Essay on Acid Test

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1) Title of Book: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 2) Author: Tom Wolfe 3) The grounds on which Thomas Wolfe created this documentation of the Merry Pranksters is that he attempts to re-create both the mental and physical atmosphere of their adventure and exploration across America. 4) Specific evidence in supporting the aforementioned thesis can be found in the “Author’s Note” section of the book but also in the writing style used to develop this masterpiece. Writing in a basic journal style, Wolfe documented the extraordinary life style lived by the Pranksters through personal experiences with them as well as transcribing their adventures that were captured on both film and tape. 5) Tom Wolfe, with his journalist style of transcribing …show more content…
This novel, which originally started out to be a novel discussing Ken Kesey’s (author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) life as a fugitive wanted for drug possession living in Mexico, from there developed into this “journal” of Kesey’s band, the Merry Pranksters, and their tripped out adventures. 8) One of the most outstanding features of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is the simplicity of it to read. The journal style writing Wolfe used allows the reader to be absorbed into the LSD fantasy world the Pranksters were living in. Also, Wolfe’s meticulous attention to detail adds to this effect and carries out his thesis of re-creating the atmosphere in which these acidheads existed. 9) Although it provides and interesting documentation through the use of journal form writing, Wolfe probably failed English class due to the multitude of fragments and disregarded sentences. (This may have also been a “trippy” effect, too.) Another disappointment is in the author’s note; Wolfe tells how much of the book was written through the use of viewing film. It takes away from the first hand experience developed and slightly challenges the authenticity of the material. But, it’s only a disappointment if you actually read the author’s note. 10) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a must read, but not in lieu of it being a well-developed literary masterpiece.
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