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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas | [Hunter S. Thompson]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.
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Publisher's Summary

Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to "gonzo journalism" with this cult classic that shot back up the best seller lists after Thompson's suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

©1971 Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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"The best book on the dope decade." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Lysa Tempe, AZ, USA 03-15-08
    Lysa Tempe, AZ, USA 03-15-08
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    "Interesting book"

    Odd, interesting and poignant all at the same time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Surprise, AZ, USA 03-11-08
    Dennis Surprise, AZ, USA 03-11-08
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    "Yeah, they're fearfully loathsome alright"

    First of all, I loved the narration! Ron McLarty really nails the gritty, irreverent and cynical mood of the writer. This is an important point because I think it really helped me to get inside the mind of Hunter S. Thompson. The writing of Mr. Thompson is excellent as well.

    What I did not like was the premise. If you were expecting some soul-searching, introspective, drug-induced wisdom… there’s none of that here. Go watch the episode of The Simpsons were Homer eats the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper and starts hallucinating… there’s more depth in there than in this book. In this book, the two main characters are contemptible. If we were to look at these guys objectively, without the romanticism of the “drug-culture”, we would have to conclude that they were degenerate, sociopathic criminals, period. Are we supposed to admire a couple of guys who are guilty of rape, kidnapping, assault, larceny, fraud, terrorizing innocent bystanders, etc? And are we supposed to wink at all of this because they were against the war and against commercialism? If pathological self-indulgence and hypocritical cynicism are what defined the 60’s counter-culture then I'm glad I missed it.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 03-05-11
    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2010

    I am a D-Bag.

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    "Look out for those bats"

    In todays culture Vegas too often gets glorified as a place where you can do anything without facing the results. Fat working slobs flock to vegas to pretend they are really matter. Casual sex, drunk binges, and stupidity seem to be the most popular forms of enternment in todays Vegas. But back in the day there was Hunter Thompson tripping along beside his somaon attorney in a straight Vegas. Love him or hate him, Thompson was at least one of a kind and not a carbon copy character you see in todays books and films. Ten times better then the Hang Over or any other modern Vegas tale.

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