Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

204 pages

English language

Published Sept. 6, 1998

ISBN:
978-0-679-78589-7
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4 stars (173 reviews)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a 1971 novel by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman à clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke, and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous book, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use and its early retrospective on the culture of the 1960s. Its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction has become known as gonzo journalism. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, and was published as a book in 1972. It was later adapted into …

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4 stars

This book was great fun. I'd read some of Thompson's short stories and loved his sort of frantic, unreliable, trippy style and this book is basically the epitome of that drug-skewed paranoia without being devoid of meaning and introspection.

That said, I didn't feel like the book added much over the 1998 Terry Gilliam movie based on it. The movie hits all of the major plot points, and frequently quotes the book verbatim in both dialogue and narration. There were a few minor things that didn't make it to the movie, including one that had me in stitches, but the movie ends a little tighter and ultimately was a worthy stand in for reading the book.

Anyway, this was a blast to read and hard to put down (I read it in a day, the 200 pages frequently broken up with chapter and part breaks and great Steadman illustrations) but …

Review of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Journalist, Raoul Duke heads to Las Vegas with his attorney Dr Gonzo in order to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race. After experimenting with some recreational drugs, LSD, ether, cocaine, cannabis and alcohol, their assignment was quickly abandoned. What follows is a series of hallucinogenic trips that end in disaster from trashed hotel rooms, car wrecks and much more. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a roman à clef, with autobiographical elements in which Hunter S. Thompson writes a retrospective of the 1960s countercultural movement.

Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist, but he was best known for his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. While working in Journalism he coined the term Gonzo journalism which is a writing style he adopted for his first person narratives. The style is a combination of fact and fiction that allows Thompson …

Review of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow. This book is bloody brilliant. It goes along at one hell of a pace. The book starts off hilariously funny, some of the things they get up to and how they stay under some kind of control makes for an awesome read.

It's not all fun and games though, the fear and the loathing soon start to creep into them, there is so much paranoia its hard to keep up. How they don't end up dead, especially with how violent the attorney is, amazed me.

The favourite part of the book for me though was the illustrations, I loved examining them and they really add to the experience of the read.

Hunter S. Thompson is one of my favourite authors.

Review of 'Fear and loathing in Las Vegas' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I read this for my inebriation themed book club and I am already forgetting it, which doesn't say much for it. In case you are one of the five people on earth who hasn't seen the movie - Thompson goes to Vegas to cover an absurd motorcycle race through the desert while eating half blotters of acid, sniffing ether and making mildly interesting observations.

Now I am trying to figure out what we are actually going to converse about at the book club. We could talk about the absurdities of Vegas, where I was for a birthday party this weekend. But it is just too easy to chew up a place where people drop tens of thousands in one night while, according to the cab driver, 86% of homeowners are underwater on their mortgages.

I suppose we could talk about journalism and the illusion that anybody is "fair and balanced" …

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