Outside Looking In

by T.C. Boyle | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0062883003 Global Overview for this book
Registered by spy-there of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 3/19/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by spy-there from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, March 19, 2021
Found it yesterday in Bücher-Brocky :)

Journal Entry 2 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
What happened to TC Boyle, my cherished chronicler of American history? He takes up the topic of psychedelic drugs, particularly LSD and the charismatic figure of professor Timothy Leary. However I have never read such a boring, plain portrayal by Boyle. His Leary is just not impressive, remains obscure and distanced, as if the author was reluctant to really know this person.
I mean, this is a story about psychedelic trips, about the first hippies, the Beat Generation, this tale should explode in your brain - but it appears more as a dutiful essay from somebody who is quite tired of these memories.
Maybe Boyle WAS tired and just didn't finish this book. It has no end, simply stops. Leary's life story actually went much further. He was prosecuted, imprisoned many times (once in the adjacent cell of Charles Manson with whom he often discussed), he fled the American authorities to Zurich (where I coincidentally met him once in 1972), to Vienna, Beirut and Kabul. He later became an advocat of space colonisation and life extension.
His whole life, Leary was surrounded by interesting celebrities; friends amongst many others were Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Susan Sarandon, William Gibson, David Byrne, Johnny Depp. But in Boyle's story only Ken Kesey and Maynard Ferguson appear, rather pale and blurry, The Beatles and Joan Baez are mentioned. Anyway, lots of missed opportunities to bring a bit of spice into this shallow party.
Another detail which bothered me: In the hippie age we ate vegetarian or even macrobiotic, I remember well. Enlightened people strived for harmony and love, never would harm weaker beings like children or animals. In Boyle's story people mindlessly gorge mostly on meat, and there is a horrible teenager who encages or kills all animals in forest and sea he can catch, just for the fun of it.
I felt quite at a loss after this. Half of a story and no real message.

Journal Entry 3 by spy-there at COOL BOOKS in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Released 3 wks ago (4/13/2021 UTC) at COOL BOOKS in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland


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Journal Entry 4 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Took it home with me from our vernissage of the Cool Books fridge.

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