First published in 1922, "Diary of a Drug Fiend" was Aleister Crowley's first book. It is a fiction novel which Crowley claimed was based more than heavily upon truth. The book tells the story of two addicts--well, it does more than that. It takes the reader on a brutal, insightful ride through the flight, crash, and recovery of two characters brought fully to life by Crowley's impressive writing style. The book is almost a Thelemic boy-scout manual, due to its deep philosophical and psychological dives into Crowley's unique--very possibly genius--views on drugs, society, and the powers of the human mind. On the other side, it is a formidable work of early twentieth-century culture, and I wouldn't recommend that any fan of logic, magick, literature, or myth pass this one up. Nuh-uh. No way.

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