Thursday, 2 February 2012
Author: Don Mitchell
Year of publication: 1970, Bantam edition 1971
Back cover blurb: The song of the open road - blue, bitter, and mostly a bummer..
Gary and Chay met on an acid trip - her last, his first. They decided to spend the summer on the road - no hurry, no special destination. The trip was in the people they made it with...
Quick flick reveals: A hippy road trip story reminiscent of films like Easy Rider, Two-Lane Blacktop etc. Only it's not a film, it's a book. (Although it was made into a film. Hasn't been on telly recently.) Probably aimed more at the tourists who went to gawp at Haight-Ashbury on sight-seeing tours than the actual residents. Which is fine by me.
Random paragraph: 'Gary had to freak again now, behind that word, "Bloodcunt". Diesel shouldn't have said that, it brought everything back: "Heavy, heavy." "Get lost, man." He freaked behind the whole night, this whole freaking night. "Jesus. Look. I know this for a fact." Injun, piss, po - defend the lie, cover that lie! "I don't care what her eyes are doing, I know this!" Poor, piss.'