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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream Paperback – May 12 1998
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Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its 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 amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.
On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998.
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For the price, it's interesting to have a trade paperback version of this novel, to re-read, on long, Winter nights, back @ your home, where the buffalo roam...;-)
B/T/W sorry Hunter, but there is--as you obliquely deny, in one of the latter chapters--someone, some thing looking after, or somehow monitoring life (& I use the word loosely) on Planet Earth...No, really...;-)
The Quality of the book I received was excellent, and though it slightly used, it just looks old, not torn or destroyed and since this book was published in 1971, I, personally, would rather have something closer to a first edition. All the pages were there and there were no markings.
It is about the American Dream©. How can millions of people share one dream? Is it tangible? Huntable?
How much can a dream deviate before it becomes a nightmare?
Provocative and revolutionary.
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