A book about Hippies

How much do you know about those 70s free-spiritated people, calling for peace and freedom, wearing flared jeans and flowers in their hair?

If you want to discover something more about these counterculture icons, do not miss the reading of Hippies by Gary Gautier. It is an enjoyable short novel that you can read all at once!

Rating: 10/10
Cost: $10.99 – also available in Kindle format for $2.99.

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Presentation by the author:

By 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius. Hippies is well-suited to readers of historical fiction, literary fiction, and anyone interested in the 1960s or the history of countercultural movements.

Find out more about the author:

Gary Gautier, with an MA from UT-Austin and a Ph.D. from CU-Boulder, has taught writing and literature at the University of Colorado and Louisiana State University. He has published children’s and scholarly books, novels and poetry, literary criticism and book reviews. Gary has hitchhiked through 40 states and 8 countries, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.

See another work of the author, Year of the Butterfly

See what else Gautier is up to on Facebook: Gary Gautier  Blog: shakemyheadhollow

 

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La La Land – don’t miss seeing the new Casablanca

Thanks to its combination of romance, beautiful musics and cultural connotations, La La Land by Damien Chazelle is definitely one of the best movie I have watched this year.

The passionate and dramatic love story between the dissatisfied jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and the aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) will moved you in a way that only Rick and Ilsa from Casablanca have been able to… Love, though profound and overwhelming, cannot replace the natural human desire of self-realization.

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Stunning choreographies, musics and 1950s costumes accompany the blossoming of this love making the musical unique and enchanting.

I believe that the encounter between the two passions of the characters, jazz and acting, has been able to represent the greatest metaphor of the musical as a movie genre.
The historical intense plot of Casablanca is so made slightly “softer” through the insouciance of dance and music.

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Should I go?

My advice is absolutely to experience it at the cinema – It is only £9 with the student discount!
Rating: 10/10

Enjoy the view.

 

 

Monday’s cinema

Monday is my day-off from University and, when I don’t have too much to study, I like to spend this day visiting an art gallery or going to the cinema.
TODAY I finally go to watch La La Land by Damien Chazelle at ODEON Tottenham Court.

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Have you watched this movie? Give me ideas for my review by leaving a comment below with your opinions/rantings or doing this very quick poll!

I actually have great expectations for the Gosling-Stone 1950s couple and I am looking forward to share with you my critical review.