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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More strange tales of altered perception, hi-jinks & journalism. Adventures that rival "Fear & Loathing" detailed in savage introspection. Read morePublished 13 days ago by J.W.Young
All of his works from magazines and newspapers, tons of individual stories, like having 100 fear and loathing in las vegas'Published 1 month ago by Alan katz
I read this as a text in college, then again for fun a few years later… and now, 30 years later, out it pops again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert L. Yehling
As a fan of Dr. HST, this is fantastic. It's a collection of his writings, some of which are just hilarious or really insightful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rockout19
Terrific read and many Thompson works combined in one place. Love this book!Published 2 months ago by Doug G
This is a great book to just have laying around to pick up and read a different story every time. Full of documentation of Thompson's life of work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bradley aaron clark
If you're a fan of the good Dr then you most definitely need to read this book if you have not yet.Published 4 months ago by Jessica Smith