Prime Green : Remembering the Sixties (Paperback)

Author: Stone, Robert

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060957773
SKU 203144013
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060957778
Release Date 1/1/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Robert Stone
Born in New York City and reared in Brooklyn, Robert Stone attended NYU and Stanford University. He has acknowledged the influences of Hemingway and the Beats on his work. Known for his emphasis on down-and-out characters, one critic said of him, "He is the apostle of strung out."
"Erudite but blunt, both tender and hard-boiled, the part-time tabloid hack turned novelist knows how to stick a sentence. He knows how to fly down the high road of ideas, then suddenly crank the steering wheel of style and take us for a tough ride along the ditches. He's great on people--on joining their abstract insides to their outsides--and he's even better on places."
"Stone is a born storyteller, with a wonderful feel for place and character that vividly evokes the cultural gulf America crossed in that decade." [starred review]
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Editors Note From the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, turbulent, and fascinating glory. Building on personal vignettes from Robert Stone's travels across America, the legendary novelist offers not only a riveting and powerful memoir but also an unforgettable inside perspective on a unique moment in American history.
Annotation The 1960s looms large in the American psyche but time and television have mostly transformed its ideals and dreams into a simplified mockup. Perhaps no writer better goes beneath the surface and explores the strange intricacies of the decade than award-winning (National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, the Guggenheim "Genius Grant" Fellowship, etc.) novelist Robert Stone. His memoir PRIME GREEN is bookended by his service in the Navy in the late 1950s and his experiences as a journalist in Vietnam during the disastrous invasion of Laos. In-between these adventures, Stone worked a lot of bad jobs, traveled across the country, was beaten up by truckers, toured with a traveling religious theater, did a lot of drugs, hung out with Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady, and saw the a time of sudden energy and hope slip away under the relentless crush of history. Stone writes without excessive political exegesis or sentimental nostalgia; his focus remains fixed on people, both himself and those around him, and his memoir bristles with their ideas, their fears, and their desperate plans. In Stone's assured prose--at turns sardonic, at turns melancholy--the ghost of America's past rematerializes.
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Number of Pages 0229
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