"The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test"
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This paper explains "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" as a non-fiction account of the life of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. Wolfe's book follows Kesey's life from his beginnings as a promising middle-class athlete and academic. Kelsey was voted the boy most likely to succeed, and went on to Stanford University on a creative writing scholarship. It explains that he was an unlikely person to eventually become one of the most notorious figures in the psychedelic world. However the story shows how at Stanford, Kesey became involved with the "hippie movement" at Penny Lane.
From the Paper:"Tom Wolfe's rigorous journalistic approach, combined with his masterful exploration of a stream-of-consciousness narrative marks "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" as one of the most effective and compelling investigations into the psychedelic experience of the 1960s. Wolfe's uncompromising and relentless investigation provides a solid understanding and background for "The Electric Kool Aid Test". However, it is his effective use of imagery and description that brings the characters and events of the book to life. Wolfe's lush imagery and narrative have led critic Brian Abel Ragen to compare "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" to a picturesque novel. Certainly, Ragen's argument is valid, and it is this very picturesque quality, in combination with Wolfe's journalistic approach that makes "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" both an informative and compelling read."
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