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- Editor: Brilliance Audio; Edición: Unabridged (28 de julio de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1501227955
- ISBN-13: 978-1501227950
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Inspired by the authors experiences working with Hunter S. Thompson, an exhilarating, full-speed-aheadroman à clef about an ambitious young writer who takes a job as an assistant to an unmotivated, drug-addled literary icon and helps him finish his long-awaited novelby any means necessary.
Alley Russo is a recent Ivy League grad desperately trying to make it in New York publishing. She has no connections, even less money, and slings drinks at a Bleecker Street dive bar while slogging through an unpaid internship at Beat magazine. Its there that she hears that the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistantafter eight others have recently come and goneto help him finish his next novel. Hungry for a chance to transcend her working-class roots, not to mention score an experienced editors eyes on the manuscript shes poured her heart into, Alley takes the job.
After surviving an absurd three-day trial period involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, shes invited to stay. Over the ensuing months, as Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker one long page at a time, the endless procrastinating, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, Walkers mounting debt, and his casual gunplay will exact a toll on Alleys psyche. By the time she fully grasps the reality of her situationthat shes alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted icon whose literary powers are waningher fate may already be sealed.
Biografía del autor
Cheryl Della Pietra is a longtime New York City magazine editor, writer, and copy editor. She has published numerous stories in such magazines as Marie Claire, Redbook, and POV magazine. For a brief time, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she lived with Hunter S. Thompson in Woody Creek, Colorado, where she worked as his assistant. She currently lives in Branford, Connecticut, with her husband and son.
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Della Pietra worked as Thompson’s assistant for a few months, but it had to feel like a few lifetimes. Her job was to help Thompson write a novel, Polo is My Life (which never was actually finished). This was 1992, and Thompson was well past the days of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That book set a standard, both for writing and for personality, that was awfully hard to live up to. And, if this novel is true to life, it took a pretty hard toll.
Thompson, in the novel, is Walker Reade. Reade mirrors Thompson pretty closely. Della Pietra (Alley Russo) lands in the middle of exactly the kind of chaos you’d expect of Thompson’s life and his habits.
Walker is dedicated to drugs, alcohol, and fun. But he is almost like a dependent patient in an assisted living home. He can’t fully function on his own. He actually has three assistants, one his girlfriend (Devaney) and a kind of overall household manager (Claudia) besides Alley. Alley’s job is to coral Walker into writing every night by 2 AM, after he’s spent hours drinking, coking, shooting guns, blowing things up, holding court with guests, . . . until hopefully he can finally settle down to work and get a few pages written.
She’s actually pretty successful, at least compared to others who have tried to do the same thing. Alley is young, just out of college, so she’s got the energy to keep up with Walker, and over time, she builds up the confidence to stand up to him.
She’s there to learn from a great writer and also to take advantage of his standing to push her own career as a writer forward. But she finds out it’s not going to be easy. Walker lets her know that this is all about him, he’s not going to lift a finger to help her.
At first, it’s just a wild ride. But the tone gets darker and darker. Walker’s in decline. He’s burning out but he’s fading away, too. Every day has its fun, but it’s exhausting and frustrating, too. Even when the excitement is high, the exhaustion is still there, underneath and heading for desperation Things are drying up. Walker does very little writing, and his habits are expensive — he’s going broke. And even though he has flashes of his old brilliance, he’s just not fresh. He’s in reruns of his old self.
It’s hard to work up sympathy for Walker. He is a force against sympathy — he’s cruel, angry, and crazy. But, yeah, he’s still fun, and every once in a while, he’s still brilliant.
Alley lasts, and she has some success, both personally and in her mission with Walker. She even has a positive effect on Walker as a person by the end. The cruelty and the crazed anger part every now and then to show who he must have been before the craziness and the need to live up to who he has been took over.
I’ve read that Della Pietra says the story is 60% factual. It sure rings true against what I’ve read of Thompson, in his own writings, his letters, and in accounts of him. I feel like I learned a lot about him, though, seeing him through her eyes. She sees through him more than others I’ve read.
And she’s a very good writer. I was disappointed to see that the novel she was working on while working with Thompson is not published. This book really skates. In particular, her playing of the mood, from manic to desperate, like a slow burn, is beautifully done. I usually take my time reading novels, but I went through this in just a few sittings — whenever I started to put it down, all I wanted to do was get back inside it.
"...Shut up. Stop worrying. And get the fern."
That line, spoken by Walker Reade, sounds very much like something Hunter S. Thompson would say, but that is as close as this story comes to his writing.
The story is about Alessandra, or Allie, a young college graduate who went to work for a legendary writer, Walker Reade, as an assistant, to help him complete his current work in progress. We know Allie is Pietra, right? And, obviously, Walker Reade is Hunter S. Thompson, or at least the caricature of Hunter S. Thompson that I have always imagined must be him. So how much of the story is real and how much is fiction? I don't know, but as I read the book, I found myself imagining which parts must be real and which parts are too far-fetched to possibly be true. I did enjoy this story thoroughly, and even found myself wanting to admonish Allie at one point. What did she think was going to happen, anyway? Walker warned her, didn't he? OK. I may have been drinking when I read that part.
Read the book. The story is brilliant.
--Simone Corday (author of “9 ½ Years Behind The Green Door, A Memoir: a Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers Her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, And The Killing That Rocked San Francisco”)