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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream - Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

By: Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)

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Published: April 2005
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Stylish reissue of a classic first published in the 1970s: Hunter S Thompson's ether-fuelled, savage journey to the heart of the American Dream.

'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas'

As knights of old buckled on armour of supernatural power, so Hunter S. Thompson enters Las Vegas armed with a veritable arsenal of 'heinous chemicals'. His perilous, drug-enhanced confrontations with casino operators, bartenders, police officers and assorted representatives of the Silent Majority have a hallucinatory humour and nightmare terror never before seen on the printed page.

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5.0

Unbridled, brilliant insanity

By Reagan the Red

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  • Deep Insight
  • Inspiring
  • Twisted
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream:

    Incredibly crafted to show an addled mind and presents a profound question regarding the nature of America and the mind.

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    Truly a savage journey

    By Korosuhito

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    • Deep Insight
    • Great Arguments
    • Stimulates Debate
    • Well Written

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        Comments about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream:

        One of my all-time favourites. Unlike anything I've ever read, Thompson's pseudo-biographical novel is brutally honest, confronting, and often bleakly hilarious. I come back to this book year after year and always find something new I love about it.
        Those unfamiliar with Thompson's style may find Fear and Loathing difficult to follow - the novel lacks a clear narrative and makes frequent segues into the surreal, but perserverance definitely pays off. Leaves me reelng every time.

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        'There are only two adjectives writers care about..."brilliant" and "outrageous". Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them. "Fear and Loathing" is a scorching epochal sensation.' Tom Wolfe 'What goes on in these pages makes Lenny Bruce seem angelic...the whole book boils down to a mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's "An American Dream" left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out.' New York Times

        Hunter S. Thompson

        Hunter S. Thompson is one of the great cultural figures of his generation. His writing spawned a whole genre (Gonzo journalism) and a myriad of imitators, but he remained the first and the finest - a cult figure whose legacy and influence lives on.

        Visit Hunter S. Thompson's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9780007204496
        ISBN-10: 0007204493
        Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 240
        Published: April 2005
        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
        Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.5
        Weight (kg): 0.16