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Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (Gonzo Letters) Kindle Edition
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The great selection of the letters together with Thompson's unparralelled ability to express himself via the written word creates an amazing voyage through his early career.
Starting in earnest with his initial career in the Airforce and concluding with him on the cusp of the greatness to come, the book takes us on this journey through his own eyes. I was amazed at how lucid and absorbing a book made up entirely of corresponance could be - only a man of Hunter S's ability to express through language could have succeeded in this achievement. Those who have read the Great Shark Hunt will be transfixed, those who haven't should. An absolute must for anyone with any interest in HST, the sixties, american literature or indeed anyone who just enjoys a damn good book. Outstanding. I just can't wait for Volume 2.
Hunter R.I.P. - you have been an inspiration to me ever since I read The Great Shark Hunt about 20 years ago. Since then I have read almost everything you published and everything I can find that has been written about you.... A true Hero.
This collection of HST's early writing is as inspiring as his later works. It helped me to understand more about what made him and what makes him tick. Above all, HST, more than any other writer, has helped me understand more about why the western world is as it is.
I would recommed anyone new to HST starts with The Great Shark Hunt and then on to this wonderful volume.
The book is well edited with notes between the correspondences regarding the situations at hand and information on the characters involved.
I've read a couple of biographies on HST but this gives a much more in- depth understanding and altogether more complete idea not only of the man in question, but also the workings of the world of journalism and the general political state of the world at the time (which remains depressingly similar to the present).
For me the book started off as a bit of a slog but as progresses it builds into a compelling structure of HST's inner workings thats well worth the ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really funny and inciteful read into the life of HST.Early accounts of his childhood and his first travels abroad entering the world as a jornalist, to the writing of Hells Angels.Published on 26 April 2012 by gareth brown
The first volume of HST correspondence follows his faltering steps into journalism but first there is an obsession with becoming a novelist the `great Puerto Rican novel' which in... Read morePublished on 30 May 2011 by paperbackliker
Hunter blossoms into psychohood in this grand book of letters of chaos, depression, drunkeness and other similar tales. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 1999
A truely facinating approach to biography. None of the snooty, staleness is evedent here, that might be found in the self concious memoirs of a biography. Read this and weep. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 1998
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