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3.0 out of 5 stars
The Gas, by Charles Platt, 18 Nov 2010
I originally bought this book as I collect psychadelic artwork, and have always loved the front cover of this book in particular. I also own a 1st edition copy of Robert M Pirsig's 'Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' which has similar artwork, and a full size poster I picked up in the US.
Unfortunately, a poster of The Gas cover art is not available as far as I can tell after much research - so I attempted to scan the cover in, but once stretched beyond it's original size, the quality is poor as you can imagine.
I attempted to read the book and although I struggled at times, it was intruiging enough for me to finish it, although the acts of perversion described in it are at times either so ridiculous it dampens the impact of the horric content.
I'm not sure if this works, I'd either like to be repelled or humoured, but both at the same time? It kind of works but it leaves you feeling a little apathetic towards the characters. As the ludicrousness builds throughout, I began to feel too detatched from any reality previously constructed by Platt.
It's pretty shocking to think someone would openly write/publish/sell something like this, particularly at points where minors are involved - it makes you wonder whether Platt is exercising his own demons/demonic thoughts of sexual perversion (which I respect, but it's also a little worrying). At points it's not very well written, and jumps quite quickly at times, which made me feel like I'd skipped a page or two - is this a product of bad editing though?
Anyway, it's certainly a very unique book, but I think I'll sell it on as it's definately not one I'd share with friends or leave around the coffee table!