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From the opening line to the closing paragraph, this book chronicles how many elicit drugs a man can get away with pumping into his system. Far from the mindless ramblings one might expect from such an account, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Warner Books, $3.95) is highly entertaining, wildly psychedelic and a damn good piece of work. It's the Grateful Dead on a gambling junket. Groovily illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
Near where we were staying in Hawaii I noticed a "little free library". Near the end of our trip I had already finished the majority of the books I brought with me (before leaving I struggled with how many to bring, eventually deciding to stick with four, but probably should have thrown another in my luggage) so stopped by to see if anything would grab my eye. I ended up picking up this book (along with another) because the hubby had recently been talking about wanting to re-watch the movie. I had never seen the movie (and actually didn't even know what it was about) so grabbed the book. I ended up starting it on the flight back home and had about 50 pages to go by the time we got back to SoCal. Let's just say this book wasn't my cup of tea. It is literally 200ish pages of two drug induced trips to Las Vegas. It was a bit hard to follow in spots because of all the shenanigans going down, but I was eventually able to finish it. Maybe had I known what the book was about I may have been able to brace myself for it a little more but who knows. I ended up seeing it through to the end, but it definitely isn't my kind of book (although I would be interested in seeing the movie). I would give it a 5 out of 10.
Ignore the movies and read this book. Some laugh out loud moments .
There will always be a certain amount of rambling in a Hunter Thompson book but it's worth sifting through.
Heavy on the drugs but even if you don't enjoy drug humor you will enjoy this book.
I read this book after seeing the movie.
I enjoyed the book more, but the movie is very good too.
Well written and full of great quotes.
Mostly bragging about his drug and alcohol prowess. A bit of a peek into a bygone era, but otherwise not a lot to recommend it.
better than the movie. hunter is an acquired taste but well worth persevering with.
I didn't enjoy this book. Maybe I missed the point. I found it was a little ironic and humorous at points, but mostly about two people wasting money and time and their lives. It is a shame people live like this and scary. No wonder people get killed on the roads and highways with things like this happening...innocent people.
Heart that Johnny Depp's performance in Rango is an homage to Hunter S. Thompson as Depp played him in the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Definite resemblence between Rango and the cover art on the book!
By far my favorite Hunter S. Thompson book. I recommend it to anyone that is wanting to read a book that is on the edge.
One of my all time favorite books.
The only book to really make me laugh hysterically.
Most people think this book is a work of fiction. Every person I know who have met Hunter Thompson are sure that it is autobiographical. Regardless, you have never read a book about such drug-induced insanity that at the same time is perfectly lucid in its honest search for the "American Dream". Absolutely love this book!