Dr. Thompson made the list of inspirational scribes when I polled in a recent writing workshop, and why not? Back in a spiffy Modern Library edition, replete with additional essays, I find in this iconographic work that HST both invoked--and provoked--an era that was not so much the '60s proper, but rather the mean, shadow-filled death of that time, which is still playing out. Thank God Thompson was there to explode the myth of "objective" journalism and help pave the way for the pens and voices that followed.
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.
The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono (1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).
Excellent book. Hunter Thompsons eccentric & paranoid mindset will leave you in tears. Every page is filled with classic quotes and amazing detail.Published on Oct. 4 2010 by Cable
of the simple fact that it involved drug abuse and that was something that excited me very much at that time (that was sophomore year in high school, I'm a senior now) but I... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by "moksha69"
Though I wasn't around for its inital debut, I am still aware of the impact Fear and Loathing has had on anyone who cared to listen. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by jackthetripper
Very wild and crazy book. Very funny and yet very sick, it is sad how a someone can inflict so much horror to oneself, that is what makes it worth reading. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by yessca
this novel is one of thosee drugged-out journeys full of angst and halucination. someone told me that i missed the deeper meaning about the journey but i don't know. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Jared M. Thomasson
Criterion has cranked out another winner. The Depp interviews are captivating and seeing Hunter Himself is worth the price of admission alone. Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by Amazon Customer
Thompson possesses a magical way with words, and his writing style is a pure pleasure to read. Incredibly funny and surprisingly poetic and insightful; Hunter waxes on elegantly,... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by "stridemachine"
Fear and loathing is a wild road trip to and from and then to Las Vegas again. It is an excellent introduction to the writings of Hunter S. Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by Jack