Autobiography of a Brown Buffaloby Oscar Zeta Acosta
Written with uninhibited candor and manic energy, this book is Acosta's
Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano layer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo," a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge.
Written with uninhibited candor and manic energy, this book is Acosta's own account of coming of age as a Chicano in the psychedelic sixties, of taking on impossible cases while breaking all tile rules of courtroom conduct, and of scrambling headlong in search of a personal and cultural identity. It is a landmark of contemporary Hispanic-American literature, at once ribald, surreal, and unmistakably authentic.
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In an attempt to find himself, Oscar Zeta Acosta, a.k.a. Brown Buffalo, goes on a road trip across America and into Mexico. Along the way, Oscar learns that he belongs to neither America nor Mexico, and he finally gets involved with the Chicano movement, which some law enforcement officials considered to be more dangerous than the Black Panthers. Acosta weaves a story through many sixties subcultures. He incorporates some vivid descriptions of a marijuana high and an acid trip. Some readers may be offended by Acosta's beat writer style, racial epithets, male-dominated perspective, and vulgar sense of humor, but I laughed out loud during several passages. The story slows down when Oscar hits the road, but it's an easy read, so the journey doesn't take too long. If you like the writing styles of Hunter S. Thompson or William Burroughs, then you'll probably like Acosta's writing.