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Screwjack [Paperback]

Hunter S. Thompson
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Book Description

7 May 2010

Including a chronicle of his first mescaline experience, a trailer-park confrontation and ending with an unnaturally poignant love story, Screwjack is an exhilarating collection of short stories. As Thompson puts it in his introduction, the three stories here ‘build like Bolero to a faster & wilder climax that will drag the reader relentlessly up a hill, & then drop him off a cliff . . . That is the Desired Effect.’

Amid all the hilarity, Hunter S. Thompson proves just how brilliant a prose stylist he really is. Screwjack is salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical.

‘Hunter Thompson elicits the same kind of admiration one would feel for a streaker at Queen Victoria’s funeral’ William F Buckley

‘There are only two adjectives writers care about anymore, brilliant and outrageous, and Hunter S. Thompson has a freehold on both of them’ Tom Wolfe

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330510762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330510769
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hunter S. Thompson is incomparably the most celebrated exponent of the New Journalism. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Generation of Swine.

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Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) was an American journalist widely regarded as the father of gonzo journalism.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A nice-to-have only 30 Sep 2002
The stories are interesting, enjoyable and written in that style that we know and love, but still, it's hard to justify recommending this.
Mescalito clearly inspired the hotel room carnage in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and as such provides an interesting reference for the fans. Screwjack and Death of a Poet are even further off the wall than Thompsons usual (unusual?) offerings, pleasingly sick and great for freaking out your work colleagues when they ask what you are reading. Enjoyable as these all are, 40 pages of large type for...[the price]is pretty steep, why haven't these been pasted into one of HST's longer compendia?
For the die-hards only.
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Screwjack is collection of three very short pieces of Hunter S. Thompsons prose. The first, 'Mescalito,' is a typical description of a HST mescaline powered bender written at his free flowing best. The second and third, 'Death of a Poet' and 'Screwjack' are even shorter writings of HST conversations with companions.
Screwjack is definitely of interest to HST fanatics to complete their collection. Newcomers to the Gonzo style would be more advised to try the good Doctors other books first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear all, Who enter here !! 18 Oct 2004
Well Mahalo,
This was written as a bit fun. And up until now there have only been 300 private press's made of this little gem. It has to be the most funked up bunch of short stories I have ever had the pleasure to spend my time reading.
It seems the good Doctor has gone completly sideways with this one... Truely bizarre! From Mescaline (Mescalito) to Domestic Violence (Death of a Poet) to Beastiality (Screwjack). It get's it all in in less than 60 pages.
If your out there looking for a ripping yarn like Fear and Loathing and know nothing of Hunter S. Thompson.. This book isn't for you! But if like me you are a fan of the Dr of Journalism this has to be featured in your collection so you can bring it out on special occasions just to shock you square friends when the start talking about classic literature..
Certainly makes you wanna go out and gobble up and shed load of Acid and Mescaline all at once and reap the consciquences..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful, But not stand-alone stuff 3 Feb 2012
By Gilolc
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Well, before concurring with much of the previous reviewer's comments about length and content, I must admit that Hunter is still Hunter, and however small a volume, his stories are always a great read. Particular interest lies with looking at how his writing style developed from these early works to his much lauded 'Gonzo' of later years. They also stand as a good guide for beginning short-story writers.
But of course this whole book does feel like it could be a single chapter of one of his later works. I wouldn't mind this except for the fact that I bought it for roughly the same price that I bought 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' on Amazon.
Adding to the disappointment was that the physical book has a tacky feel to it, as if it were designed for Thompson fan-boys who feel like they only need his picture to understand the man. For the price/size ratio, I'd have expected something a little more genuine.
I don't regret purchasing this book, but there's nothing in here that one couldn't gain from dipping into his novels or reading from his article collections.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fair assessment 15 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You can read this short book in one sitting. Nothing of the stories stayed with me. Not to say it wasn't a decent read, but depth isn't the nature of a journalist. Of course HST gets deep, but he's still just a journalist scratching around at the bottom of the murk. "And a thousand thousand slimy things lived on, and so did I." He seemed armour-plated and strangely immune, so like Hemingway he went out and hunted big game. Only when he thought he was scalping the American Dream, he was upholding it: the perfect con-trick of a dream. Tenderness and sentimentality are just targets he would've shot in his backyard. He's probably a hero to an army of flag-waving jackasses without much critical faculty. Generally what he's selling I don't want; I just have no use for it. It's a shame because the man could write.
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This short collection of 3 stories by Hunter S Thompson is a must read however I would suggest for his fans only. You can literally read from front cover to back cover in 20 mins. Moving, disturbing and thought provoking! However I do feel the item is a little pricey for the amount of content and compared to the price of full length Thompson books that you can buy new on Amazon.
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