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Perspective of an era
on 4 September 2015
This is the quintessential fictional account of the "summer of love", centred mostly in Torremolinos in July 1969 (I, in my mid-twenties at that time was touring Europe, and I didn't go there despite advice from friends - I'm still kicking myself). The characters come from varied backgrounds and countries, one is a draft-dodger, another a fugitive from the law. The attitudes of the youth of that period are detailed, the music, sex, drug culture, the counter-culture (the anarchistic movement which called itself The Weathermen is portrayed as The Haymakers). The book examines the background to the six-day war in the Middle East by means of fictional account, and there are some telling quotations at the start of each chapter which it is well to read in the light of present-day political taboos and restrictions on free expression. The South African situation at the time is also examined as the characters visit Mozambique and meet some Afrikaner Nationalists.
This is a work of stature. Not a factual history, maybe, but perhaps a better account of the era and its perspectives than might be found in a history book. If you want to understand Western youth of that time, read it.