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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories Hardcover – Nov 26 1996


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  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (Nov. 26 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679602313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679602316
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,657,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "superflykai" on July 27 2003
Format: Hardcover
Staring down into the ominous face of insanity and the unknown, Raoul Duke's "buy the ticket, take the ride" adventure complicates many readers, and paralyzes few. Looking for savagery, hailing the adventure of a pure journey, the tale of a journalist and his lawyer friend on a mission to find the heart of the American adventure constitutes "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: and Other American Stories." Hunter Thompson's finest work, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," originally published in separate pieces within Rolling Stone Magazine refers to the tie-in edition with the Terry Gilliam masterpiece rendition. The savage drug frenzy rages on from page to page never slowing, and constantly flowing.
The main thesis of this wild tale arises from Hunter Thompson's own alter ego, Raoul Duke. The constant ingestion of hallucinogenic drugs, the fine line between insanity or prison time, and in search of a good story on motor-cross cops at a drug convention, the writing seems fluid with ingenious idiom and hyperbole. The story nears completion as Raoul Duke's lawyer joins in on the action and uses his attained power and skills, turning Las Vegas upside down.
Whether the anecdote proceeds to defile itself through Raoul Duke's lack of respect for authority by checking into a hotel under false name, beating up the rental car to the point of "totaled," the subsequent firestorm from interactions with hitchhikers and minors, and the general debauchery of theft, harassment, and lack of respect for authority is pure beauty. Only Hunter Thompson, only a certain individual, only one of God's own children.
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A Very Interesting Book
Have you ever heard someone declare that they were living the American dream? This is perceived to be a laid back life where everything goes your way. During the reading of Fear and Loathing, Thompson proclaims to be living it, or maybe it was the drugs that made him escape from reality on the short journey to sin-city. Thompson's documented escapade to Las Vegas may leave D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. The story consists of Hunter Thompson with his Samoan attorney in a fresh and clean convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark," on their way to Las Vegas to cover a story. In their trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyl's," which they manage to consume during their short tour. That shows how crazy these two individuals must be. And get this; it is all a true story. The book was made from notes he had taken and recorded in a small recorder during his extraordinary adventure in sin-city.
The book was probably the most intriguing book that I have ever read. Throughout the whole
Literature he describes every moment in perfect detail. There never seemed to be a dull moment. Most scenes are centered round paranoia and sudation and at times hallucinations from all of the drugs they consumed while on their journey. I also enjoyed the book because through every escapade it felt like I was right there with him. I found myself looking forward to reading it; usually I don't enjoy reading.
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This book (I can tell you from experience) is a very real account of what goes on in the life of a SMART full blown drug addict. I say smart because Hunter S. Thompson is an intelligent guy who knows enough to analyze what happens to himself when takes such drugs as mescaline and acid. He is able to put it down on paper and give you the stunning reality in such a way that you can feel Dr. Gonzo wave that knife in your face in a drug crazed frenzy. Some will say that the story is embellished, and they are just saying that because they have never lived life the same way as Thompson has. Nobody can describe in such grave detail the world of drug abuse without having done it. There is also a plot that lies in the story that others never saw. A plot that has nothing to do with drugs. This plot is about the greed that lies within the people of america today. If your not going to be too horrified by the drug abuse to see this grim reality that the book portrays, then you will see what I am talking about. The book is also about psychology and analyzes the mind and the way that people think, but says it in such a way as to be amusing for the reader.
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By Randy Keehn on Aug. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to rate this book lower than "4" but I realized that the writing was good and, for its' genre, it's somewhat of a classic. However, It really got old fast trying to figure out why I was still reading about an out of control, hedonistic, "journalist". I realize that there was an element of exageration in all this drunken rampage(at least I THINK there was). However, for what purpose? I have a respect for the writer that comes from enjoying his "Hells Angels" and "The Great Shark Hunt". There were certainly some wild parts in there as well but it was mixed with some really insightful (or is it inciteful) journalism. I have a feeling that Thompson saw his excesses as his success and was playing to his own audience in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". In that sense he too became an establishment figure. I just can't get excited about all this craziness anymore. I will give his "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" a try, though. If the old Hunter Thompson wrote that one then it should be quite a book.
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