From Hunter S. Thompson comes this small book that contains three short stories. The first is titled “Mescalito” and describes a wild night of drinking and use of mescaline for the first time in a hotel room. The second is “Death of a Poet” and finds Thompson dealing with the death of a friend after he visits a trailer park complex. The final story is titled “Screwjack” and is a wild ride through Thompson’s head and imagination.
Bizarre. Truly the best way for me to describe this trio of stories. I had heard Hunter S. Thompson’s writing was a little out there, however, this was my first experience. I found the short stories very hard to follow. I felt as though I was reading a short segment from Thompson’s own personal diary after a mescaline infueled drug encounter.
Appeal Factors: Melancholy, Offbeat, Violent
According to Novelist, read-alikes for this book include: Hit Parade by Lawrence Block, Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (accessed May 4, 2013).
I chose this book because I receive a plethora of requests for books by Hunter S. Thompson at the library where I work. Ever curious, I thought it wise to begin my foray into Thompson’s works with something short.