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am 16. Juni 2005
... an diesem propagandistischen Machwerk ist vor allem, dass es noch zu meiner Zeit (vor etwa 7 Jahren) allen Ernstes als Aufklärungsliteratur im AHS-Englischunterricht eingesetzt wurde.
Jeder, der diesen als authentischen Erlebnisbericht daherkommenden Text zu lesen in Erwägung zieht, sollte wissen, dass es sich hier vor allem um eines handelt: Einen Ausbund von Lügen über die Droge LSD, dessen jahrelange Persistenz in Dokuliteratur und Pädagogik geradezu ein Mahnmal gegen die gängige Strategie der Illegalisierung (und damit einhergehenden Desinformation) von halluzinogenen Drogen darstellt.
Lassen sie mich den Inhalt des Buches kurz zusammenfassen: Alice, ein perspektivenloser Teenager wie wir alle es waren, wird abhängig von LSD; einer Droge, die ihr erlaubt, aus ihrer als sinnlos empfundenen Existenz zu fliehen. Die Wirkung der Droge besteht in der Schaffung eines mehrstündigen euphorischen Zustandes, der schließlich in eine ebenso lange Periode tiefster Depression mündet. Sie nimmt LSD schließlich täglich und wird kriminell und letztlich zur Prostituierten, um ihre Sucht finanzieren zu können.
Seit Jahrzehnten würde ein kurzer Blick in die entsprechende Fachliteratur genügen, um den Inhalt dieses Buches als Lüge zu entlarven. Dazu 5 Punkte:
1.) Eine körperliche Abhängigkeit von LSD ist unmöglich.
2.) Eine geistige Abhängigkeit von LSD ist theoretisch denkbar, durch das Wirk- und Toleranzprofil jedoch praktisch nicht möglich, und in der jahrzehntelangen Geschichte dieser Droge bisher kein einziges Mal glaubwürdig belegt. Ein LSD-Trip ist psychisch enorm anstrengend und ruft daher kaum den Wunsch nach schneller Wiederholung hervor. Und selbst wenn dieser bestehen sollte, macht die extreme Toleranzentwicklung eine Fortsetzung des Rausches normalerweise unmöglich.
3.) Die Toleranz baut sich erst nach einigen Tagen vollständig ab. Ein täglicher Konsum, wie im Buch beschrieben, wäre nur mit ständiger enormer, unmöglich zu bezahlender Dosissteigerung möglich. Und selbst das nur kurze Zeit.
4.) LSD ruft ebensowenig wie die allermeisten anderen Halluzinogene zuverlässig Zustände der Euphorie oder der Depression hervor. Diese Zustände als Folge der Droge sind beide absolut möglich, jedoch (und das ist der Punkt) nicht zuverlässig wiederholbar. Dies ist ein weiterer Grund dafür, dass eine psychische Abhängigkeit von LSD kaum denkbar ist: Eine Stimmungsaufhellung oder Problemverdrängung lässt sich mit dieser Droge schlicht nicht zuverlässig erzeugen.
5.) Die tatsächlichen Gefahren von LSD liegen ganz woanders: Durch die Droge berauschte Personen können sich während des "Trips" verletzen, meist durch Unfälle. Auch Selbstmorde unter LSD-Einfluss sind dokumentiert. Des weiteren kann ein LSD-Trip wie jede andere halluzinogene Droge latent vorhandene Psychosen auslösen, die manchmal irreversibel sind.
Ein Tipp für alle Eltern, die den Kauf dieses Buches als Drogenaufklärungsliteratur für ihre Kinder in Erwägung ziehen: Lassen Sie's sein. Erzählen sie keine Lügen über Drogen. Das machts nicht besser.
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am 14. Juni 2000
The reviews I've read almost unanimously give this book 5 stars. Generally they cite it's horrific realism about the depravity of junkies and how terribly close to home it comes as well as it's excellent writing. I've given this book 2 stars for several reasons. First I think her naivete about drugs (and many other things) is ridiculously unrealistic for a 15 year old, she seems more like an 11 or 12 year old. I know this. I'm 16 and no one I know is that naive. One would presume that the drug culture prevalent during Alice's teen years would make nearly everyone more aware than Alice supposedly is in the book. Second the character is awfully hard to pity. You want to pity her but she's too goddam stupid. She unknowingly takes the acid in the coke ("It was fun! It was glorious! But I don't think I'll ever try it again. I've heard too many frightening stories about drugs."). Then she decides to try pot. Then speed. Then torpedoes (crack and marijuana). All in one week. Allegedly she doesn't think she's in a little deep. Somehow I just don't buy into this character. Finally I object to this book because it's a new twist on an old book. Namely, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. He is one of the most gifted writers in recent times and in his book he portrays a junkie's depravity more vividly and generally far better than Go Ask Alice. One can very succinctly sum up both books with one paragraph from Burrough's Introduction. "In the words of total need: 'Wouldn't You?' Yes you would. You would lie, cheat, inform on your friends, steal, do anything to satisfy total need." So anyway, while Go Ask Alice isn't without worth I'd recommend you read Naked Lunch then Go Ask Alice because Naked Lunch is a far better book with a broader theme as it deals with addiction not just to chemicals but to other drugs in our society (i.e. power, materialism, etc.)
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am 12. November 2011
Ich muss der untenstehenden Rezension von Thomas Obrecht vollinhaltlich rechtgeben: dieses Machwerk ist offensichtlich frei erfunden und völlig realitätsfremd. Der Autor verfolgt offenbar die Ideologie, dass Drogen so böse sind, dass es notwendig ist, Lügenmärchen über sie zu verbreiten, um die Jugend vor ihnen zu schützen. Ich halte diese Ideologie für verlogen, gefährlich und kontraproduktiv; die Jugend muss vielmehr von den Lügen, die in diesem Machwerk verbreitet werden geschützt werden. Drogen sind gefährlich, keine Frage; aber gerade deshalb tut eine ehrliche und objektive Aufklärung not. Daher die schlechtestmögliche Wertung für dieses Buch.
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am 20. November 1998
As a teenager, I read "Go Ask Alice", believing that it was the diary of a real girl who was experimenting with drugs. And anyone who reads the book in the "bits and pieces" method, rather than in one long session, will continue to believe that this is a "real" diary. Woe to anyone who begins to examine the "facts", because they are about to become more disillusioned than any drug-addled kids in the entire book.
First of all, this diary is supposed to cover a time period of approximately one year. If one were to make a list of every single "disaster" and tragedy that happens in the space of this year, it would be ridiculous. Really, even "Melrose Place" doesn't get THAT dramatic. But the dead giveaway that the diary is a fake comes when our heroine, the "Alice" of the book, UNKNOWINGLY takes a drug because someone slipped LSD in her drink. After all, we KNOW that nice middle-class white females don't take drugs willingly for the first time. Doesn't this whole scene just scream "ABC Afterschool Special"? Keep in mind, also, that this book was published in the days when stories that portrayed "nice" girls having sex would "punish" them with pregnancy. If this were one of those YA novels, one of 2 things would happen: the girl would instantly die of an overdose, or she would get a "reefer madness" attack and become a druggie. Without missing a beat, "Alice" opts for the latter and much like a kid in a candy store, our heroine immediately goes wild with every drug on the planet. Suddenly, everything makes her hallucinate, even a mild narcotic like marijuana. Possibly the most offensively stereotypical moment is the point in the novel where "Alice" discovers her drug-dealer boyfriend with the suspiciously low sex drive is in fact, homosexual (so THAT'S WHY he's evil!). With this, she immediately berates herself for "peddling drugs for a low-class queer" although she had no problem selling hits of acid to (get this) 9- and 10-year-olds on the playground BEFORE SHE KNEW HE WAS A HOMO. A rather "conservative" view of sex from a drugged-out hippie, no?
There are numerous inconsistencies in the book, as well as just an eerie generic feeling, since we don't get very much basic information about this girl, such as her favorite colors, pets, hobbies, etc. To the author's credit, the voice of the "girl" is often very touching and starkly honest. However, one gets the definite feeling that the "girl" is a mere composite, a conglomeration of interviews with several teenage runaways, dropouts, druggies, mental patients, etc. Why? Again, the generic "Everygirl" descriptions of various events. For instance, "Alice" has a best friend named Chris who's her partner in crime and goes through many good and bad experiences with her. Yet, when the "bad" druggies are stereotypically harassing poor "Alice" because she's trying to stay straight, she remarks straight out of left field that "Chris is lucky, she moved to a new place where no one knew her." Huh? Her BEST FRIEND MOVES AWAY and even though she earlier cried over a friend who was going away to summer camp, Chris gets nothing more than a mere ASIDE? ("Oh, by the way, she moved."?!) THIS is supposed to be a real diary? Another example: "Alice" spends pages rhapsodizing about the "groovy" drug trips and the far-out colors she sees. But sex? A mere paragraph, and a nondescript, prudish one at that, sums up her feelings on the subject. One of the biggest experiences of a person's life is apparently nothing to "Alice". "I thought it would be like dogs humping, but it wasn't at all." Uh, yeah, that reads like a typical teenage diary. Whatever.
It should be noted that every bad thing that happens to "Alice" is because she either took drugs or someone slipped her a bad drug. "Alice" just can't win. The sheer camp factor alone makes the book entertaining, but the propaganda is annoying and obvious. If one were to read a novel about drugs and experimentation, it's better to read a book that tells the truth, instead of pretending that LSD leads to speed, pot, mescaline, etc. I would recommend "I Can Stop Anytime I Want" by James Trivers or "Less Than Zero" by Bret Easton Ellis. Read "Alice" for the entertainment value, but toss it on the Nancy "Just Say No" Reagan heap for the actual information value.
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am 17. Februar 1998
This book was first published in 1971 and I read it in 1974, when I was 12. I've kept the book all these years and recently pulled it down off the shelf and re-read it. Now I wonder why its been sitting around gathering dust; I should have dumped it back when I was 12.
As an adolescent, this book presented an oftentimes scary introduction to the drug culture, especially for a 12-year old who had never been exposed to "the scene". The front cover claims it is "a real diary". After reading the book again at 35 and, especially, after having done the drugs that "Alice" writes about, I realize what an incredible piece of propaganda it really was/is. "Smoke a joint and the next thing you'll know, you'll be doing heroin." "Take acid, and you'll wind up in a mental ward just like Alice." Why not tell the truth? "Smoke a joint, and you'll probably raid the refrigerator and veg out in front of the television." Nothing more. You won't have an uncontrollable urge to suddenly stick a needle in your vein, and I sure didn't have a burning curiosity to try something bigger/better/faster/more.
Its true that drugs can tear your life apart. They can cost you your self-respect, your job, your house, even your freedom. But my experience has been that some drugs can be done responsibly, leaving you with good feelings and life-altering insights. I have a thirteen year old son, and I have honestly shared my drug history with him. (None of this "I never inhaled" nonsense) That history includes marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens. I haven't done pharmaceuticals in years (wouldn't even know where to look for 'em these days) but I gave my son the truth: here's what drugs do to you; they feel this way; this is what's bad, and this is what's good about them.
I think all parents owe that to their kids: the truth. And that's what is missing in this book: an honest account of drugs and their effects on your self, your life, your soul. Instead, you are handed a patronizing "true story" from the publisher. Don't believe it! (I'll bet they never inhaled, either.)
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am 12. Juli 2000
Literature for children should help "protect them fromthe knowledge that they live in a world of death, violence and wounds"... at least that is according to C.S. Lewis. If you believe that, then you just may be the king or queen from Narnia; you certainly don't live in, or have much knowledge of today's literature for children and teens.
The diary of a young girl who unsuspectingly is introducted to LSD says "It was glorious", but we later hear her say, "the garbage that goes with drugs makes the price too god-dammed high for anyone to pay." Those two quotations helps us understand and reveal an adolescent's struggle toward maturity.
The content of the book is unpleasant, the language can be crude and the experiences horrifying, yet because of that this is a must read for teenagers and their parents. The book offers no solutions.
When this book was published in 1971 (according to the Statistical Abstract of the US) there were 38000 rapes, 16000 murders, 2505 deaths from drug overdoses. In 1997 rapes more than doubled to 97500, murders increased to 21600 and accidential deaths from overdosage skyrocketed to 13923.
These aspects are around our homes and children. J.R.R. Tolkien once stated, "It does not pay to leave a dragon out of your claculations if you live near him." Our lives are filled with dragons, so we better be prepared. Some say this book is an extreme case, bit it's impact cannot be denied!
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am 13. Dezember 1998
Go Ask Alice Anonymous
Dare to walk the winding streets of a dark, solitary world. A world of horror. A world where, no mater what, you can't escape. From the busy hectic streets of San Francisco, to the terrifying under-worlds of Denver. A place where even a small, quiet community can change to a twisted, lonely nightmare. And the worst part is, that this world is real for many; and in this case, Alice. In the 1960's, a trend started to sweep the nation. Drugs. The lives of over one thousand people were seduced into that world and died that one year alone. Entering that dangerous world was a miracle to some. The only problem was that safe exiting was not always an option.
This true, harrowing story of a young girl of 15 depicts the life a drug addict must face every single day of one's life. Seen through the eyes of the addict. Alice was a girl with low self esteem and when she once got to a high point of her life, she decided to buy a diary so she could finally have something good to say. But when that 'something,'(a date with her long time crush), turns around, she starts to use the diary to help her through life. When she finds out that she will be moving, she becomes happy again. But who knew that fresh new start will turn out to make things worse. At first, her social life was cold and lonely until she finds someone she can lean on. Both of them become best friends. When that friend goes away for summer, she falls over and no longer has someone to lean on. So she goes to visit her grand-mother in her old town where she used to live. There, she finally becomes accepted by the "cool" crowd when they invite her to a small party. When she gets there, she starts sipping her drink when she figures out it had LSD in it, (a type of drug). And so starts the legacy. She swore it would never happen again, but it did. But this time, stronger stuff. On one 'high,' she goes so far as to loose her virginity. She swore it was over. But once you're in the world of drugs, you can't get out. She decides to go home but it doesn't end there. When she gets a job at a department store and meets a great friend. But together, they start to depend on drugs. On a 'high' at 4:30 am, they catch a ride to San Francisco and are pulled in even more by drugs. They get jobs where one of the girl's boss' rapes them so they decide to open up their own shop. They become a small success and swear to stay of drugs. Then they decide to go home. They phone their parents and they have a new start. But can they stay away? Will they be aloud to stay away? Because when you betray the others you used to relate to, they won't let you here the last of it. Enter her terrifying world. You will never forget it.
The main conflict is the lives of drug addicts and the world around them is when they cross paths. Can they seduce you as well? You may think that it'll never happen to you, but don't be sure. Alice states that drugs bring you into a miracle world. But when you come back to the real world, when you get of your 'high,' it's worse than the problem that you were trying to originally escape. Family's brake apart, friend's drift away, you become alone. The conflict is real, and worst than any other you have other seen or faced
My favorite characters were her real supporters. Her real friends and love ones. The ones that helped her through the rough times. The ones who never left her side. Because they're the only ones who can help. And they're the ones you need. The problem is when you don't have the ones like that.
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am 14. März 2000
I don't believe a word of this book is true. It's like Jacqueline Sussann ghostwriting Judy Blume. As we follow the narrator's perilous slide into drugs, her recovery, her next perilous slide, her next recovery and so on, I'm left wondering how anyone can believe this ridiculous nonsense. As camp, it's kind of fun, but I'd have to be pretty deep into some wonky religion before I believed that any of these goings-on are even plausible.
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am 18. April 1999
I think the book/diary,"Go Ask Alice" was good. After ending it i changed the way i think about drug and drug use. Alice was a young girl who started to hangout with the wrong people. Must people that do drugs say that I won't hurt you but everyday kids are dying of drug overdose and many other things. Knowing that this book wasn't written and that it was some young girls thoughs really got to me. i think that after kids read this book they will change the way they think of what they are doing and what they are putting in their body's. Alice was just like many kids i know, she didn't hang out with the wrong people and no one would think that someone like that would get into drugs and drinking, but everyone is going to be ask to do things that they know that they shouldn't but some people, like alice didn't know the first time they did drugs because someone at a party put something in their drink and this is how girl and guys are getting kill everyday from people like that. I just know that i will get my own drinks and food. That is why everyone should be talking about this because if they aren't and they don't know what they are getting into their life could go down a dark hole and never beable to get out into the light. i will tell as many people about this book because i think that kids in any grade should know what can happen. As i read the part about Alice going to schools and selling drugs to kids around the age 9 got to me because those kids don't know what to do and could kill them self by a drug overdose as fast as anyone else, maybe first because they don't know what they are doing. As i finsh these letter i will like to ask if anyone know about anymore books/diary of kids like this. thank you Annie
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am 16. Dezember 1999
This book was a real page turner for me, which is incredible because very few books have ever been that way for me. It was wonderful and my heart felt every word of it. That's because I can relate to basically everything in it, well-all but running away. I have done drugs-not all of the hard ones-and I have gone through counsuling (for alcoholism, drug use, and severe depression), so I can feel pretty much everything that "Anonymous" does and has to deal with.
I have only read on other book that was like this one--in diary form. That book was Anne Frank, which I also loved. I think that both of these books have such a great way of drawing you in. I don't know how they do it, but they make you feel as though you are there with them experiencing everything when they do.
The way that she wrote this book/diary makes you feel as though you are a part of the story. She has a way of putting everything so bluntly, but having it not be boring at the same time. For Example, she just comes right out and says how good sex with Richie is, but she also shows you how she feels. "Richie is so good, good, good to me and sex with him is like lighting and rainbows and springtime." She also describes the setting in a unique yet wonderful way-short, but sweet. "We are in San Francisco, in a dirty smelling and stifling one room apartment." With that you start getting an idea and then she gives you the whole picture and makes you feel it, "Everything always feels clammy and damp here. There is even a green type of fungus mold growing in the closet..." She doesn't tell you too much, but at the same time I can still feel as though I'm right there.
The plot is also very good. It always keeps you wondering where she is going to go and what she is going to do next. She starts at home, moves with her family, stays with her grandparents for a while, runs away, comes back home, and the book keeps going after all of that. You won't believe where and when it ends.
I really did like this book because it was like I was reading about myself. I saw where I had been and what I had done and then I saw where I could have been. It scared me to tell you the truth and I was very greatful that someone did step in when they did so I didn't end up like Alice. Now to the adverage person--especially teens-I think they would really like this book because most can relate themselves to the book or at least one of their friends or family members. Especially in todays world where drugs are so common and everyone just dismisses sex like pennies on the ground. There are some who may not like this book for whatever reason, most likly because they don't relate to it, but those are the few and unique ones. If you are even considering to read this book, I say give it a try. You can always put it down if you don't like it, but if you have ever sat and wondered or just thought about drugs at anytime I would read this book. It give you a whole new out look on your family, love, sex, friends, drugs, and overall life.
This book is for any and everyone, so what are you waiting for...Give it a try!
**This would be a great thing to give to someone you know that is dealing with the same things and you don't know quite how to help. This book could really set someone straight.
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