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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: A Savage Journey To The Heart Of The American Dream

79 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Hunter S. Thompson.

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 … see full wiki

Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Vintage; 2nd edition (May 12, 1998)
Date Published: Original Copyright 1971
21 reviews about Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: A Savage...
review by . September 26, 2010
Hunter S. Thompson was a much celebrated American journalist and writer, and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is his most famous book. Written in a style of "gonzo journalism," this seminal book aimed to capture as much as possible the wild and reckless drug-induced adventures of Thompson and his lawyer friend over the course of two journalistic assignments in Las Vegas in the early 70s. The actual protagonists of "Fear and Loathing" were actually slightly altered from …
review by . July 12, 2010
I laugh every time I read this book, and I have probably read it about 20 times. The scene that gets me isn't in the film, so you won't remember it from the film. Duke, having nearly escaped Las Vegas, is called back into town and is given his second rental car, the Great White Whale. He convinces the boy at the service station to fill up the tires with air to the point of danger and drives around, enjoying his newly enhanced handling, feeling every pebble on the road, but turning on a …
review by . July 01, 2010
I do not even know where to start.  I guess you can start at the beginning with...THE BATS!      This is a very good fictional representation of the early 70's drug scene.  The tale follows a writer and his attorney as they go to Vegas so that the writer can cover a race.  Very actual work is done, unless you call being a social deviant work.  As the story goes on, so does the rampant amount of drug abuse that could kill an adult elephant, but not …
review by . September 20, 2010
Hunter S. Thompson was a much celebrated American journalist and writer, and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is his most famous book. Written in a style of "gonzo journalism," this seminal book aimed to capture as much as possible the wild and reckless drug-induced adventures of Thompson and his lawyer friend over the course of two journalistic assignments in Las Vegas in the early 70s. The actual protagonists of "Fear and Loathing" were actually slightly altered from the real world personages, …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
While the thought and intention behind the book is genius, it is a disgusting, vile, crude, and uncomfortable read.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
A sucker for Thompson's scathing and brutal narratives and point of view, I absolutely love all of his work. Check out the Gilliam flick, if you haven't yet.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A crazy journey, that one can actually join with Gonzo!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Funny book, and a funny movie too. I read that Hunter S. Thompson made it all up though. An interesting look into the drug culture.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
buy the ticket, take the ride!
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Hunter Thompson was a sick young man and this told the story of one of his sickest tales.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
This book veers from disturbing to hilarious, and isn't afraid to make all the stops inbetween. Get the illustrated version! The sketches are erratic, all signed by thompson as "gonzo", and really add to your state of mind during the read.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Though some parts were memorable, I was lost as to the point of this book.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This is one of the few books to make me laugh out loud, I've read this many many times.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
A wild and disturbing ride.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Incredibly well written and moving. As good as the movie was, the book is still more powerful.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
crazy crazy crazy, but I love it
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I will never get enough of Hunter S. Thompson and his wild adventures.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
the good doctor's not for everybody... but you everybody needs to know his work regardless if it makes them "uncomfortable." that's the point!
Quick Tip by . December 02, 2009
It was okay. But I kind-of wanted it to end.
review by . November 15, 2008
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
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 …
review by . September 16, 2002
In an attempt to get culturally on-line, I decided to rectify a missing portion of influential pop culture in the form of the guru of gonzo, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. I realized that I had been missing something when I started noticing several biographies on Thompson on the bookstore shelves. If he's being bio'ed, I thought to myself, that must mean he's dead, or as good as. If the account in Fear and Loathing is anywhere near that fickle creature called truth, chances are he's been as good as dead …
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