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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tom Wolfe
Publisher:
Bantam Books 
Year:
1968 
ISBN:
0553264915 
Categories:
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Reviewed by Erowid, 5/28/1998

A good cultural marker of what was going on in San Francisco in the late ‘60s. Perhaps not quite as good as the hype about it suggests.

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  1. ...an extremely interesting fictional account loosly based on the real life psychedelic voyage of the infamous Ken Kessey and his band of Merry Pranksters on the magical school bus known as Fuurther.

    Keep in mind that this a work of FICTION. While many took it as the historical gospel on the history of the Pranksters when it first published, those actually involved state that the actual events that took place turned out quite about differently than this book presents. While Tom Wolfe never exactly stated it was an accurate historical account, he never really denied it either, making it even more misleading.

    Taken strictly as a work of fiction, I think it’s a very entertaining read. Wolfe uses a “cut up” sort of stream of consciousness thing throughout much of the book that many people still try to imitate to this, that people seem to either totally love or totally loathe, so it can be a tough read if you’re not paying close attention or if you’re a “just the facts, ma’am” type of person. I think the tone matches the often hallucinatory narrative greatly.

    Comment by monoamine — 5/7/2005 @ 8:17 pm

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