Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories Hardcover – Nov 26 1996
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Can't help but hear Johnny Depp's voice in my head when reading this. Great book and awesome movie.Published 1 month ago by Kevan
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
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
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