The Curse of Lono Hardcover – Oct 1 2005
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Hunter S. Thompson died February 2005.
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I'd heard the book described as kind of a sequel to Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, as Hunter covers the 1980 Honolulu Marathon. It starts off good as a great article for Runner magazine, but once the marathon is over it just degenerates.
If you're a fan of Ralph Steadman there's plenty of great art work for you.
Hunter's first book, The Rum Diary, (a good solid piece of writing for a 1st novel) was written when he was 22 but was unable to get it published until 1998 when he was HUNTER S. THOMPSON. That's the thing once you're famous you can get any piece of crap published as art, and that's what The Curse of Lono is. A miss-mash of random adventures that while well written as only Hunter could, just don't amount to anything, certainly not holding a candle to style of Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, or even The Rum Diary.
Strictly for diehard Hunter S. Thompson fans.
If you can get your hands on a copy, I would rank the writing among his best work in the fictional/gonzo genre. He actually wrote this saga after two visits to Hawaii. The marathon coverage is brilliant. The characters, including his own wife, are bigger-than-life and funny as hell. The transition from a reporter covering a marathon to a man having a vacation with his wife and friends really has to be studied to be appreciated. The slow but inevitable decent from humour to insanity is captivating, witty and enormously funny. When Thompson was motivated to make himself laugh, he did a great job.
This was one of the books that he had friends reading aloud to him in his kitchen prior to his suicide. I do not rate Lono his best work, especially not when you know this author was capable of the kind of gritty realism that he lashed together in books like Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, but it is a true gem. You cannot appreciate Hunter Thompson's late-life writing style without it.
"The Curse of Lono" made me laugh so hard that tears filled my eyes. Hunter S. Thompson was paid to cover a marathon race by Rolling Stone or some other magazine. While the race is the usual bore, the antics of the journalist are not. Having drunk gallons of beer and liquor and consumed various illegal drugs, Thompson and his traveling companion sit at the edge of the race and jeer on the racers. "He fatso. What's wrong? That hill is too steep for you?"
Flying on a jumbo jet to the race in Hawaii Thompson gets his arm stuck in a chemical toilet. He put his hand down there because his marijuana, cocaïne, or whatever falls into the toilet bowl. When he comes out of the head his arm and his shirt and stained bright blue. The airliner's crew know at once what has happened.
The funniest part of the book to me is what happens when Thompson goes fishing. The captain of the boat drinks a quart of vodka and then takes some mescaline or some other hallucinogenic drug. A the boat bobs precariously close to the cliffs along the island the captain lets go of the anchor line and it falls overboard. The captain then dons scuba gear in his tripping, hallucinating state and dives overboard to retrieve it. As Hunter S. Thompson puts it, "No self-respecting captain would return to port without his anchor" for fear of being laughed at.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A little too similar to previous works by Hunter S Thompson, but without the colourful banter. Hunter S Thompson fans need only apply.Published 13 months ago by Spaceweasels
Classic insanity that only Thompson can pull off. Thank you to whoever finally made it available again!!Published 19 months ago by Michael Smith
i was extremely pleased with my purchase. I had been looking for this book for months and could only find incredibly overpriced versions . Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2012 by sjc9991
Another hit by Thompson. If you don't get enough from the name or the assurances of fellow fans, you probably should start on other Thompson, not here.Published on July 29 2000 by Jacob Blair
Prior to reading this book, I had dismissed the author as someone who just got loaded and made up a bunch of stuff. Read morePublished on June 22 1998
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