've done enough drugs to appreciate this particular work.Published 2 months ago by P. Wilson
Just not my cup of tea. Reviewing so Amazon takes this into account for recommendations :)Published 2 months ago by A. Dickson