- Hardcover: 283 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library (Nov. 26 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679602313
- ISBN-13: 978-0679602316
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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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.
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First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the final word on the highs and lows of that decade, one of the defining works of our time, and a stylistic and journalistic tour de force. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in The New York Times, it has "a kind of mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out."
This Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loath-
ing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Deca-
dent and Depraved." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
The collection presented by the Modern Library Editorial collective, also includes: Strange Rumblings in Aztlan and The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, both presenting Thompson's savage and honest wit in very horrifying and terrible circumstances. Throughout the readings, Englishman Ralph Steadman provides his satirical and freakish genius to support Thompson's writing... Steadman was also heard to be some freak of nature himself.
Thompson's experiences are seriously those of an outlaw, someone looking for trouble and then telling the story. Many journalists who are considered professional simply do not have the same established upbringing Thompson received as a young writer in Louisville. A criminal, a free spirit, a military background with special accolades for his writing... shape a unique individual to fit no certain mold, only to rely on his incomparable wit and forced prose. Thompson defined a generation of malcontents and idealistic individuals hell bent on the change of their world, while telling his own version of how he saw the story through his eyes.
HST is a genius. Period.
He is what makes the wild west the great place it is. His writings this book included are the Politically INcorrect brilliant thinking that we need more of.
Yes he drinks Wild Turkey and shoots guns (even indoors) but it is his fearless honesty in calling it like it is that is a national treasure.
His take on Nixon, Clinton and life in general makes him a man who marches to a different and honest drummer. If you get nothing else out of this book I hope you at least get some gutts to speak the truth and be more Libertarian minded.
Hunter S Thompson is the BEST damn writer around.And the fact he played a major role in challenging the establishment and shouting "The Emperor has no clothes" when Nixon was degrading the office of the Presidency and lying to us speaks volumes. The fact he sees Clinton as ranking with U S Grant and other ex-Presidents few remember should tell you that not everyone thinks the Clintons have done much for the country. Except keep the PC crowd at the NYTimes in business.
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