By Oscar Zeta Acosta
Earlier than his mysterious disappearance and possible loss of life in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was once recognized as a Robin Hood Chicano layer and infamous because the real-life version for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo," a fats, pugnacious legal professional with a gargantuan urge for food for meals, medicinal drugs, and existence at the edge.
Written with uninhibited candor and manic strength, this publication is Acosta's personal account of coming of age as a Chicano within the psychedelic sixties, of taking up most unlikely circumstances whereas breaking all tile principles of court docket behavior, and of scrambling headlong looking for a private and cultural identification. it's a landmark of latest Hispanic-American literature, instantly ribald, surreal, and unmistakably real.
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