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Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone
Anyone interested in learning about life in the 1960s, that turbulent decade that's assumed almost mythic proportions for the changes it brought to popular culture, should probably read about it from someone who had been there. With Prime Green, acclaimed novelist Robert Stone tells of his adventures during the decade. In 1958, he left a two-year stint in the Navy and struck out for an undetermined life. He moved from place to place working a variety of jobs, consuming psychedelic drugs, making friends with Ken Kesey and other members of the counterculture, and exploring life in New York, northern California, New Orleans, Hollywood, Mexico, London, Paris, and Vietnam. Robert Stone's personal recollections and experiences bring to life a way of life that hasn't existed since. Prime Green has received mostly positive reviews with the New York Observer saying, "Mr. Stone remembers it all with a mix of anecdote, commentary and deft description. Prime Green is excellent on almost every page—free of solipsism, in light of how many experiences he acquired 'on the road,' and yet equally free of cliché."