New ebook explores Hunter S. Thompson from a mythological perspective

Invoking Gonzo – A Daunting Search for the Lost Identity of Man (G.Dawe, 2013), investigates the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson and asks the question: Can going gonzo be a catalyst for self transformation?

Online PR News – 24-October-2013 – BKK, Thailand, 20th Sept – BKK, Thailand, 20th Sept. Invoking Gonzo – A Daunting Search for the Lost Identity of Man (G.Dawe, 2013, available in ebook format from Amazon and Barnes and Noble), investigates the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson, and Ibogaine – a powerful psycho-active substance currently gaining popularity as a way to instantly interrupt various compulsions, among them heroin addiction.

Invoking Gonzo follows Joseph Man as he is possessed by a mischievous archetypal force, one that Hunter Thompson called gonzo, but one which is otherwise known by its more formal, archetypal name: the Trickster. This archetype, which fits Hunter like a glove, is a pattern of human behavior, or fundamental human theme, which is called into existence when a culture or a person’s viewpoint becomes too rigid and needs shaking up, or shattering. The Trickster is the perfect vehicle to undermine terminal creeds which often result in catastrophe for a culture. Hunter was renowned for it; he was constantly challenging the status quo and redefining boundaries. In doing so, Hunter was seen by many as exactly what the Trickster archetype represents: a cultural hero, demigod, and savior of peoples. The Trickster, like Hunter, calls into question fundamental assumptions about the way the world is organized, and reveals the possibility of transforming them, and ourselves – even if often for ignoble ends.
Joseph Man, who becomes so caught up in the magnetic pull of the Trickster that he literally starts to ‘go gonzo’, must find a way to exorcise this unwelcome archetypal invader before his real identity, and the love of his life, are lost forever. His search for a cure takes him to Africa where he takes Ibogaine, one of the most powerful psychedelic substances known to mankind.

From Amazon: ‘There is humor, drama and philosophy in this quirky tale of a man and his dream and the spirit of HST [Hunter S. Thompson].’

‘I’ve always enjoyed writing about obscure, little-known-about technologies or techniques that can help people transform,’ Dawe says. ‘As well as my job as an entertainer I gain satisfaction from educating my readers, within a fictional setting, about strange but potentially life-changing tools. Ibogaine is a fascinating substance used only by a few tribes in certain areas of Africa. However, it carries such potential for self-transformation, and for treating different forms of addiction, that I believe its relatively little-known about status needs bringing into mainstream awareness.’

Dawe is the author of Theta Head (Caffeine Nights Publishing, 2009), a book which explores, in a fictional context, biofeedback for personal growth. He currently lives in Thailand where he teaches English.

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