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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
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May 10, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 02 to 10, 2011

reading the book after watching the movie may cause some troubles for some people, mainly because it cuts your imagination off. You've seen the actors portraying the characters and you get stuck on those mental images. On the other hand you seem to know how the story evolves and just lose interest.

Luckily, this hilarious book by Hunter S. Thompson worked for me even after watching the movie. I must admit the actors chosen for the movie and the images i remembered seem to be pretty faithfull to the book. it was like seeing the movie in my head again, but with more info and interesting thoughts about the political/cultural background or the drugs sub-world in America. The effects caused by the drugs at a given time are described in a vivid and relentless way, wich takes us to the movie, but add much more to it. But then again, it's been a while since I've seen the flick, so much of the story came by as a surprise. I think the movie is more of an images thing and only on the book you can perceive the story behind it all. The two artistic objects seem to complement eachother very well, but it is the book that gives you the access to that American Dream Hunter S. Thompson was so actively searching, and with a dose of humour that you didnt know if it was deliberate in the movie. It was.

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