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The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Gonzo Love

    In the inaugural issue of the great writings of Gonzon himself, Gonzo Papers, Vol 1 The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time by American’s Quintessential Outlaw Journalist by Hunter S. Thompson.
    This book transverses his writings from the classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to his days covering the fights of Ali and political campaigns.
    The writings are accompanied by commentary by Thompson, this is a great resource of anyone who is interested in understanding Gonzo writing at its best.
    This initial volume is much more structured the volumes that come afterwards.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Hunter comes out on top--film at eleven . . .

    Merely the latest in the long line of exceptionally talented goons who, because they are totally incompatiable with society and thus have been kicked out, are the only ones truly capable of writing about our society. Lucretius, Juvenal, Chaucer, Swift... the list is endless. The Great Shark Hunt is possibly the finest compendium of satire by a modern author, because, let's face it, proper Gonzo literature is fiction, and apparently that is the best way to tell the truth. Furthermore, it is journalism of the highest quality, that seems to relate an eyewitness account in the most hair-raising manner, and whose level of grammatical perfection is matched by few. That Thompson has gone over the top in attempting to outrage as many people as possible, is undeniable, but this collection reflects a time when such behaviour was outrageous maybe now we are indifferent, but The Great Shark Hunt should still be an inspiraton to us all. If you enjoyed ¿Katzenjammer: Soon to be a major motion picture¿ or the novel ¿Get Shorty,¿ then Thompson will be right up your alley. Great stuff. Finally, someone who ¿understands.¿

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Beyond the Drug Frenzie

    After reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, my first question was, "How to you get a sweet job like that?"

    The Great Shark Hunt answered that question; you write great articles. This is a montage of Thompson (mostly) pre-fear and loathing writing, and in it you can see he has chops. His essay on the L.A. Riots is a classic. One forgets Thompson was a sports writer, and as it turns out, a damn good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    BRILLANT TALES FROM A BRILLANT MAN!

    THIS BOOK BEATS FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS HANDS DOWN. HUNTER HAS GOT THE MOST INTERESTING OUTLOOK ON THINGS AND HIS WRITING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. EVERYTHING HE HAS PUT OUT IS WORTH READING.THE GUTS ON THIS GUY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    No holds barred political debauchery.

    For any looking for a clear, personal account of politics in the late sixties and seventies, along with a good bit of wholesome acid-laden fun, all they need to do is grab this book, grab a seat, cancel and obligations for the next week or so, and start reading.

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