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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the ne plus ultra of Hunter S. Thompson and the whole gonzo clan he spawned. Written in the lurid afterglow of the 1960s, Fear and Loathing is a loosely connected series of mad dashes across the desert, trashed hotel rooms, and goofs on the brutish, naïve, or merely unhip, perpetrated by Thompson and his mammoth Samoan attorney. The pair start out high on a medicine cabinet's worth of elixirs, powders, and pills, and stay that way for 200 pages. They careen through an unsettling landscape of paranoia and alienation, but that doesn't mean the book isn't a riot. Here's a small taste: "By this time, the drink was beginning to cut the acid and my hallucinations were down to a tolerable level. The room service waiter had a vaguely reptilian cast to his features, but I was no longer seeing huge pterodactyls lumbering around the corridors in pools of fresh blood."
Though somewhat dated (it appeared serially in Rolling Stone throughout November 1971), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a book of real vitality and Rabelaisian wit. A document of the counterculture after it was well past ripe and deep into rot, the book is a wild ride, a paranoid ramble that is thoroughly exhilarating and worth the trip. No pun intended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a scorching epochal sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more... "brilliant" and "outrageous"... and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.' Tom Wolfe 'What goes on in these pages makes Lenny Bruce seem angelic... the whole book boils down to a mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out.' New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
This book is not about drugs.
It is about the American Dream©. How can millions of people share one dream? Is it tangible? Huntable? Read more
The opening words still thrill me, even though they are terrifying and articulate an American nightmare. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Schwindt
Classic hunter s thompson...exactly what youd expect. Read the book after seeing the movie and believe me the movie doesnt do justice to this book at alllllll ! A. Must readPublished 16 months ago by audrey camirand
I'll never get tired of reading this timeless classic. I think this is my 3rd copy, read it once a year minimum.Published on Aug. 30 2013 by Funkmaster
Bought this book because of the Rum Diary, very diffrent. Movie is a greeat depiction, but there's always more in the book. Great read, exactly what I was looking for.Published on Feb. 21 2013 by Benjamin P. Roundell
The best book I've ever read, period. It makes the movie look like a brief summary of the events which took place and I would suggest anyone who watched the movie to read the book. Read morePublished on July 29 2012 by Pete
Thompson was one funny guy. Some of the anecdotes in "Fear and Loathing" are destructively hilarious. The bible of the drug counter-culture. Worthy of a read, that's for sure.Published on Dec 14 2007 by Benjamin Anderson
The good doctor may have reached the peak of his literary prowess with this book, at least in the sense that here he was willing to be his most funny and fun. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2007 by Bookophile