Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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,...more
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Or was it just the GR monster, munching away, like a moth, holes here, holes there and you don't find them until you actually go looking?
Hello.. there's Hunter S Thompson staring out from the page. He is wearing what can only be described as a three-tone patch-work denim shirt, and old-sko ...more
A gonzo journalist writing for sports editors hits the road on an assignment to Sin City with a trunk full of dangerous drugs that looked like a mobile police narcotics lab.
He had 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 (there's a movie out Rum diaries starring Jonny Depp out now what a ...more
Is this wisdom? Is it pure nonsense? Is it intelligent? Perhaps when it's occasionally intelligible. There are flashes of philosophy and poeticism...stoner philosophy and beat poeticism. Good for their day, necessary even, b ...more
is one of my favourite opening lines in literature. Two paragraphs later are the equally brilliant lines:
“I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.”
That whole opening narration sets the tone of chaos and comedy told in a perfect deadpan that defines this book.
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"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of ...more
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a masterpiece of paranoid monomania. Hunter S. Thompson and his lawyer in this quasi-fictionalized piece of memoir head off to Las Vegas in search of the American Dream. It’s an odyssey doomed to failure, and Thompson and his lawyer, the Samoan, are hell bent on enjoying that failure in one long ravenous drug-induced psychic meltdown.
Much of what goes on in this story is dependent on the reader buying into the absurdness of Thompson and his lawyer’s insane credu ...more
There are a couple of things I really liked about this book. For one, the atmosphere of open Western desert is to me one of the most alluring places you can find in America. It's that original sense of Manifest Destiny. It's barren and untamed and there's a part of e ...more
Invece di raccontarci la Mint 400 e la Conferenza Nazionale dei Procuratori Distrettuali su Sostanze Psicotrope e Droghe, Thompson tira fuori un pezzo di giornalismo mai visto prima, caratteriz ...more
There was nothing wrong with this book mind you, had I never seen the movie before I would've considered it a totally original experience. But between the amazing portrail by Johnny Depp (and Del Toro), and the brilliant directing work by Gilliam, and the fact that the movie is an amazingly accurate adaptation of the source material, I can't really see a reason to read the book, when you can immerse yourself i ...more
this book is everything i had hoped On the Road would be. a wild travel adventure with protagonists i would root for. they do disgusting, off the wall, unconscionable things, but they do it with such spirit that you can't help but laugh, over and over again.
a good ...more
Rick was a poser. I got that feeling even more from Thomps ...more
I remember the first time I read Alice in Wonderland I said to myself- Stepheny, what the hell did you just read? I was lost, confused and quite certain that the book was a random conglomeration of events that surely only someone heavily under the influence of multiple drugs could possibly understand. Well, I have come to the conclusion that Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is th ...more
The book is a satirical expose which resulted from failed attempts to cover the 1971 Mint 400 race and the National Attorneys Association ...more
The reader is entranced as a driver witnessing a bizarre car wreck, horrified but unable to turn away.
It reminds me alternatively of Why Are We in Vietnam?, A Confederacy of Dunces and in a strange way that is indescribable, A Clockwork Orange. It is about the American dream in a similar way that Mailer’s book is about Vietnam ...more
The book is written in a quite fluent style so I read it pretty quickly. The first part still made some sense, but the second part lacked it entirely.
I was only fascinated by one thing: how can anyone take that many drugs and still be able to do anythin ...more
Paranoia. To me, it feels like the perfect personification of 1970's America.
However, the decade before was an extreme 180 shift in collective perception as the counterculture era (or 'Flower Power') grasped America's youth. Psychedelia, recreational drug use, the hippie culture and more outward artistic expression held a more general acceptance within mainstream society. In other words, it was an attempt ...more
The wave speech is pretty much the highlight of this book. So if you're not into HST y ...more
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