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You need look no further for this writer's best: this collection of pieces, first published in 1979, spans all of Thompson's primo era, including short pieces and selections from longer works. The Great Shark Hunt sports a few articles filed by a pre-Gonzo Hunter S. Thompson, which show flickers of passion but no real fire; the first experiments with the author's drug-fueled brand of journalism at the Kentucky Derby; and finally the gigs that made him an American institution, in Las Vegas and on the 1972 campaign trail.
Thompson's style is so unique that a reader is tempted to think that he leapt, fully formed, into Gonzohood. However, along with the crazy, careening prose itself, one of the auxiliary pleasures of The Great Shark Hunt is the map that it gives of Thompson's ascent (or descent, if you prefer) from the workaday hyperbole of sports writing to the hell-blast vigor of his later work. The drugs are, by and large, a distraction--lifestyle points that get in the way of the genuinely perceptive journalism that Thompson created. (But they are there, always, and in quantity.) If you're looking for insight into the underbelly of America, Hunter S. Thompson is your best and only guide, and The Great Shark Hunt is an excellent place to begin the grim safari. --Michael Gerber
...Shark Hunt is a great compilation of Thompson's earlier work.
Once again Hunter may have some crazy ideas from who knows what he is drinking, and it will actually make sense to whoever is reading it!
More of a collection of stories than a singular novel, this book best portrays Thompson's chaotic and lucid writing.
This is a compilation I have given away many times, great insight into the writing of HST as it grows.Published 17 days ago by Ken S.
Mildly disappointed; the continuity of the stories was lacking, though interesting...especially the one about Muhammad Ali.Published 1 month ago by tapeezarf
Collected stories from a weird, insightful and temperamental freak. I had a copy of this and wanted it again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rad
Getting into Thompson's writings, this one is just another trip for the avid reader, it paints a very vivid picture of the 70s drug world and the insanityPublished 1 month ago by Marie Sharp
Honestly, just couldn't finish this thing. I got to around page 150 and finally just decided that it wasn't worth trying to make it the last 400 pages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam Oster
If you are a HST fan, you MUST read this. These essays represent HST at his finest, if you ask me. You will learn, laugh, and wonder at where the hell gonzo journalism went. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan Mader
This is a must-read collection of Thompson's work from his prime in the mid-60s through late 70s. It collects, as no other volume does, his writing about the Brown Power movement... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MMonjejr
For HST fans this is a good sampling of his prior publications. Both serious journalism written in his fun style as well as the absurd and hilarious. Plan to go on to vol. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Binns