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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson digital book - Fable

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50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist

This cult classic of gonzo journalism 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.

Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

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3.5
Expressionless Face“I’m just not a fan of Thompson; I read this in my late teens and didn’t love it then, and feel the same after rereading it. Meh, not for me. I only really cared about the cars and motorcycles when mentioned.”
Descriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulRealistic settingBigotryMisogynyRacism
Thumbs Up“I understand why this was made into a movie after reading this. Sometimes it was just hard to picture what was going on. Although I do think it’s easier to follow the story as a book. I thought it was hilarious too!”
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Thinking Face“5.0 ✩ | Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”
Original writingFast-pacedComicalDarkThought-provokingBigotryRacismSexual assaultViolence
Red Angry Face“Bizarre fever dream of a book that became even less charming when I read the notes at the back and learned Thompson refused to give any credit to Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for the attorney.”
Original writingFast-pacedUnpredictableRacism

About Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. 

The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono(1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).

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