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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre Paperback – Illustrated, March 4, 2008
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- Publisher : Free Press; 47532nd edition (March 4, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416534407
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416534402
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #400,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grant is a good writer and an observant, honest journalist. He describes his experiences in a readable and entertaining way and always puts them in an historical context. He really does make the history come alive and for this alone I am indebted to Grant
All books I have read have a common theme. He launches himself into adventure with a minimum of planning and a maximum of faith and most of all a sense of adventure. But he lacks the gigantic ego and self-aggrandizement that one might expect from this kind of book. He is actually more interested in talking to people and getting an honest take on the culture he is experiencing.
He is a very different writer than Hunter S Thompson but he reminds me of him. A large part of each book consists of him drinking or doing drugs with locals. That is one way he makes friends and gets beyond the surface of the culture.
Having said all this, God’s Middle Finger was the book I found the least interesting. It had the most personal danger for the author but the Sierra Madre culture stayed pretty impenetrable to me and not one I wanted to learn more about. There was one trek after another but I didn’t get the same sense of curiosity about place and culture that I did about say Africa or Mississippi.
Still he is a very good writer and anything he writes is worth reading.
His adventures are true modern day great stories of wonderful people trapped into growing and selling marijuana and being surrounding by very, VERY bad guys who will get too drunk with alcohol, too high from drugs and too ego-stung with power so will shoot you with little provocation just to feed the trigger finger.
Like the author, Itoward the end, grew tired of the macho male attitude and was glad to get out when he did.
Am a big Copper Canyon fan and a lot of this centers in the region.
Liked it so much, bought a second used copy for my cousin.
He had several DEA friends at one time and said that Grant's writing reminded him of their "war stories".
The big flaw is that he obviously gets bored by the last of his travel because no one will engage with him.
I was disappointed that He skims over places he previously talked up. He avoided Sinaloa, after the first and only time he is treated disrespectfully.
He apparently attends a religious ceremony with a Shaman and gives no detail.
Even with the flaws, it was a really fun read.