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5.0 out of 5 stars God of Gonzo!
I have been strangely influenced by this man since first picking up _Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas_ in my early teens. I grew up sheltered as a farm boy, and HST introduced me in a very tangible way to the dark underbelly of Americana. By the time David Lynch's film came along, I was no longer shocked by the whole rotten, weird world they portrayed. _Hell's Angels_ is...
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by D. Koepsell
3.0 out of 5 stars On Jackets, Hard Work, and Jann
As a big fan of Hunter's I especially enjoyed Volume I in this series, I found this edition much less satisfying. The problems with it lie chiefly in editor Brinkley's selection of material and his approach to assembling it. Thompson's laundry list likely makes more compelling reading than many scribes' magnum opuses (opii? opum?), it's true, but too many of the pieces...
Published on Nov. 27 2001 by Uncle Mike
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God of Gonzo!,
This review is from: Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Paperback)I have been strangely influenced by this man since first picking up _Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas_ in my early teens. I grew up sheltered as a farm boy, and HST introduced me in a very tangible way to the dark underbelly of Americana. By the time David Lynch's film came along, I was no longer shocked by the whole rotten, weird world they portrayed. _Hell's Angels_ is a brilliant piece of documentary book writing and sociology as well as incisive commentary about our culture. HST, despite his rampant debauchery and drug use, is one of the clearest political thinkers out there. He was right about Vietnam before anyone listened. He was on to Nixon and his crooked cronies long before anyone cared. I have yearned in these strange and treacherous times for more clear criticism, for some explanation, for some straight-talking about the sick and twisted nest of snakes that's holed-up in Washington now... but, pending that, this book will do nicely.
HST's correspondence shows the near-manic nature of his affair with written words. This collection gives us a picture of how he tosses off notes to friends and enemies alike, bantering, raving, ranting mainly to himself as a part of the process of sorting out his works-in-progress. Reading this has made me mindful of the value of correspondence, and my relation to it. It is revelatory and insightful, fast-paced and fun. I recommend this to any HST fan who wants to learn more about the vague personality we seem to have only so far caught glimpses of through his collected works.
4.0 out of 5 stars I again can not think of a title,
This review is from: Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Paperback)Fear and Loathing in America is mainly for hardcore fans or people who after reading Fear and loathing in Las Vegas wanted to know what Thompson is really like and if all the strange myths and terrible legends they heard about Thompson are true or not, I myself am a big fan of Thompson and I enjoy this book quite a lot, I did not like it at the beginning, for two months is stood their on my bookshelf and one day, I gave it another go and I loved it, I was so surprised at how much I liked it, these days, I pick it up to a random page and read it. Long live Dr. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the funniest reading ever...,
This review is from: Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Paperback)...'course you'll have to work for it. This is a massive book that in my opinion isn't meant to be plowed through, but rather enjoyed from time to time.
A complition of his letters written over a decade or so (during his rise from a relatively obscure journalist/writer to cult hero) most every letter is interesting in one way or another, some are so funny that you'll be laughing about them for days.
HST's humor is unmatched in my opinion by any writer I've read. This book is an extraordinarily private, very insightful, often hilarious glimpse into one of America's most interesting social figures.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in the Heartland,
This review is from: Fear And Loathing In America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Hardcover)When I started to read this book - I must admit, I was disappointed. Having read everything that Hunter Thompson had written, I was a lttle under whelmed at first. However, I started to warm to the book as the years ran by. I could picture the events described in his letters - the Vegas book, the 72 campaign trail, fall of Viet Nam, the fall of Richard Nixon thru his eyes - it brought back my own memories of the events. In the end, the Gonzo style of prose took over and I found myself devouring the book in big chunks. For anyone who wants to remember the crazy, wild times of the late 60's - mid 70's, there isn't a better book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required high school reading,
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This review is from: Fear And Loathing In America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Hardcover)This is the most thorough account of the up to date mind of the outlaw journalist Hunter S. Thompson. After searching around in the Journalism section for pure leisure, I spotted, removed from the shelf, and bought this book for no reason but pure attraction. I read the back of it and I liked the reviews -- I read some letter's and couldn't get myself to put it back on the shelf, just coudn't. This was no more than 7 months ago, and now I have all this mans books on my desk -- all I have read, and all I have praised.
The energy Thompson portrays in his letters gives most (if not all) of his readers strong adrenaline. He inspires, and therefore is a true poet. He never dissappoints or bores me, or anyone for that matter, when he has something to say. I find myself reading his words to wake up, to get new ideas (for my own writing), and to think as far out of "the box" as I can. He is the only human being that gets crazier and more energetic the older he gets. It's as if "he's trapped inside the body of a teenage girl," as said at the end of Kingdom of Fear. Very interesting....
I hope, as many people hope, that this is truly a TRILOGY of letters -- I'll get one hell-of-an adrenaline rush when I find out that the Vol. 3: Gonzo letters, will be in bookstores soon. Jesus! Even thinking about it makes me feel The Rush.
Those Sunday nights that I spend writing until the early morning hours of Monday morning ... waiting patiently for the new Hey Rube column on ESPN -- what would life be worth without passion, entertainment, and joy. Some people refer to it as "Hell," ...and that's probably as accurate as it can be without irrelevant connotations being risen.
I recomend this book to any Thompson fan, literary junkie, and for those people who need a good laugh to keep sanity in check.
5.0 out of 5 stars fear and loathing in las vegas,
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes choppy, but it is also brilliant like HST,
This review is from: Fear And Loathing In America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist (Hardcover)Hunter S. Thompson's book here is really a collection of letters he wrote to various people, some in the literary business, to friends, family, some fans, etc. On how much you like the book depends on how you follow the letters' paths, but Thompson die hards (like myself) will find some interest here, in particular with his correspondence with Oscar "Dr. Gonzo" Zeta-Acosta with his letters also included making their segments worth the buy alone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters from the Doctor,
4.0 out of 5 stars insight into some of americas most interesting years,
unfortunately it lacks the impact of the first volume. thompson slips into his angry self over wenner's fumbles with thompson in vietnam. thompson bickers back and forth with acosta. while in some spots it gets a bit tiresome, and you wish you had more insight into the watergate hearings, a gem like a letter from jimmy carter will come across and you'll smile.
reccomended for the thompson-of-the-70's fan, back when RS was at its prime and thompson was heading into oblivion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Enshrined!,
1. Example of linguistic diarrhea ever committed to paper.
2. Argument FOR drug control laws ever written.
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