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Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.
On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a scorching epochal sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more... "brilliant" and "outrageous"... and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.' Tom Wolfe 'What goes on in these pages makes Lenny Bruce seem angelic... the whole book boils down to a mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out.' New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Very crazy and not sure I followed everything that well. Eye opening side of the seventies. Not sure that I will read any more of his books, they are definitely lewd and perverse.Published 12 days ago by CindyC
I don't know why people love this book. Not enjoyable at all. Maybe if you were into heavy drug use you could relate to the story?Published 14 days ago by B_Stock
I rated this so highly because reading this book was such an interesting experience. I bought the e-book and the audio book for my kindle fire. Read morePublished 16 days ago by John W. Dilley Jr.
Cool book, a little bit to twisted. Fun reading before going to a bachelor party and looking for motivation to consume drugs..Published 18 days ago by Guy
I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but this book SUCKED. Hunter S. Thompson might have been a genius, but you wouldn't know it if this book was all you had to go by. Read morePublished 28 days ago by A. Thompson
Product in great condition! Arrived earlier than expected..Great price. Love the book!Published 1 month ago by Megan