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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271296
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Freelancer Carroll, who apparently debauched with the legendary gonzo journalist, recounts her experiences here in the precious, faux gonzo voice of a semi-fictionalized alter ego, Laetitia Snap ("Truth being excusable in a Biographer . . ."). She intersperses her Thompson escapades with an oral biography, assembling quotes rather than crafting a narrative. Carroll's interviewees--including Thompson's brother, mother, ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, colleagues, even George McGovern--offer many interesting observations on her subject's alienated youth, writing style, celebrityhood, behavior and journalistic influence. "He's both ultimately sane and crazy," declares one friend. Paul Perry's Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson (Nonfiction Forecasts, Nov. 16) is a more coherent biography; also, although Perry had fewer sources than Carroll, he had one she didn't: Thompson's sidekick illustrator Ralph Steadman. First serial to Esquire.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Hi, dolls! I write the ASK E. JEAN column in ELLE magazine, the world's largest (and coolest) fashion magazine. I live in a little cabin on an island (it's about the size of a mattress) in upstate New York. I used to write for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and was a contributing editor to ESQUIRE and OUTSIDE. I always wanted to write a graphic novel and title it "OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB SELECTION," and fill it with cute pictures of my dogs (a Tibetan Mastiff, a pit bull, and a standard poodle----all rescued). I have noticed one thing about writing: when I get stuck I find that walking into the kitchen sixty or seventy times to eat something really helps.

Customer Reviews

Avoid it like it was a poo in a swimming pool!!!
Amazon Customer
In Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson by E. Jean Carroll takes the reader deep into the world of this literary journalism writer.
Dr. Wilson Trivino
This is NOT the entire book... After about 2 Chapters, you are directed to a website where you can download the rest in RTF.
Queen BB

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Maybe I just misread the product description, but I felt like the way this book listed in the Kindle marketplace it would have been the full text and was inclined to make the awesomely priced $1.99 purchase. However, as I started reading the book only about 50 pages later did I come across a message stating, "This is the end of the Kindle edition of this book, you can read the full book for free online." I would have gladly paid $5 to read the full book on my kindle, rather than have to go to the website, waste $2 on a product that I will likely not finish now.

The book itself so far seems fairly interesting, if not a little disjointed, and is a Hunter bio written in the gonzo style.

I'd recommend just checking this book out for free online (can do a Google search to find it), if you are interested in reading it, and pick up a Hunter S. Thompson classic on your Kindle instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe Porletto on October 10, 2011
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Hunter S. Thompson has been my favorite author since I was a teen, and once I read through all of his works I needed more. I started checking out the various biographies written about the famous "Gonzo" journalist, but found a lot of them lacking in real detail. None of them had the emotional connection or insight into Hunter, one of America's most creative and original writers. Then I read HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson. The author's personal connection to Hunter may just be the reason why this biography stands out among the rest. I find myself going back to it frequently and rereading sections that give me a clearer and deeper understanding about the events and circumstances in Hunter's life that shaped him into the incredible, prolific writer he became. I have the original hard copy and now picked it up for my Kindle as well. Highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Bertelli on October 10, 2011
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I'm a fan of E. Jean Carroll's work and with HUNTER she outdid herself. E. Jean and Ms. Snap found their way into Thompson's heart and psyche and we are the better for it. A wonderful format allows us into the life of Hunter S. Thompson in all his contrarian glory. This book is saucy, raunchy, dangerous, poignant, funny and true--well, mostly so. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Caruthers on October 10, 2011
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I've read many of Hunter S. Thompson's books and I've always been intrigued by his persona, or the man behind the myth, so to speak.
Carroll's HUNTER fit the bill perfectly in helping me to understand the real Hunter S. Thompson. Because the author spent time with him, and she includes extensive first-hand interviews with many people who knew him, the book really draws an outstanding portrait of what the guy was really like. This book is well-researched, extremely well-organized and it also has some gonzo moments of its own---it's laugh-out-loud funny more than once. Thompson's amazing and bazaar personality is given a human side in this terrific read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tome Raider VINE VOICE on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book well before the internet came my way, and thus without the benefit of all these negative reviews. Wow, was that lucky! I LOVED this book! It is written in a bizarrely humorous fashion. It essentially mimics (if not mocks) Hunter's writing style,as well as Hunter's paradegenerate personality. It is almost completely fictional (as I recall), and yet it captures all kinds of fundamental truths about HST.

I read this as I was recovering from a surgery, and I would laugh so hard that I thought for sure I was going to rip stitches and spill guts. I later loaned the book out and never saw it again. Only today was I able to identify it again--I recognized the cover. I am totally dumbfounded by all the negative reviews; just goes to show there is no accounting for taste.

I guess if you go into a book expecting one thing and it turns out to be another, disappointment can emerge. So, go into this realizing it is a satire/parody of HST and it makes good-natured fun of him. HST is not a God, for goodness sakes, and the humor here captures the man's well recognized devious personality.

This is out of print, but if you can ever grab a copy, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO SO. This is indeed gonzo reading. I've read a high percentage of stuff by HST and about HST and this is one of the best!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2011
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Noth the whole book. It's the first chapter than a page stating "author is too lazy to go on converting HUNTER into an e-book. To read the rest of the book FREE----yes, free----go to [...]"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kicho Hana on February 2, 2013
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The so called "book" was only a few chapters long, then you were referred to a website where you could go read it in its entirety because the author had not downloaded it all on Kindle. Ridiculous!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ian.berg@sk.sympatico.ca on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Since E. Jean Carroll's biography is rated the worst of available biographies, things are looking very good for my study of the gonzo master. Her fictional accounts of meeting with Hunter are funny and strange much like the events of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Perhaps more interesting to Thompson's fans are the quotes from his friends and colleagues that fill the pages up. Sit back, make yourself a dozen Bloody Marys and have a few laughs. I'm very excited about reading the "superior" biographies after enjoying this one so much.
Anyone who enjoys Hunter's wild scribblings about drugs, politics, and everything else that doesn't matter as much as drugs and politics will get a kick out of this book. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Thompson is well-flattered by this obscenely brilliant biography. Even if you disagree, you can still enjoy the magnifient cover of this book: he's wearing his trademark multicoloured jacket and holding a gun. A fitting tribute to the Good Doctor of Outlaw Journalism.
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