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One of the few books out there that literally made me laugh out loud As your lawyer, I advise you to read it. This is an excellent guidebook to surviving the straight world as a drug connoisseur A lot of people write this off as some sort of nonsense drug rant Those are usually the same sort of people Thompson is describing in the book Naive, sheltered, invested in the illusion of the American Dream I think part of the reason this book is underrated these days is because it s style has been poorly copied to death.I saw the movie a long time ago as an adolescent I was expecting something as diffic This is an excellent guidebook to surviving the straight world as a drug connoisseur A lot of people write this off as some sort of nonsense drug rant Those are usually the same sort of people Thompson is describing in the book Naive, sheltered, invested in the illusion of the American Dream I think part of the reason this book is underrated these days is because it s style has been poorly copied to death.I saw the movie a long time ago as an adolescent I was expecting something as difficult to follow as Naked Lunch I was surprised to find that this is one of the easiest books I ve read all year Thompson calls this book an epitaph to the 60 s It is appropriate as that He gets into the failures of Ginsberg, Leary, and Kesey The paranoia was real You re talking about a time when the president has declared war on drugs What does that mean exactly This is also a time when United States Army soldiers had massacred unarmed white American college students for saying war is bad on an American college campus Suddenly you re surrounded by people who want you locked in a cage because you happen to possess a few molecules that are arranged in a way that is not to their liking.The drugs are just part of the picture Thompson paints an un romanticized portrait of American society in a place where it goes to be its vilest I m glad I picked up the edition with the extra stories in the back One is a muchsolemn piece on the batos locos movement of East L.A and the murder of Ruben Salazar by the LA County Sheriff s Department The other is in the same vain as Fear and Loathing, set at the Kentucky Derby I think this book is a classic, read it twice BUT it did perhaps lead a generation of wannabe s into a vicious cycle of self destruction as cheap Hunter S knock offs. Wow This book is bloody brilliant It goes along at one hell of a pace The book starts off hilariously funny, some of the things they get up to and how they stay under some kind of control makes for an awesome read.It s not all fun and games though, the fear and the loathing soon start to creep into them, there is so much paranoia its hard to keep up How they don t end up dead, especially with how violent the attorney is, amazed me.The favourite part of the book for me though was the illustra Wow This book is bloody brilliant It goes along at one hell of a pace The book starts off hilariously funny, some of the things they get up to and how they stay under some kind of control makes for an awesome read.It s not all fun and games though, the fear and the loathing soon start to creep into them, there is so much paranoia its hard to keep up How they don t end up dead, especially with how violent the attorney is, amazed me.The favourite part of the book for me though was the illustrations, I loved examining them and they really add to the experience of the read.Hunter S Thompson is one of my favourite authors He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man Dr JohnsonLast week, while I was in Sin City, I read Hunter S Thompson s landmark novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream It was one of the best and most exciting reading experiences I ve ever had Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the magnum opus of Hunter S Thompson, an American journalist and author who became one of the most prominent literary figures of his time, ca He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man Dr JohnsonLast week, while I was in Sin City, I read Hunter S Thompson s landmark novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream It was one of the best and most exciting reading experiences I ve ever had Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the magnum opus of Hunter S Thompson, an American journalist and author who became one of the most prominent literary figures of his time, capturing the ethos of a cultural era that was corrupted and disturbed in his heavily stylized and manic writing style Thompson rose to fame with his 1967 book Hell s Angels , a first hand account of the infamous motorcycle gang which he wrote over the course of a year of living and riding with them across the country In 1970 he wrote an article entitled The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved , covering the annual horse race in Louisville in a highly unconventional manner Rather than focusing on the event itself, Thompson analyzed the race as a microcosm of American society at the time, painting a shocking portrait of a lewd and drunken celebration of debauchery and excess This article marked not only the beginning of Thompson s lifelong collaboration with British illustrator Ralph Steadman, but heralded the arrival of Gonzo journalism, a movement that Thompson himself would become the torchbearer for In Thompson s own words, Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner s idea that the best fiction is fartrue than any kind of journalism and the best journalists have always known this Rather than attempting to be purely neutral and objective, Gonzo embraces the inescapably subjective nature of writing, positing that the only way to honestly approach a subject is to write from your own individual point of view Thus, rather than remaining an impartial entity reporting on a story, Thompson chose to include himself as a part of the story, writing in an energetic, highly satirical first person narrative style wherein he is not only a participant in the events but also serves as the protagonist and primary viewpoint character for the reader Pursuing his quest to use Gonzo journalism to tackle important stories, in 1971 Hunter Thompson found himself in LA working on a very volatile very complex investigation into the murder of Mexican American Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar by the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department Thompson s main contact on the article, entitled Strange Rumblings in Aztlan , was his friend and colleague Oscar Zeta Acosta, a Mexican American attorney, novelist, politician and activist who was under bad pressure at the time, from his super militant constituents, for even talking to a gringo gabacho journalist In such a tense environment, Thompson found it difficult to talk with Oscar alone, and the two decided to take the work elsewhere It was around this time that Sports Illustrated had offered to send Thompson to Vegas for a weekend at their expense in order to write photograph captions for the Mint 400 motorcycle race Hunter seized on the job as a good excuse to get out of LA for a few days, and if I took Oscar along it would also give us time to talk and sort out the evil realities of the Salazar Murder story.And so, Acosta and Thompson set out in a flashy red convertible for Las Vegas, and what began as a weekend in America s playground and a 250 word photo caption assignment turned into a 200 page beast about a drug fueled road trip that would go on to become the preeminent Gonzo journalist s most celebrated work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas began as Thompson s attempt to record the entire trip in his notebook as it happened, and his initial intent when all had been said and done was to send the manuscript off for publication without any editing However, this didn t pan out, as Sports Illustrated aggressively rejected the initial draft, Thompson was compelled to edit his creation and the project became, as Thompson described it, a failed experiment in Gonzo journalism But Thompson did not give up on the book and, after making a return trip to Las Vegas to report on the National District Attorneys Associations Conference on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and doing so while high out of his mind on a number of hallucinogens , he gatheredmaterial and completed his novel In 1971, the final result was released in Rolling Stone in two parts accompanied by frenzied illustrations from Ralph Steadman and, the following year, it was properly published in a hardcover edition Thompson s writing style is so distinctive and engaging, and Ralph Steadman s frightening and absurd illustrations perfectly capture the off the wall energy of Thompson s prose The words and images work together to give the reader a kind of out of body feeling that s like nothing they ve ever experienced before There are few books which really can get you inside the head of someone the way this one does While the main character of the novel is named Raoul Duke, it is crystal clear that you are really reading from the hazy point of view of Thompson himself, who continually blurs the lines between reality and surreal fiction throughout the entirety of the book The characters are so vibrant, so completely dirty and real, and the entire time the reader feels as if they are watching a car wreck it is terrifying, but you can t look away because you want to seeWhat makes Thompson s writing really connect with the reader, though, is its moments of earthbound contemplation, where the book comes down off its high and crashes into a state of melancholic and thoughtful meditation This is best exemplified in perhaps the most famous passage of the novel, which also happens to be one of the best things Thompson ever wrote the famous wave speech Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas Five years later Six It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era the kind of peak that never comes again San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of Maybe it meant something Maybe not, in the long run but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world Whatever it meant There was madness in any direction, at any hour If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda You could strike sparks anywhere There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning And that, I think, was the handle that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil Not in any mean or military sense we didn t need that Our energy would simply prevail There was no point in fighting on our side or theirs We had all the momentum we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back Wow I get chills every time I read that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one hell of a ride The whole thing is just frenetic and insane, and it never lets up, and I felt simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated at the end of it all This is one of the best and most original pieces of writing I ve ever had the pleasure of reading It is hilarious, horrifying, intense, shocking, violent, thought provoking, deranged, captivating and thoroughly disgusting all at once It s something everyone should read at some point in their life And, if you get the chance to, you should read it while you re in Las Vegas It will mess you up good Thompson s first book, Hell s Angels, closes with a mesmerizing description of what it s like to push a motorcycle to a speed where the rider can feel the machine begin to shake and unhinge as the tires spin so fast they can no longer grip the road Thompson s time with the Angels pushed him to the brink and the book s conclusion left the reader to wonder whether he would ever make it back Fear and Loathing provides the answer nahhhh.not even close In Fear and Loathing, Thompson uses Las Ve Thompson s first book, Hell s Angels, closes with a mesmerizing description of what it s like to push a motorcycle to a speed where the rider can feel the machine begin to shake and unhinge as the tires spin so fast they can no longer grip the road Thompson s time with the Angels pushed him to the brink and the book s conclusion left the reader to wonder whether he would ever make it back Fear and Loathing provides the answer nahhhh.not even close In Fear and Loathing, Thompson uses Las Vegas as the setting where he will examine whether its possibly important that he s never returned from that brink The stated thesis of the book is that it s a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream but Thompson writes as a bitter, but wise 1970 s California hippy acutely aware that the dream is over However, with Thompson, the dream was only ever an excuse and he poignantly laments that the moment The Movement ended was The Beatles odd alignment with The Maharishi To Thompson, it was this decision that reminded everyone that The Movement, if it were ever a real thing, actually had to move somewhere and that that destination could only disappoint This sentiment that the journey, a captured moment in time, is alwaysimportant than its destination is an poignant post mortem of the 1960 s It also somehow serves as the best and worst part of Thompson s Fear and Loathing Like all crazy weekends, Fear and Loathing can only sustain so much momentum In the first half, Thompson expertly draws out the distorted version of the American dream posed by a city like Vegas a city built upon the allure and constant unfillment of every tourists dreams Thompson makes frequent reference to Horatio Alger to make clear the overarching analogy but he s too deft a writer to allow it to get ham fisted Instead, he uses the city as a playground where a hyper speed American dream can be pursued and lost in minutes The insanity of tourists treating the city as such is of course contrasted by Thompson and his attorney always on the brink of some sort of hallucinatory psychosis as always being just a touchsane and reasonable than their surroundings This shtick is tried and true but Thompson pulls it off.Unfortunately, the second half of the book is the hangover It has moments of clarity and occasionally catches its second wind, but mostly its just filled with descriptions of Thompson and his attorney behaving reprehensibly as they freak out tourists and act like dirt bags towards a local Las Vegas waitress Thompson s ever engaging prose saves some parts of the book s latter half, but others make you wonder about your own moral character as you try to remain engaged in the depravity that you re reading.Thesedepraved parts where Thompson pushes it too far have likely limited the book s legacy to dorm room posters for 20 year old stoners who feel they can adopt Thompson s charisma by proxy In that sense, the book is underrated and has become a victim of its reputation Like Nirvana, it gets remembered for all the wrong things and everyone forgets that Thompson can just flat out write In the end though, even when the book isn t great it s still pretty great Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the telling of Hunter S Thompson s wild and hysterical drug filled romp in Vegas It does a great job of depicting the hilarious insanity and paranoia of a drug binge Vegas is the perfect place for all of these off the wall situations and responses I read this over a Vegas weekend bachelor party my trip wasn t quite this crazy This novel has one of the better opening lines, We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the telling of Hunter S Thompson s wild and hysterical drug filled romp in Vegas It does a great job of depicting the hilarious insanity and paranoia of a drug binge Vegas is the perfect place for all of these off the wall situations and responses I read this over a Vegas weekend bachelor party my trip wasn t quite this crazy This novel has one of the better opening lines, We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs 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www.derbypost.com hunter.htmlhttp en.wikipedia.org wiki Strangehttp en.wikipedia.org wiki TheKent &READ BOOK ☔ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories (Modern Library) ⇬ A book about the world of drugs in Las Vegas The best book on the dope decade NY Times Book Review This stands in a rather stark contrast to the last book that I read Overall, it was a lighthearted, often postponed, long overdue foray into the writings of HST His writing is enjoyable at some points, nearly nonsensical at others, but he captures the time period well I m interested to read his other works. Man, do I love reading books about people fucked out of their skull on drugs Especially if the book is as funny as this one Unfortunately, out of one s mind on drugs and funny do not always coincide in literature.