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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    One book that contains everything about freedom and chasing a dr

    One book that contains everything about freedom and chasing a dream metaphorically. Fear and loathing in las vegas contains excitement, extreme drug use, and a baseline for the "American Dream" Not only did the plot story strongly interest the reader, but the metaphoric ending contains truth and revelation.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Even if you've seen the movie...

    ... read the book. There are parts in here that were not put on the screen, and you get to be inside the head of R Duke. What better way to spend a few hours than to dance around the streets of Vegas while tripping your *** off. And besides, who better to tell the tale than Hunter? He has a wonderful way with words, and the scenes he paints jump off the page with vibrant color.

    Again, read this book even if you've seen the movie. It's a better ride. Just bring some golf shoes!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Pure Hunter S Thompson brilliance...

    This is the book that 'defined a generation', as many have put it. and after reading it i only wish i could have been there to experience the time Thompson is talking about. this piece of literature shows and describes everything you want to know about the dope decade in utter extravagance and is a shear testimony to the power of literature. the words are as precise and impenetrable as you could ever find and the ideas set forth provoke visions in the reader's mind that transcend anything that could be told to you by some one who was actually there. i'm not sure if i read a book or 204 pages of a man proving that you can talk about a psychedelic drug trip in a way that makes the reader feel like they are having the trip, themselves. this book dedicates itself to the idea and conviction that people can still write incredibly well and forces the reader to not only think about the time the literature is speaking of, but also their time and what they will do with it. 'Just another freak in the freak kingdom.' Thompson not only certifies this as true but also proves to the audience that he is not just a freak, but another genius in the realm of the written word and that nothing can take that reputation away from a person.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: An American Classic at its Best

    A fantastic book! Hunter S. Thompson has created a masterpiece that will go down in history as one of the best American Classics. Never before have I read anything like him. He is an original.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Great

    This book is short, bt very well written. The book starts off great and ends great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    f you have a big imagination than this book is for you. Hunter S

    f you have a big imagination than this book is for you. Hunter S Tompson does an incredible job of painting an image in you head with the way he describes his trip to Las Vegas. In Fear and Loathing  Hunter S Tompson goes under the aliest of Raoul Duke goes to Las Vegas with his attorny Dr. Gonzo to cover the Mint 400 race but instead goes on an intensive drug freenzy and starts looking for the "American Dream". This book will keep you on your toes the entire ride that this book creates.  "The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    My favorite book of his...

    Such a wild tale all told as if were true, which if you know anything about Hunter S. Thompson you can believe every twisted detail. Movie was also awesome.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    It was a one week road trip and Thompson packed two bags of gras

    It was a one week road trip and Thompson packed 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 multi-coloured uppers, downers, screamers, laughers and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of Rae ether and two dozen amyls. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    sheer brilliance. maddeningly funny. a must read for those who c

    sheer brilliance. maddeningly funny. a must read for those who crave the counterculture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    A classic

    I'd worn out my perback copy. Had to get it on my nook.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Good Stuff.

    Hunter S. Thompson's autobiographical story is so insane by today's standards that it is difficult to even imagine as a novel, much less be a piece of non-fiction work.

    Thompson's initial intentions of traveling to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race become only a side-story for the extreme adventures he and his "attorney" find themselves on with the help of a mix of drugs and heavy alcohol. Narrow escapes from the law and hotel managers only seem to fuel Thompson's desire to push his body's limits.

    Fear and Loathing's writing style reads somewhat like a conversation, as Thompson was able to write down his memories in a way that made them very true to the era. There is no shortage of 60's and 70's terminology, as well as references to many famous musicians and pop icons of the time.

    There are only two characters whose personalities are fully developed. Raoul Duke (Thompson's rendering of himself), and Dr. Gonzo, Duke's wing-man and attorney. Because of this, by the end of the book, I felt like I had a legitimate understanding of both men. Despite their recklessness, I found something to be admired. Duke and Gonzo are both full of an energy and passion for life that, it could be argued, could only be found in the youth of the 60's.

    The experimentation was, without argument, overboard; but that is to be expected when a generation comes along that is not content to see their lives pass without any mark of change in the pages of history.

    In telling his story, Hunter S. Thompson has, to some degree, been able to keep this generation alive, inspiring the youth of today to never accept things as they are without thought or consideration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Cheyenne

    Okey

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Pure Gonzo

    The seminal literary journalism class Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories by Hunter S. Thompson takes you into what makes gonzo journalism a journey into the psychedelic mind of Hunter S. Thompson.
    It began as an escape from a grueling story he was working on in California, the murder of Salzar. Raul Duke and the Samoan, Dr. Gonzo, journey into the heart of sin city Las Vegas in search of the death of the American dream.
    What they discover is the outer limits of decadence experienced through a drug laced lens. Thompson’s concept was to publish his random notes and taped conversation in a way that the reader could experience the first person view of this erroneous adventure.
    This book began as essay on a sports event but ended up capturing the discover a world untold. A wild ride that will have you grappling for more of the antics of the ideal anti-establishment individual who literally did it his way.
    This edition coincided with the release of the movie by the same name staring Johnny Depp. Seeing the movie recently, the book is much more edgy that what is experienced on the big screen.
    A quick read that will grab hold and take you an adventure that only Hunter S. Thompson could guide you through, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories is a must read classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Must read

    Read it, you'll see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Just read this

    Seriously, just read this.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Badass Classic

    This is a great underrated book that should be read! This is one of those excellently excuted written books that classrooms sadly shy away from. This book is a great down to earth read with the bizzare mixture of crazy amount of drugs thrown in the mixture.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    FANTASTIC!!!

    Everyone on the planet must read this book, it is absolutely fantastic! It is hilarious and every time you flip the page there is something new and strange that just draws you in. This book will grab you by your ears and take you for a hysterical journey into a mind set that is entirely different for most people. It is a must read book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

    Thompson's Masterpiece

    Beautifully written, brings up familiar feelings if you can relate to some of his feelings. I love it.

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