New English Library, London, 1973
an extravaganza for Lady Andrea Gonzo, Dr Emanuel Gonzo & Ana Maria Lovely
dedication: an extravaganza for Lady Andrea Gonzo, Dr Emanuel Gonzo & Ana Maria Lovely
The blurb on the back:
THE TIME: two months of chaos and crisis in the summer of 1972.
FREAKS is the story of the emotional interactions and sexual permutations of seven people as they live through a crucial period in all their lives. It describes the pressures they experience; their successes and failures in the game of survival; and their attempts to escape from situations created for them and by themselves, usually with painfully unpleasant results.
It's tosh, of course, complete tosh, a British attempt at Beat writing. As though it weren't bad enough that the Beats continue to exert a death-like grip on American youth literature, we have to indulge the self-indulgence they bequeathed us as well.
It's perhaps significant that the narrator is a Welsh poet - Celtic fringe, you see? So what does he have to say to us?
Oh, shut up.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5