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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (original 1971; edition 1998)

by Hunter S. Thompson

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Title:Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Authors:Hunter S. Thompson
Info:Flamingo (1998), Paperback, 224 pages
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)

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I read this when I was 12 and thought it was super cool. When I re-read it as an adult I thought: this has not aged well at all. Times have changed and a middle-aged man wandering around while wasted and/or stoned out of his gourd all the time seems really sad now. ( )
  EnidaV | Dec 4, 2018 |
So, I'm sitting with my boyfriend and we're sharing a good beer (seeing how good people drink good beer) and he's explaining to me all the books that he's put into my birthday present. He mentions [b:Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail|7748|Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72|Hunter S. Thompson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344266144s/7748.jpg|273425] and I feel compelled to make a shameful confession.

"I've never read the original, you know."
"[b:Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I nod. Immediately he gets to his feet and leaves the room. Wordless the book is pretty much thrown at me and that was that. I picked it up after I finished the book I was already reading book Lamb] and immediately set about reading it.

About three hours later I was done.

This book is pure [a:Hunter S. Thompson|5237|Hunter S. Thompson|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1206560814p2/5237.jpg], an author I dearly love. It's insanity, complemented by the illustrations of the inimitable [a:Ralph Steadman|14623|Ralph Steadman|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1215291845p2/14623.jpg] and loads of wit and insight. Looking for the American Dream? Yeah, if you look hard enough you'll find it here. Looking for answers? They're here. Everything is in there, caught up in the whirl and the mad mad world that only [a:Hunter S. Thompson|5237|Hunter S. Thompson|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1206560814p2/5237.jpg] could see clearly and deliver with the gonzo journalism.

Basically - give it a read sometime, everyone. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Ok. I'm glad I read it, but only to be able to say I read it. However, not a fan. I wanted to like this, but I was just sitting here shaking my head for most of the book. ( )
  CJ82487 | Mar 20, 2018 |
I don't know about the other readers but I was fascinated by the whole trip (and by trip I actually include both meanings). It is possible that Hunter S. Thompson was on something while writing the book. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
This was probably my favourite book that I’ve read this year, I know I’ll read it again. I don’t really feel qualified to express how great this book is, it’s just funny, and clever, and awesome. I love it, and I think Thompson is a crazy genius. ( )
  plumtingz | Dec 14, 2017 |
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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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