Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson

  • Release Date: 1989-07-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Now  a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

Reviews

  • Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

    5
    By Losa 44
    One of the best books I have ever read. I can't believe how amazing this book was.
  • No sympathy for the devil, indeed

    5
    By Colbster0628
    As a shameful admission, on my part, this is the first book I've actually finished, end-to-end, in almost four years. I think I am going to read it again. Thanks, Hunter. This really is a literary treasure.
  • HST: FLLV

    5
    By Bcgx7777777777
    Captivating and interesting...
  • Savage and witty

    5
    By TristansHaze
    I've been a Thompson fan for a very long time, and read most of his books, but this is my favorite one. The Terry Gilliam movie version is greatly entertaining but this outshines it by at least 100%, and it is mostly because of the commentary and savage wit. The sense of disillusionment, the horror at the disgusting "respectable "people who populate Vegas at that time and the realization the sixties really are over -- it comes through clear as a death-knell. Read it, but only if you have true grit.
  • Amazing

    5
    By eitRreD
    Amazing
  • Look through the haze

    5
    By NPRlistener90
    I recently read The Rum Diary and enjoyed it. It was my first exposure to HST and his writing style. I had always heard about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but just never picked up. I don't know why it took me so long. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Thompson's style and wit are fully developed, rapid, incredibly thoughtful and hilarious! Told through a multi-day binge of drugs, alcohol and numerous other substances (including grapefruits) Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr. Gonzo set out to chase the allusive "American dream". Many may jump to the conclusion that Fear and Loathing is simply a drugged out ode to excess. While this conclusion is not unfounded, it is more than that. Through the hazy eyes of Duke we see America more clearly. For better or for worse...
  • Fantastic

    5
    By HipsterHill
    This book gives the reader excellent social commentary on the failed love revolution of the late nineteen-sixties, to the back drop of an over zealous drug indulged search for the american dream, in the heart of Las Vegas. This book is reflective, humorous, thought provoking, and completely insane. I recommend this book to anyone willing to ride it out.
  • Loved it

    5
    By Nate Gann
    A great book and classic thompson perfectly copied for reading on my iPhone.
  • The thinking man's acid trip.

    5
    By Grendel321
    A manic, perverted, suicidal joyride straight into the greasy caricature of Americana that is Las Vegas. Fun for the whole family!
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Beansiee
    His writing style is crazy. I started to watch the movie once but passed out. If you haven't seen the movie it's a great book. Not sure how they compare...