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


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

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    I recently went to Las Vegas for the first, and probably only, time in my life I hadn t read this book in years, and previously, it hadn t even been my favorite Hunter S Thompson work Thompson is dearly missed by many people, and on a personal level, I miss him deeply He spoke to a true astonishment at the complete, unrelenting fuckedupedness of America and her politics, and he did it with a bite that was deserved and unmatched He probably could have been a very rich super novelist of popular, uninspired filth He probably could have been a brilliant novelist of any kind But he chose to do what he did, and he did it better than any of his generation Like Mark Twain, he chronicled American stupidity in the tongue of his generation, and he captured it perfectly, from the insanity of the drug experience to the depravity of American politics For years, no work of his stood out to me as much as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72 or the Gonzo letters Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to me, wasn t his best work Then I went to Vegas Suddenly, all the subtle differences between this and his other work made sense, and I realized that he had captured the true tackiness of the truest tacky city on the entire planet though Dubai with their fucking Island fantasies are likely to take over soon Fear Loathing in Las Vegas IS Las Vegas It s a nightmare, a joke, a blunder of comical, cosmically fucked proportions It s not Sin City It s where Sin goes to die when it s embarrassed for itself It s where families go on vacations with ten year olds, children who get handed fliers for prostitutes It s the living, pulsing, filthing embodiment of the Holy Dollar It s sensory overload on a scale drugs can t equal, a place where you almost have to take a brimful of Valium and a pint of ether to feel normal and not feel utterly ashamed at the state of the human condition It would make you want to blow your brains out if it weren t so goddamned fun, even if you re gay, you hate gambling and hookers make your brain itch Yet you never, ever feel like it is evil or subversive or curious in any way It s just about a buck, and every other blink reminds you of it This is a place where Hunter S Thompson could easily mingle with a law enforcement convention and not get noticed This is a place where a lawyer could leave you with a hotel bill This is a place where no questions get asked because no answers would make sense, and the only thing profound about any of it is that you know, on a gut level, that all the oil used to produce all the plastic used to build that city no doubt funded an island shaped like Australia that was built off the coast of the UAE over the weekend This novel will never cease to be important, and one day, as a cultural artifact of a forgotten culture from a forgotten nation, it will be one of the most important anthropological pieces in existence I wish he d survived the Bush administration We need this man.NC


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    Yes, I see all the raving reviews and the four and five star ratings, but I honestly don t remember the last time I was so bored and annoyed by a book Barring a massive conspiracy, maybe I just didn t get this book This is what I got from the book Please help me if missed something We drove than 100 miles an hour while drunk and high WAHAHAHA We ran up a huge bill and fled the hotel without paying it WAHAHAHA We picked up a teenage girl and gave her drugs and then left her alone, all scared and paranoid WAHAHAHA We nearly strangled the poor cleaning lady WAHAHAHA Do the good people who ve never done, and will never do, and in reality will be quite appalled by the things described in this book, really find these tales so interesting and charming Or did this book offer subliminal messages about human nature or sociopolitical conditions of its time that I missed What does this have to do with the heart of the American dream Describing the book as some kind of a backlash against the Vietnam War and the fraudulent Nixon administration must be another joke that I don t get This book somehow reminded me of Sexual Life of Catherine M People waving their filthy laundry the stench going up to high heavens in our face, just out of sheer narcissism Look at me Aren t I great This book must have been really cool and hip when it was published in 1971 If anyone writes a book like this these days, the only thing that I have to say is grow the fuck up.


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    Update Silent censorship by Goodreads At the bottom It wouldn t be relevant here.I read this years ago and reviewed it, but it seems to have disappeared from my booklist Did I blot my copybook by slagging off the author s major drug and alcohol habits and thereby get it deleted or what It s not like the author could object as a he s dead and b he was proud of his prodigious consumption of substances that got him off his head Or was it just the GR monster, munching away, like a moth, holes here, holes there and you don t find them until you actually go looking Whichever Bastards.When I was very fired up about the censorships and deletions I wrote a reviewand I m wondering if I was prescient than I realised 25 Dec 2018 This review about Goodreads censorship has also been deleted silently, I just found out, I was never told Well, well, well This silent censorship, just delete everything they don t approve of and don t let the reviewer know that s really not in keeping with the Goodreads Otis set up Is this What does that say for the future of books you only rent on your Kindle


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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S Thompson is profane, violent, disturbing, irreverent, and yet immaculately compelling The reader is as entranced as a driver witnessing a bizarre car wreck, horrified but unable to turn away It reminds me alternatively of Why Are We in Vietnam , A Confederacy of Dunces and in a strange way that is indescribable, A Clockwork Orange It is about the American dream in a similar way that Mailer s book is about Vietnam, you may get specifically to it at the end and then, looking back, realize that the subject had been lurking in the shadows all along What makes this a much better book than Mailer s swill is Thompson s sequences of lucidity amidst murky sections of drug descriptions and ramblings Thompson is a fun writer, I ve always liked gonzo journalism humor, the similes and metaphors are golden they are as good as Captain Kangaroo hopped up on mescaline and vodka soaked rice cakes.


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    Oh I don t really know where to begin with my absolute hate for this book Hunter Thompson is a famous journalist He is respected He rode with the Hells Angels and he interviewed all the musicians that we worship He was Rolling Stone Magazine cool He was so cool that friggen Johnny Depp played him in TWO movies Loving him is just a given Apparently Unfortunately I can t get past the fact that I just think he s a fucking twat.


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    Whoop whoop, yeehaw, arrrrghflurszlegastle, shit shit shit drugs make you crazy Yes, yes they do So the first question is exactly how many drugs did Hunter S Thompson actually imbibe when writing this book Either one too many or not enough would be my answer First off, I d like to critique the author photo on the inside sleeve of this book Hello. there s Hunter S Thompson staring out from the page He is wearing what can only be described as a three tone patch work denim shirt, and old skool Aviators and draped in an American Flag He s standing in front of a clever montage of boiled sharks jaws a la Robert Shaws boat house in Jaws , another couple of miscellaneous animal skulls and a hunting knife which has been jabbed into the wooden shelf Aside from the fact that I m a vegetarian and not at all patriotic towards America or even my own country , I have to say that three tone denim is an extremely ill advised look Mr Thompson one might even go so far as to say a mighty fashion faux pas, hence the loss of a star in the ratings Moving onI didn t hate this book or loath it but I didn t exactly love it either but am at the same time weirdly impressed and drawn in shucks i m upping the rating to a fat five stars Cult status for this sort of thing is frequently imposed by people who look at this sort of tale as a potential bible to live by Listen up kids, taking this amount of drugs would fuck you up so good that you would probably shit your brain out of your own ear and not even notice I ve never taken so many drugs as to shit my brain out of my own ear but I did once have my own Fear and Loathing style road trip experience.A few years ago I was travelling from the Iranian Border to a town in a mountainous read as not touristy region of Turkey on the train Three gentleman arrived at the station dressed as deeply religious local individuals full on beards, prayer beads, traditional shalwar and skull caps , loaded their motor bikes onto the rear of the train and proceeded to the yatakli car sleeper car After a while I encountered them again in the dining car and pretty quickly became sure that they were not local After some hard eye balling across the carriage we eventually struck up a conversation and it turns out that said gentlemen were en route back to their home town country of the Czech Republic having just been to Afghanistan Their behaviour was a bit erratic and the random disguise was clearly falling apart after a large amount of beer and spirits were consumed Every time we entered a tunnel they d jump up on the tables and chairs, wave their arms over their heads and should wooloolooloooloooooo for as long as we were in the tunnel Yes, you re thinking, this is not the behaviour of a sane un stoned person Clearly When the beer had run out and we still had another 12 hours of train trapped boredom to endure, they asked if I would like to join them for the rest of the journey and participate in a party On offer was a share of some of the high end products that they claimed to have brought in bulk from Afghanistan Having seen Midnight Express, I declined and returned to my seat About an hour later one of the individuals was so out of his mind that he decided to go into the main carriage and tried to climb into the overhead luggage rack for a sleep, after mistaking it for his own bed, then getting into a big argument with people who were unhappy about a man drooling and snoring on their suitcases The gendarme were called rather unluckily there was a whole platoon of them travelling at the rear of the train The gentlemen were removed from the train, screamed at, severely kicked and pistol whipped, had a few AK47 s pointed very levelly at their heads and advised in no uncertain terms that this was not an acceptable way to behave The bottom line Apparently you can only get away with this kind of behaviour in Vegas.


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    A long drug and alcohol frenzied week in Las Vegas This is written by Hunter Thompson, long time editor of Rolling Stone, so we know he knows firsthand about what he writes about I imagine this is one of the best portrayals of what is like to go through life in a drug frenzy, but the story is laced with humor It s not great writing, or even good writing, but it holds your attention in the way a magazine column does But even wild antics can get tedious night after night in a drug filled haze I know it is a work of irony and commentary on materialism but still the writing struck me as sophomoric.


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    You know, if this was the first of Mr Thompson s books I had read, I never would have picked up another one As far as I can tell, this is one of his weaker ones and is really the most well known only for the long, droning drug bullshit Reading drug writing is about as interesting is watching paint dry There are little kernals of hilarity because he s a fantastic writer who is able to describe pitch perfectly the bizarre ineptitude of the human experience which saves it from being snoringly dull I mean, he gets on a plane to Denver by accident and decides to attempt to purchase an albino Doberman because Since I was already here, I thought I might as well pick up a vicious dog I love his use of language, his token words that he throws around such as calling various people swine I love his misanthropic disposition that saves him from being a misogynist god probably didn t spell that right but I m tired due to the simple fact that he views all of mankind as pretty much an entire wasteland I have to say I adore Mr Thompson I didn t hate this, but I didn t love it either I ll just pretend I read A Generation of Swine instead He s interesting as a political junkie, rather than just a junkie.


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    This needed to happen On the Road needed to happen Burroughs, Kesey, Ginsberg, etc needed to happen But is it good literature For its time, yes For all time The jury s out Certainly Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is good comedy, but it may also be bad everything else Is this wisdom Is it pure nonsense Is it intelligent Perhaps when it s occasionally intelligible There are flashes of philosophy and poeticismstoner philosophy and beat poeticism Good for their day, necessary even, but dated and like a new car driven off the lot losing its value day by day This is the first thing of his I ve read, so I don t know Hunter S Thompson from a hole in the wall I plan to read his other books and I should seek out his Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone articles before I cast judgement, but if this is his crowning glory, I can t help but lump him into that category of 60s drug addled mind drifters, those wastes of talent who spout some scattered lines of faux guru shit that impresses other strung out jellyheads in between bouts of frying up their brains When genius level IQ luminaries of the day E.G Jim Morrison weren t getting wasted, they picked up a single random and usually obscure book and it blew their mindso they constantly referred to it in their own writing repeatedly like a mantra In Thompson s case see Horatio Algers Beyond that they were too busy destroying their minds to be bothered with improving them I suppose someone had to do it I just wish I hadn t wasted a moment of my life idolizing such pseudo philosophers Ah, but the young, innocent and flat out stupid will be fooled by the simplest of messiahs.


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    We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold is one of my favourite opening lines in literature Two paragraphs later are the equally brilliant lines I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway No point mentioning those bats, I thought The poor bastard will see them soon enough That whole opening narration sets the tone of chaos and comedy told in a perfect deadpan that defines this book.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a modern classic of American literature and is the cause for untold numbers of irresponsible Vegas road trips Published in 1971, it tells the semi true story of when Hunter S Thompson and Oscar Acosta renamed here as Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo went on a drug fuelled road trip from LA to Vegas where Thompson was commissioned by Sports Illustrated to do a write up on the Mint 400 motorcycle race in the desert The drugs they consume marijuana, mescaline, all kinds of pills, cocaine, opiates, LSD, ether, and adrenochrome lead to whacky adventures and surreal hallucinations as the pair barrel through a plotless non story where they also cover a drug convention full of cops and go in search of The American Dream or its corpse Our anti heroes learn nothing and have no character arcs and it s perfect I read Fear and Loathing some fifteen years ago when I was a teenager and remember devouring it in one go, laughing the whole time it instantly became one of my favourite books Years later, I m glad to say it still holds up I wouldn t say it s as intoxicating still, but it remains a terrific book and really funny to boot.What s most striking about Fear and Loathing is Thompson s unique voice narrating with a loquacious urgency and an intelligently arresting, feverish, tone It s what makes this book so original And that has to be stated Fear and Loathing is ORIGINAL.It s said that there are seven basic plots in the world that get repeatedly used so how do you get around that to create something new Abandon plot altogether Because, yes, there s a kind of setup with the road trip and reporting, but nothing that could be concretely described as plot Fear and Loathing careens around at high velocity though it s aimless and that s fine because the book s strength lies in Thompson s unstoppable descriptive narration The book also marked a shift from the author as the creator of the story to the author as the story And no, Fear and Loathing isn t the first plotless novel or the first to feature the author as main character It s not the first to have a road trip or hallucinations feature prominently I don t mean it s original in that sense But there had never been a voice like Thompson s before in literature he s the only reason this book is so much fun and so famous and he would set a style that would be oft imitated for decades to come It s also notable for being the first Gonzo book, meaning a blend of fiction, non fiction, and fantasy Cartoonist Ralph Steadman s iconic line drawings capture the mania of Thompson s potent writing and helped define Gonzo as a literary style But Fear and Loathing also has traditional literary features, as befits a writer heavily influenced by Fitzgerald and Hemingway The search for The American Dream, as abstract as it sounds, takes the form of the novel as well as a real place Duke and Gonzo go searching for and turns out to be a long burned out bar heavy handed symbolism, Thompson The form of the novel could be seen as an indictment of the American Dream, post idealistic 60s There are snippets of news stories dropped into the text highlighting that Nam was still ongoing, Nixon was in the White House and declared a war on drugs that persists today, people on drugs were killing others, and maybe Thompson wanted Duke and Gonzo to embody the America he saw in 1971 self destructive, paranoid, and almost wilfully stupid.Duke and Gonzo end up driving around in a white Cadillac Eldorado which Duke describes as the White Whale perhaps a nod to what is often described as the Great American Novel , Moby Dick Are Duke and Gonzo the white whale themselves, elusive and hunted is that what the Fear and Loathing of the title references or are they demented Ahabs, chasing the white whale of the American Dream While it has a lot of positives, I wouldn t say Fear and Loathing is perfect Certain skits like when Duke and Gonzo pretend to be undercover agents to the cleaning lady, or in the bar where Gonzo goes too far in soliciting a female bartender, were very unfunny and felt a bit dated And, like the tail end of a bender, the novel starts to taper off towards the end and feels like its outstayed its welcome Make no mistake though Fear and Loathing is an outstanding novel Thompson s irresistible voice is captured forever between the covers to entertain and it is incredibly entertaining for generations to come Is it an important novel I think there s a case to be made for it being of minor literary import and I really think those first twenty pages or so could easily stand up to anything by Twain or Hemingway But for me, and probably for you, the real question is, is it a fun read And it is It s so damn cool and sure of itself, the book swaggers Pick this one up whenever you want to go on the greatest road trip ever No point mentioning some of the great scenes that await you inside you ll see them soon enough.