Dr. Thompson made the list of inspirational scribes when I polled in a recent writing workshop, and why not? Back in a spiffy Modern Library edition, replete with additional essays, I find in this iconographic work that HST both invoked--and provoked--an era that was not so much the '60s proper, but rather the mean, shadow-filled death of that time, which is still playing out. Thank God Thompson was there to explode the myth of "objective" journalism and help pave the way for the pens and voices that followed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the final word on the highs and lows of that decade, one of the defining works of our time, and a stylistic and journalistic tour de force. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in The New York Times, it has "a kind of mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out."
This Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loath-
ing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Deca-
dent and Depraved."
The book itself is a classic in it's own right. My major complaint is that I ordered a new hardback copy and was disappointed when I found several pages with black ink stains from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John D Sorensen
This I feel is Gonzo's best work and depicts a moment in time when excess was the normal. Hunter S. Thompson was a nut and this story gives us a glimpse into his madness.Published 2 months ago by Craig Zamboni
What else is there to say about this book? It's a literary masterpiece and everyone should read it.
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Edition being reviewed: The Modern Library edition copyright 1996.
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Well, I was 15 when I first read this book, and thank god for it. Thompson gave me the balls to try hallucinogens, and the experience of them have made a more empathetic and aware... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Starcraft2formerfan