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Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,976 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Fear and Loathing creates a sharp and savvy profile of one of the most provocative voices and distinctive personalities of our time. To Hunter S. Thompson, being a Gonzo journalist means doing whatever it takes to get to the truth; everything from dropping acid with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the 60s, to participating in wild orgies and getting his nose broken w ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 19th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published 1992)
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Jun 25, 2013 5 rated it liked it
more satisfying as a whole than the "oral history" bio by Wenner et al, although less vivid in some ways... Everyone seems to think it was a tragic waste of talent, the way this guy just spent his time as a burnout, ripping editors off and rarely producing quality work... And there are some very ugly suggestions in one or another of these biographies, as to the truly dangerous psychological make-up of Dr Thompson. But everyone should be given the space and information to form their own conclusio ...more
Andoni
May 11, 2008 Andoni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Andoni by: Miss Kristy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


How many of us had dreamed with leaving everything and running away to live a life full of excess, cutting with your normal and ordinary life? Wouldn’t you like to stop the monotony of your every day life? Then “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is a book that you should read. The book can be the reflection of the life of more than one that left everything in search of the so called “American Dream”.
The uncertainty and locomotion that Hunter S. Thompson gives to this
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Katie2225
Jun 05, 2008 Katie2225 rated it liked it
While reading this book, I awoke to a ferret walking around on my bed.

I was not on drugs.

I was not dreaming.

I did not own a ferret.
Paul
Jan 21, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
Paul Perry's biography of Hunter gave me basically what I wanted: a relatively intimate look at the man's life. Spanning from his youth in Louisville, KY up through to 1990, it leaves some out (Like his death), but that can hardly be blamed on Perry since it was published in '92.

It reads well, splashed with anecdotes from the 100+ friends and colleagues Perry interviewed. One important part of this book is that it never dissolves into hero worship. Perry, who knew Hunter and was able to convinc
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Glen
Jul 04, 2015 Glen rated it really liked it
Perry's profile of Thompson, completed and published more than a decade before the journalist's death in 2005, is a much more likable read than its subject-matter. I have never been much of a Thompson fan and so I read this book in hopes of understanding what all the fuss is about. Perry does an admirable job of research and of mixing wild anecdote and legendary episodes alongside more banal details of the business of being a famous writer from whom much in the way of debauchery and excess is ex ...more
Hugh Ashton
Disappointing in some ways - it gives the story behind the story and de-Gonzos some of the best anecdotes, while attempting to explain some of the motivations that made HST what he was (a prisoner of his own legend). It was published in 1992, which means that the infamous Bill Clinton and french fry incident isn't mentioned, nor does it deal with HST's outrage against the Generation of Swine.

It does, however, (and this is natural, given the sources) spend a lot of time on the relationships betwe
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Amy M
Jun 17, 2008 Amy M rated it it was amazing
I am finished with the book and I didn't want to put it down. I am tried to savor every page. I had seen the movie with Johnny Depp and I must say that both he and Terry Gilliam really nailed this book on the head when adapting it to the movie! It's a fun read for sure! Thompson was one crazy guy!
Milly
Nov 03, 2015 Milly rated it it was amazing
I initially picked this bad boy up thinking it was THE bad boy, and was surely disappointed upon realizing it was a biography and since I don't or can't really do biographies, you can imagine my dilemma. Although it took me quite longer than expected, not the authors fault, but my own, it was a great read. Learned more than I would have liked from time to time about Hunter S. Thompson, but overall, this book really did do the job. Highly recommended... Especially for those who can't keep their h ...more
John
May 05, 2013 John added it
This book must have the most exciting, hilarious and appalling opening of almost any story. I thought that the Johnny Depp movie didn't live up to the book, when I saw the movie the first time. However, upon a second watch, I think it held up pretty well in comparison. The movie also reminded me of a cool line that Thompson says about how sitting his hotel room in Las Vegas after this drug filled weekend from hell in a hotel full of police, he almost thought he could see the highwater mark left ...more
Lynne Larkin
Sep 17, 2014 Lynne Larkin rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Basically Hunter Thompson was a selfish self centered asshole who took drugs in massive quantities drank like a fish and beat up his wife and girlfriends. If I had anything else to read I would have burned this crappy book.
I never liked Thompson's writing and now I dislike him as a person
Rob
Sep 17, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Paul Perry shows as much of HST's true nature as anyone may ever see. The reader can appreciate the genius of HST's writing gift, and see deep into the man's flaws. HST was the right man for his times, and those times were not always sunny and pretty. In fact HST, took us into the very dark and ugly places of American culture, and this book shows us what made him the right man for that journey. I don't know if I would have liked Mr. Thompson if I ever met him, but this book reveals how he made h ...more
Zeenat
Mar 10, 2008 Zeenat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hunter S. Thompson is the father of Gonzo journalism, which blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction in news writing. However, I found this book eye opening to the actual day to day existence of such a profound icon of modern America, and in his own right a leader of generations of non-conformist individuals.

Unlike other biographies that I have read, this is amusing, at times light hearted, and basically places you as Hunter's ghost, following his every move from childhood through his dru
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Adam Muir
May 17, 2016 Adam Muir rated it it was amazing
Exceptional
Ryan Thomas
Mar 17, 2013 Ryan Thomas rated it really liked it
The story behind this book is interesting. Essentially, Thompson screwed Perry by not writing a story he was supposed to, so Perry, to get back at Hunter, wrote this bio about him. I liked this better than Gonzo, because I found the tone and perspective weren't as "Thompson is God." It was well researched and easy to read.
Ron
Aug 07, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
I doubt that there will ever be a definitive biography of the great one, but this is a very entertaining portrait of the early life that formed the sensibilities of the greatest journalist of this or any other time. Essential reading for fans of Hunter or the truth.
furious
Feb 24, 2009 furious rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only obsessive HST completists
Shelves: mines, bio
if i had read this when i first heard about it (back in the 1990s), i may have liked it. but at this point, it really has nothing to offer. and some of what it does offer has since been discredited by numerous other sources. don't waste your time.
S.J. Pettersson
Mar 30, 2013 S.J. Pettersson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worn-spines
"The final crest of the wave, the high water mark". Oy vey...
Every time I see a big red shark on the road I get goosebumps...
Jim Schwitzer
Mar 22, 2008 Jim Schwitzer rated it liked it
This was a good start to learning about Thompson's life, but I would recommend the oral biography if you want a better history.
Lee
Oct 12, 2012 Lee rated it did not like it
i read this before i read anything by hunter s. thompson and it formed a negative view of him in my mind.
Paul
Apr 06, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it
Great book! I'm really enjoying reading this, it's humorous and moves along at a good pace.
Alicia
Nov 03, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it
Very over the top. Seemed well-researched, if not particularly well written. Interesting stories.
Lydia Gurevich
Sep 27, 2009 Lydia Gurevich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
One of the best -- if not THE best -- H. S. Thompson biographies ever written.
Ray (user2637)
Apr 01, 2016 Ray (user2637) rated it it was amazing
Love. Lovelovelove. The audiobook and the movie are good too.
Patti
Jan 14, 2010 Patti rated it it was ok
Apparently Hunter S Thompson was a complete jerk.
Matt
May 13, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Great Biography of Hunter S. while he was still alive.
Scott Hamilton
its abook i could read over again and still get lost in it
Jed Haldeman
May 09, 2007 Jed Haldeman rated it liked it
Shelves: quickbutengaging
A great compliment to all of HST's writings
Allieshae
May 20, 2012 Allieshae rated it really liked it
Interesting take on Hunter S. Thompson.
Monique
May 06, 2012 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story! Love H.S.T.
Robert Ross
Apr 04, 2008 Robert Ross rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Paul Perry is an author of a wide variety of subjects from near-death experiences to biographies of authors including Hunter S. Thompson. He is also a documentary film maker. Perry's writing and film making earned him a knighthood in the Royal Family of Portugal.

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