The Revolt of the Cockroach People

The Revolt of the Cockroach People The further adventures of Dr Gonzo as he defends the cucarachas the Chicanos of East Los Angeles Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin

  • Title: The Revolt of the Cockroach People
  • Author: Oscar Zeta Acosta Marco Acosta Hunter S. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780679722120
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • The further adventures of Dr Gonzo as he defends the cucarachas the Chicanos of East Los Angeles.Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real life model for Hunter S Thompson s Dr Gonzo a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, aThe further adventures of Dr Gonzo as he defends the cucarachas the Chicanos of East Los Angeles.Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real life model for Hunter S Thompson s Dr Gonzo a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge.In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Acosta takes us behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and early seventies, a movement he served both in the courtroom and on the barricades Here are the brazen games of chicken Acosta played against the Anglo legal establishment battles fought with bombs as well as writs and a reluctant hero who faces danger not only from the police but from the vatos locos he champions What emerges is at once an important political document of a genuine popular uprising and a revealing, hilarious, and moving personal saga.

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    1. This is the second book written by Acosta, the real Chicano radical lawyer on which Hunter Thompson based the Samoan attorney in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and about whom Thompson wrote so eloquently in The Great Shark Hunt. Acosta was a mad genius writer and fighter for justice, and this is his continuing story, before he went underground and disappeared. Neglected masterpiece.

    2. Out in the Youtube world, the only Acosta video you will find is a multi-part series where he reads about the murder, while in the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department, of young Chicano Robert Fernandez. The Fernandez incident is only one of a handful of arbitrary injustices that poor Chicanos suffered during the 1960's. It is one, of a few, that Acosta manages to get down on print. What Acosta achieves, though, through this wild, trippy, turbulent book is to hint at the true history of [...]

    3. This book was not what I expected when I stopped my sister-in-law from giving it to Goodwill. It was a textbook of hers for a Chicano Studies class, and I thought it would be a dry, academic book. I didn't look at the front cover close enough to see that it had a forward by none other than Hunter S Thompson, or read the back to see that the author was the template for Thompson's Dr. Gonzo.This is the story about the rise of Chicano pride and militarism in East LA during the 60's. It's about a ma [...]

    4. I read this back in 2003. Here is what I wrote in my journal at the time: >>I just finished reading it. The book is a sequel to his previous The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, which based on my enjoyment of the one I just finished, I will most definitely try to find the previous book. The book was 262 pages long including an introduction by Hunter S. Thompson and afterword by Acosta's son. The book is set in 1960s Los Angeles during the height of the Chicano civil rights movement. The p [...]

    5. I was introduced to the book in college. It was one of many novel we had to read in our English class. This book is about the civil right of Chicano's back in the 60's when they did march for their rights. This was the era when Dr. King marched for the civil rights for all minority. It opened my eyes in respect to those who stood up for what they believed in. I was just a child doing this time. After reading this I was very happy I read it. Plan to read it again.

    6. I have never laughed so hard in my whole life. Hunter S. Thompson's "Samoan lawyer", made famous in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", has some serious writerly chops of his own.

    7. I wanted to read this because I love Hunter's work so much. A fan of gonzo I really got my fix here. tumultuous times for chicano's in LA the Brown Buffalo stands up for his people.

    8. Loved this book. However, the sexist and homophobic comments that Oscar Zeta Acosta makes epitomizes what is wrong with our social movements.

    9. This was an eye opening account of a man, who's people I am co-citizens of the US with, but who's existence I as previously unaware of. The Chicano people lived for generations before Columbus, within the Southwest borders of the current United States, they are not Mexican, though they share some common haritage, but when a general in Mexico City sold their land to the United States, they had had the option to leave their family land and move to Mexico, or remain in the United States, as citizen [...]

    10. Out of print in English? It seems a shamead in Frenchcently and newly translatedhaving read Hunter Thompson it seems only fair to continue the story. in its own right and very honest. Excellente, trouve plus en anglais et c'est dommage mais tant mieux pour la littérature francophone !

    11. Acosta chronicles the fight against authority of Buffalo Zeta Brown. It's fiction in some ways but mostly autobiographical of the author himself. Lawyer, politician and revolutionary, he leads the Mexican-American movement in LA by organized marches, courtroom battles and violence. As a character, Brown is honest with his sexual vices and drug abuse problems. Drugs is one factor that keeps him detached from the people he represents. Sometimes, he runs from the chaos with drugs. In addition, Port [...]

    12. I really don't know how I ended up reading this book. I wish it was some awesome story but it kind of started as a joke as one of the only books one of my friends has ever read. He ended up letting me borrow it and I put off reading it for as long as I could. I expected it to be some type of R.L. Stine novel by the cover and the title. I really had no idea what to expect from this book.The introduction by Hunter S. Thompson really gets the book started in the right direction. Thompson seems to g [...]

    13. I read this book for my Mexican American Literature course in college and I'm still debating what to rate this book. I absolutely abhored the protagonist, who is either a fictionalized or realistic portrayal of the author himself. I'm just going to assume its fiction and that the overflowing misogyny in this book is meant as satire.The novel takes place during the 1960s Chicano Movement as well as the Counter-Culture Revolution. Drugs, sex, and violence provide the characters an escape to their [...]

    14. My research into the Chicano Moratorium march in LA in 1970 led me to this book. I did not know of Acosta or that he was the model for Hunter S. Thompson's lawyer sidekick in "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas." I only knew that this was the first novel I'd come across to address the marches by a Mexican-American. And while I've read many first-person accounts of that time, this one feels the truest, even though it's fiction. Acosta does little to disguise his characters: Roland Zanzibar instead [...]

    15. I'd like to start this off by saying that people who found this book to be "racist" against white people should probably read up on the atrocities committed against Chicanos everywhere and then re-read it and see if they interpret the "racism" as frustration for years of oppression and silencing and humiliation.This book was like, an accurate depiction of what it was like to be in the middle on the Los Angeles Chicano Movement (or so I've heard from professors who were right in the middle of it [...]

    16. Near the end of Revolt of the Cockroach People, Oscar Zeta Acosta, the hero of his own book, describes himself as "the bully, Buffalo Bullshit Brown, el Zeta, the hot-shot lawyer". This is not self-deprecating irony. It is autobiography. We, the audience, are supposed to be as enamored with "Zeta" and his "accomplishments" as he seems to be, but, sorry, I have little use for an autobiography about a self-appointed hero of the Chicano movement whose revolutionary impulses find outlets only in bul [...]

    17. I abslolutely hated this book. I read the first three chapters, and I was so disgusted by the author's portayal of female characters as being mainly sex-objects, that I had to put it down. Also, within the first 3 chapters, the characters drop roughly 20 F-bombs. I was forced to read this book by my College English professor in order to pass his class. I asked if it would be at all possible to read something with less cussing and sexual conotations, and he said "no." I do not recomend this book [...]

    18. this book is a memoir of the chicano liberation struggle in the late 60's in L.A. oscar zeta acosta was the chicano movement's official (though initially unwitting) lawyer and the man who hunter thompson traveled to Vegas with in 'Fear and Loathing,; as well one of the main characters in thompson's 'Strange Rumblings in Aztlan' (the often ignored but super-brilliant companion piece to Fear and Loathing'). acosta is a self-styled comic and tragic figure, winning huge victories in the L.A. courts, [...]

    19. along with "autobiography of a brown buffalo", this book aims to illuminate the historical moment of the militant chicano movement in the late 60s from the perspective of one of its participants and leading lawyers. it also happens to be a work of gonzo journalism filled with sex, drugs and decadence. it can go from courtroom drama to acid flashback in no time, so the vividly descriptive writing is sure to keep you on your toes. the contradictions are part of what makes it work, but only to a ce [...]

    20. This is a great book to learn about the Chicano Movement in the sixties. The 'real' Movement (filled with doubt and mistakes) that Chicanos today don't want to acknowledge. Its told from the point of view of one of the lawyers who represented many Chicanos arrested during the movement and helped organize alot of the events yet he isn't a saintly Cesar Chavez, rather an overweight slob who questions himself and the movement its far more real life and for once i could relate and understand the mov [...]

    21. Well. Dr. Gonzo looks mighty different when he's scheming with revolutionaries and unleashing five kinds of hell in a courtroom than when he's bathing with grapefruit and begging his chum to toss a Jefferson Airplane-blaring radio into the overflowing tub. Even with his unabashed love for the ladies and unorthodox approach to lawyering (not that I'd expect anything less from the high-powered mutant once portrayed as a 300-pound Samoan), this tale offered me a much more flattering impression of t [...]

    22. I have never read anything like this. Acosta is truly a phenomenal writer, and honestly just all around bad-ass. And I know that one of the cardinal sins when analyzing literature is thinking the narrator and the author are the same, but Mr. Buffalo Brown is so like what Acosta seems like, it was very very hard to keep the two separate. He manages to blend fiction with history seamlessly, making the two difficult to differentiate. Buffalo Zeta Brown takes his place at the forefront of the Chican [...]

    23. In an odd way this book reminded me of the writings of Charles Bukowski (one of the all time greats as far as I'm concerned) in that it detailed the knife-edge lives of those on the cusp of oblivion in California, specifically, Los Angeles. Similar, again, to Bukowski (though maybe not Acosta's intent) the politics seemed irrelevant, almost incidental. More than anything (and here, unlike Bukowski) this is a novel about a search for solidarity, identity, and essentially a sense of 'place' in the [...]

    24. When I first read this book I was a bit confused about its outlandish scenarios. I wasn't sure if this was a fictional account of the counterculture 70's or a legit memoir. By the second time, years later I realize that he was a unapologetic crazed man. He held a deep contempt for the systematic oppression of racist America. He didn't so much attacked the system as he through tantrums and disdain at authority figures. This is a good look at a specific group of Chicano "militants". It's a reminde [...]

    25. As appealing to me as an LA litigator as it is a social rhapsody of a moment in "Mexican-American" (Aztlan?) history. It's a lighter read on a heavy subject. You don't get the sense that Zeta knew what was happening as it was happening or knew what he wanted to do with the book as he wrote it--aside from a perfunctory closing that could be seen as self-aggrandizing. But that would not be inconsistent with the character of the author as described here and that character is stupendous entertaining [...]

    26. I have listened to Oscar read a story from this book and it captivated me beyond belief. Oscar was a Chicano attorney mostly in the L.A. area in the 60's and 70's. His background and stories will grab hold of you during the read a well after. He was last seen by his son boarding a boat either in Mexico to come to the USA or visa versa, I can't recall. He was never seen again. Some think he was shot in a drug deal gone bad and others believe he is on an island somewhere planning a revolution. You [...]

    27. A larger than life figure such as Zeta Brown deserves to be put on film. There seems to be a mystery around the veracity of Acosta's involvement in the book and, with the disclaimer citing the book as fiction yet being labeled as an autobiography doesn't help solve any of the mystery. Regardless, the novel/biography is a romp in East L.A. and knee deep in revolution in a highly tumultuous decade. Told with pathos, comedy, and sincerity, you can't help but root for and against Buffalo Brown, some [...]

    28. Not once while I was in school did I ever hear about the struggles with civil rights of Mexican-Americans or any other races for that matter other than that of black and white which is quite sad because our world is not black and white but made up of many shades of brown too. This book isn't very long but it embodies a large story, a struggle for equal rights and fair treatment. Stories we've heard over and over again but this time written from an insider of a movement. Not just any insider but [...]

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