One death leads to more
THE BUFFALO NEWS, June 14, 1992
There's little that's conventional
about Gustav Hasford's A Gypsy Good Time. It's
about murder, sex and drug dealing, as are many crime stories set in
Hollywood these days. But there the similarity ends.
Hasford puts his own
madcap, raucous spin on the goings-on as we follow La-La Land bookstore
operator Dowdy Lewis Jr. in his search for the killer of film producer
Yvonna Lablaine, who has ended up dead on his doorstep after taking
him to carnal heaven.
Which causes Dowdy,
a Vietnam War survivor, to decide "it's time to get wired and detonate."
Having used up all his fear in Southeast Asia, as he puts it, he begins
mixing it up with the uglies who corrupted Yvonna via heroin and
hedonism. An awesome body count follows.
Hasford's style is
feverish, often psychedelic. It careens and ricochets with off-the-wall
similes and way-out metaphors. It is violent, dark, erotic.
The author, who lives
on a Greek island, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the screenplay
of Full Metal Jacket.
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