Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

Rating: 9/10

Published: 1972
Number of pages: 204
ISBN: 0007204493

Started: 15 January 2007
Finished: 20 January 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):
Hunter S Thompson is driving to Las Vegas with his attorney, the Samoan, to find the dark side of the American dream. Roaring down the desert highway from Los Angeles, they realise there's only one way to go about such a perilous task: getting very, very twisted. Armed with a drug arsenal of stupendous proportions, the duo engage in a manic, surreal tour of the sleaze capital of the world. Their perilous, chemically-enhanced confrontations with casino operators, police officers and assorted Middle Americans have a hallucinatory humour and nightmare terror. Riotously funny, daringly original and dead serious at its core, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a classic statement on the collapsed dream of the American sixties.

Well, it's just like the blurb says. This book is hilarious. The paranoia of Thompson and his Samoan attorney as they hoon around Las Vegas and try to act 'normal' when they find themselves in the middle of a narcotics conference surrounded by police is very, very funny. This book is a one-of-a-kind, and a fantastic read. Made into a very good movie starring Johnny Depp.

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