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Oscar Zeta Acosta (1935–1974)

Forfatter af The Revolt of the Cockroach People

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Værker af Oscar Zeta Acosta

The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973) 306 eksemplarer
Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972) 292 eksemplarer
La révolte des cafards (2016) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories (1993) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
Unknown California (1985) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer

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I read this back in 2003. Here is what I wrote in my journal at the time:

>>I just finished reading it. The book is a sequel to his previous The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, which based on my enjoyment of the one I just finished, I will most definitely try to find the previous book. The book was 262 pages long including an introduction by Hunter S. Thompson and afterword by Acosta's son. The book is set in 1960s Los Angeles during the height of the Chicano civil rights movement. The protagonist, Buffalo Zeta Brown, is a lawyer who at first seems to know little of the movement and wanted to write a story. He soon becomes involved with the movement, defending Chicanos in court as well as leading marches and protests. The pacing of the book is good; it was a fast and engaging read, written in first person point of view. It has humorous moments as well as moving moments. The little blurb on the back of the book calls Zeta a reluctant hero, and he was, but his strength is that when called upon, he did what had to be done, and in the process had a wild ride along the way. I strongly recommend this book.… (mere)
bloodravenlib | 4 andre anmeldelser | Aug 17, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book! One of those rare times when the "sequel" is better! This book is all about Buffalo's time/work with the Chicano Liberation movement, mostly as a lawyer, but also as an active member. His writing really brings alive the struggle, and at times I wanted to jump into the pages and join them! I often wondered if the people who made the movie "My Cousin Vinny" based some of the lawyer character off of the Buffalo! I'm really glad that I read this, and I hope to learn more about Oscar Zeta Acosta!… (mere)
Stahl-Ricco | 4 andre anmeldelser | Sep 26, 2018 |
"Juarez in the morning, when you have two cents in your pocket and been ordered out of town at gun point, is as depressing a city as you can find."

Can I get an amen? This is a heck of a read, and one I had never heard of! I picked this up because it was mentioned in a book I just finished reading, "There There" by Tommy Orange, and I'm glad that I did! It's really two stories, Oscar's childhood and his adventure after quitting being a Legal Aid lawyer in Oakland and hitting the road to find himself. I didn't really like the childhood pieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed the road trip! Very much like his buddy Hunter S., and just as irreverent! It's also the trip where he first meets Thompson! Lots of drugs, madness, and terrible behavior. He was one bad buffalo, and forever tormented by Procol Harum's - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"!

On a personal note, there are some strange connections between the buffalo and me! We were both born in El Paso, Texas. We were both in Boy Scout Troop 42, though in different cities. And he once got sent to Hamilton Air Force Base - which is here in Novato, my hometown! And we didn't 'meet' until 2018! Mi hermano!
… (mere)
Stahl-Ricco | 5 andre anmeldelser | Sep 12, 2018 |
One of the best autobiographies I have ever read -- not only addresses the issues of racism and poverty, but is laugh out loud funny. Very talented writer, too bad he did not write more books. For readers not familiar with him, he is Hunter Thompson's side kick in the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
kerryp | 5 andre anmeldelser | Nov 30, 2017 |



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