Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

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.Heralded as the “best book on the dop

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    3 Responses to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    1. Stephen Williams says:
      23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, May 5, 2008
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      Stephen Williams (Hawthorne, California) –
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      “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” by Hunter S. Thompson

      Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. This form of reporting is called gonzo journalism.

      Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

      The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970’s.

      See also: Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

      I completely enjoyed this book and recommend it to others.

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    2. Stephen Williams says:
      16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, May 5, 2008
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      Stephen Williams (Hawthorne, California) –
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      “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” by Hunter S. Thompson

      Hunter Thompson practiced total immersion journalism. This form of reporting is called gonzo journalism.

      Hunter Thompson drove to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and ended up writing a story about himself writing a story about a motorcycle race. If he would have written a conventional report on motorcycle racing it would have been interesting to motorcycle enthusiasts for a few days. Since he wrote a gonzo story he had a very wide canvas and he used it well to create a classic.

      The reader might be turned off by the obstreperous behavior, extreme self indulgence and offensive inconsiderate language. If you can look past this offensive conduct and you will see that Hunter Thompson gave us an insight into the American character of the 1970’s.

      See also: Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Modern Library)

      I completely enjoyed this book and recommend it to others.

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    3. Schtinky says:
      132 of 143 people found the following review helpful
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      And you thought YOUR trip to Vegas was rough and wild!, November 15, 2004
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      Schtinky (Washington State) –
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      This review is from: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Paperback)
      Written in 1971, `Fear and Loathing’ still has a powerful impact on the mind even today. If you are easily offended by gratuitous drug usage and the craziness resulting from it, then put the book down and back away slowly. For those who may have perhaps saw the movie with Johnny Depp and did not know what to think of it, I highly recommend reading the book and then watching the movie again, its subtleties come out from the background provided in the book, and you will truly appreciate the performances afterwards.

      `Fear’ is absolutely hilarious, following the ramblings of a journalist and his attorney into Las Vegas in the early years. Through clouds of mescaline, acid, ether, amyl, tequila, rum, and pot, we see Las Vegas through the demented eyes of a person totally over the edge and bordering on drug induced psychosis.

      The bar scene in Circus-Circus is worth the price of the book alone, and all of the vapid trippings of our dynamic duo are practically frightening in their intensity. Thompson has captured the mind of the delusional manic in `Fear’, and while it is a journey not recommended for real life, in its book form it is highly entertaining and brutally funny.

      Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas may be dated in its use of drugs and money, and the picture painted of a Las Vegas strip long gone to the commercialism of today’s Vegas, but the amusing underlying story of human nature of the edge of reason is timeless. Definitely a worthwhile muse to entertain yourself with. Enjoy!

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