Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is his masterwork, a startling, stark description of a nation that collectively stands confused at a crossroads, aimlessly meandering toward the future. It's an outstanding, ground breaking piece of literature, and I could not recommend it more highly.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.


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About Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels", Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone", Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72", The Rum Diary", and Better than Sex". He died in February 2005. Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas.
 
Published July 23, 2010 by Vintage. 217 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Crawford Woods on Jul 23 1980

The book's highest art is to be the drug it is about, whether chemical or political. To read it is to swim through the highs and lows of the smokes and fluids that shatter the mind, to survive again the terror of the politics of unreason. Since plot has been scrapped, the whole thing must be done in the details...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Ian Penman on Dec 16 2000

Thompson has joined the select company of other American authors (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Kerouac) for whom the critical corpus now far outstrips the published work...Thompson has got posthumous fame while still alive, and this book has the fitting air of an RIP testament, a retrospective trawl, presented as though Thompson were gone...

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Ready Bet Go

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Christenson on May 28 2015

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is his masterwork, a startling, stark description of a nation that collectively stands confused at a crossroads, aimlessly meandering toward the future. It's an outstanding, ground breaking piece of literature, and I could not recommend it more highly.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by enjoi_life, on May 15 2015

This book is probably one of the craziest/fun/best books I have ever read...I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good read from the counter-culture and/or is trying to find themselves in their own crazy life.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on May 15 2015

Thompson draws people in with an outrageous start to the book and once he’s there he never lets up...It’s unlike anything I have ever read before, and probably one of only books I’ll enjoy reading all that much. And it all started with a journalist with a button up shirt on smoking a cigarette talking to himself.

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Reviewed by Annett Grosser-Rogoff on Mar 31 2013

In all this absurdity Thompson brings out the dark comedy of each situation and his visceral exposures of the stupidity and idiocy of the Las Vegas people and workers are hilarious...All-in-all this book makes you dizzy, but also feel regret when putting it away. It gives you the buzz no drug can ever do.

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Bundle of Books

Good
Reviewed by Bundle of Books on Jun 28 2011

Fear and Loathing is everything you would expect from a drug fuelled trip to Las Vegas – and more. Filled with bizarre situations, hilarious dialogue and a unique writing style, this book was enjoyable to read from beginning to end...I have never read anything quite like it.

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