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Screwjack by Hunter S. Thompson

jacket$15.00, 64 pages, Short Story

Author Biography



Simon and Schuster

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).

Study Guide and Discussion Questions

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.

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