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Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and ...
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.
An electric piece of work that takes off like a screaming rocket about the world of drugs in Las Vegas.
Posted April 5, 2012
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.
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Posted September 23, 2011
... 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!
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Posted April 17, 2008
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.
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Posted January 3, 2000
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.
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Posted January 23, 2014
Fear and Loathing
Hunter S. Thompson defines the true definition of drug induced fear and paranoia in his 204 page long “gonzo journalism” novel entitled Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This wicked drug induced haze pushes the limits from cover to cover while solidifying and taking Thompson’s “gonzo journalism” style of writing to a whole new level. The book itself , riddled with controversially horrific pictures, displays the culture of the 1960s from a perspective never before seen. This novel was published after Thompson’s novel, Hell’s Angels, and did not disappoint the expecting fans. The Crawford Wood’s quote from the New York Times defines the novel as "a custom-crafted study of paranoia..” . This being one of the first positive reviews of Thompson’s novel; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas become the benchmark in American literature it is today.
The novel begins as Hunter S. Thompson, disguised as the journalist Raoul Duke, recovers from a hallucinogenic trip as he speeds towards the “American Dream” that awaits him and Dr. Gonzo, his attorney and counterpart. Raoul is assigned the task to report a famous motorcycle race, centered in Las Vegas. His path is quickly altered by his “kit” of recreational drugs that shockingly transforms the focus of the novel into an insane ride of trips, fear, and loathing. During which they dangerously explore the “ins and outs” of 1970’s American culture. This acts as Raoul and his attorney’s attempt to free themselves from the reality and hardships of man.
Thompson is purposely elusive on proclaiming the identities of the protagonists of the novel. The main character, Raoul Duke, is believed to be a disguise for Thompson, and his attorney. Dr. Gonzo, is referred to as “my attorney” throughout the novel while only revealing his name on sparing occasions. Raoul is both the main character and the narrator of many of Thompson’s books. He is depicted as a distrusting character whose daily life consists of constant intoxication and drug abuse, he portrayals Hunter Thompson’s alter-ego. However, Raoul is nothing without Dr. Gonzo, “Raoul Duke without Dr. Gonzo is unthinkable” , he serves as the ever necessary companion to Raoul.
Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo begin their journey into “the belly of the beast” on their way to the Mint 400 motorcycle race in which they are assumed to report on the events of the race. The pair soon become deranged and vear from their intended path, illegally acquiring all their possessions and soon trashing the better of them. Their possessions include their red Convertible, hotel room, drugs and money; all conned off numerous oblivious Americans. Through the occurrence of these events the two become massively demented, and after surviving massive waves of paranoia they add to their growing list of felonies by illegally acquiring a room at the hotel known as the “Flamingo”. Procuring a new white Convertible as they attend the “National District Attorneys Association's Conference on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs“. Pushing their demented adventures to a close, the two narrowly escape numerous accusations and Dr. Gonzo catches a flight out of Las Vegas, soon followed by Raoul Duke. When he finally arrives in Denver, he continues his daily use of drugs and alcohol when finally arriving in Denver.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas held my attention from cover to cover as the grotesque and vulgar story unfolded. The culture of the 1970s is represented perfectly as Thompson informs the reader of the political standpoints of America at the time. The average American male is flawlessly depicted , through Thompson’s imitation of the ever growing ignorance in the society at the time. Thompson’s critique of the government through the representation of the police department presents us with evidence of the many ways in which the American government and legal system is flawed. Thompson refers to police officers as “swine” several times throughout the novel and explains the flaws of “the system” through his narrative tangents. Including a portion narrated by Raoul Duke where his neighbor is sent to jail on the basis of nothing, and how poorly he was treated. The only aspect of the novel that some may see as a flaw is the lack of a clear narrative and constant hallucinations that leaves the reader unclear as to whether what is happening is real or only imagined. Although, this applies to Thompson's style of writing and made this extraordinary stunning novel ever more enjoyable.
Posted November 30, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2013
I had heard a lot about this book and decided to finally read it. I can appreciate the author's imagination and creativity in writing this book, but I did not find it interesting. At times I kept asking myself how did they end up here now? Not for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2013
Posted April 11, 2013
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas By Hunter S. Thompson
This was not on my to read list this month but my son wanted to watch the movie so I had to step it up. I did watch the movie directly following and found it to stay fairly true to the book.
I thought I would have a difficult time getting throught this given that I had heard stream of conscienceness in reference to the book. I do not do well with those. However Ulysses this is not so I sped right through the short 200 pages.
The novel unfolds in the deserts on some amazingly wild rides. Roaul Duke and his lawyer Dr. Gonzo speed throught the deserts picking up stray hitch hikers and avoiding many other, "hazards" on their trip, many self-induced. They have a cache of every major illegal drug they can get their hands on. They are in search of, "The American Dream" does it exist in these times? These times being the 1960's and beginning of 1970's. It must somewhere and they are going to find it but first, pass the ether would ya?
Gonzo Journalism is a term penned by Hunter S. Thompson and is used in this novel. The melding of fiction and fact. The character Roaul Duke calls himself a doctor of journalism and his lawyer is Dr. Gonzo. Did Mr. Thompson go on a trip to cover the Mint 400 with his lawyer, yes indeed he did. Was there a drug fueled, hallucination filled, hotel room destroying good time had? Maybe, that is an argument for the ages.
Posted July 27, 2012
I discovered this book in 1974 when I was in tenth grade, and while it did not change my life, it changed how I wrote--for the worse. In spite of that, and in spite of all the wannabe Thompson clones, this is still a classic book.
Thompson and Tom Wolfe are credit with the "New Journalism" but Thompson was the one, in my mind, who warped the genre into something worth trying to emulate. As a kid, this was drug porn. Rereading as an adult I found it goes much further, and is much darker than I realized. This is not a druggies dream, it is a nightmare, and as such stands as a classic.
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Posted July 27, 2012
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Posted May 9, 2012
I am a fan of Hunter S. Thompson and loved the movie Fear and Loathing. This book brought me into the acid craze and mescaline binge.
He writes poetically even under the influence of multiple layers of illicit drugs.
Posted March 7, 2012
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.
Posted March 7, 2012
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Posted January 13, 2012
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.