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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage…

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the… (1971)

by Hunter S. Thompson

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If it was not for the March #TSBCBookChallenge, the chances of my picking up this book were non existent as I have a deep-set fear and loathing for drugs. Midway through the first chapter, I was about to give this book up as I pretty much disgusted by the behavior of the two drug addicts, Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo, driving a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs. But then, this being #TSBCBookChallenge, I could not possibly give up the book; so I trudged along albeit with very little enthusiasm. But to my surprise, soon I was hooked and by the time the book came to an end, the loathing that I had felt in the beginning was replaced with a vague sense of pity for these self destructive drug addicts as they explore the great American Dream in a discriminating and hypocritical society. Thompson portrays Las Vegas as a product of capitalism in its purest form and Duke uses drugs as a coping mechanism to escape depressing aspects of American culture. He also graphically portrays the downsides of drug use, including paranoia, aggression, and vicious hangovers. ( )
  _amritasharma_ | Feb 5, 2016 |
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..... ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
Well, I tried to get into this book. I really did! I guess everything is perspective. I see that many bookcrossers found the humor in this book. I guess that for me, this book hit a little to close to home. I did drugs for a whole week one night. I even had this type of experience in Vegas however, looking back, I found nothing funny about it. In fact, for me it was quite disturbing because I did see all of those hallucinatory creatures that were described in this book.

I feel that the book was well written because it does describe very accurately what one sees when on Acid and the like. I did not go to excess like the characters in this book. I am amazed that they have survived at all. I just found it disturbing for me. I did enjoy the nostalgic descriptions of the hotels in Vegas that are no longer there. ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
Still one of the best fictional descriptions of what it's like to freak out on [mostly hazardous] substances (or maybe even the best description anywhere). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I can understand why Thompson's books brought about a sea-change for journalism, blending fact and fiction to create what became known as gonzo journalism. I can also understand how the rambling account of a drug-soaked, demented journey can be entertaining. However, surreal narrative is just not for me. I appreciate Thompson's immense talent but don't particularly enjoy it. Still, this is one book I'm glad I tried. His comprehension of the spirit of the times is exhaustive, if localized - my memory of 1971 is very different. Ralph Steadman must have been along for the ride, his illustrations are spot on. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 14, 2016 |
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"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a number of things, most of them elusive on first reading and illusory thereafter. A solid second act by the author of "Hell's Angels," it is an apposite gloss on the more history-laden rock lyrics ("to live outside the law you must be honest")
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"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." -- Dr. Johnson
To Bob Geiger, for reasons that need not be explained here -- and to Bob Dylan, for Mister Tambourine Man
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We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive . . .' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming, 'Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?'
What were we doing out here? What was the meaning of this trip? Did I actually have a big red convertible out there on the street? was I just roaming around these Mint Hotel escalators in a drug frenzy of some kind, or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story?
All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped to create...a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody-or at least some force-is tending the Light at the end of the tunnel.
Buy the ticket take the Ride
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.
You can always turn your back on a person, but you can never turn your back on a drug... especially when it's waving a hunting knife in your eyes.
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The basic synopsis revolves around journalist Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they arrive in 70's Las Vegas to report on the Mint 400 motorcycle race. However, they soon abandon their work and begin experimenting with a variety of recreational drugs, such as LSD, cocaine, mescaline, and cannabis. This leads to a series of bizarre hallucinogenic trips, during which they destroy hotel rooms, wreck cars, and have visions of anthropomorphic desert animals, all the while ruminating on the decline of American culture.
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Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "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 multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.

On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren

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Records the experiences of a free-lance writer who embarked on a zany journey into the drug culture.

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