i only just started American Pastoral, jail and irondarts have both commended it though. so far its living up.
read 'old man and the sea' as my hemingway intro, wasn't particularly blown away. i think i'd have maybe enjoyed it more had i already encountered his more descriptive realist works. as a fable i found it just okay, the underlying message didn't strike me as profound, pretty simple overall. though maybe i confess to possibly not understanding some of it, what the hell was the symbolism the lions about?
also read Portnoy's Complaint by Roth, terrific title but the description on the back lead my expectations in the wrong direction and i wound up somewhat disappointed. i expected the main character's devient amoral sexuality to clash more frequently with his conscience, i expected a shut-in who could never sustain a lasting relationship or even talk to a girl for fear of his f*cked up fetishes coming to light. didn't get that, instead it was just about a jew with uptight parents who had a few relationships, one of which happened to be with a giant slut. eh....
nevertheless still awesomely funny and well worth a read. redundant at times in terms of the observations, the humerous tangents and the like, but that wasn't really a problem since roth has such a tremendous command of the language and every word he writes flows so well, no matter how repetitive the content gets, it still sounds fresh
Zeta was Hunter Thompsons good friend.Benicio Del Toro's character on Fear And Loathing was based off of Zeta.Except he wasnt Samoan he was Chicano.Zeta is considered the chicano Malcolm X.He went to Mexico and was never heard from again.
Zeta was the one that coined the term "gonzo journalism".