Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1971.
Edition: 2nd Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780679785897
0679785892
Branch Call Number: 917.93 Thompson
Characteristics: 204 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Steadman, Ralph
Alternative Title: Fear & loathing in Las Vegas

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maiki69
Jul 24, 2020

From the opening line to the closing paragraph, this book chronicles how many elicit drugs a man can get away with pumping into his system. Far from the mindless ramblings one might expect from such an account, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Warner Books, $3.95) is highly entertaining, wildly psychedelic and a damn good piece of work. It's the Grateful Dead on a gambling junket. Groovily illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1971 - 4.08

CarleeMcDot Oct 19, 2018

Near where we were staying in Hawaii I noticed a "little free library". Near the end of our trip I had already finished the majority of the books I brought with me (before leaving I struggled with how many to bring, eventually deciding to stick with four, but probably should have thrown another in my luggage) so stopped by to see if anything would grab my eye. I ended up picking up this book (along with another) because the hubby had recently been talking about wanting to re-watch the movie. I had never seen the movie (and actually didn't even know what it was about) so grabbed the book. I ended up starting it on the flight back home and had about 50 pages to go by the time we got back to SoCal. Let's just say this book wasn't my cup of tea. It is literally 200ish pages of two drug induced trips to Las Vegas. It was a bit hard to follow in spots because of all the shenanigans going down, but I was eventually able to finish it. Maybe had I known what the book was about I may have been able to brace myself for it a little more but who knows. I ended up seeing it through to the end, but it definitely isn't my kind of book (although I would be interested in seeing the movie). I would give it a 5 out of 10.

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MplsTA
May 07, 2018

Ignore the movies and read this book. Some laugh out loud moments .

There will always be a certain amount of rambling in a Hunter Thompson book but it's worth sifting through.

Heavy on the drugs but even if you don't enjoy drug humor you will enjoy this book.

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flygt
Dec 08, 2016

I loved it. A hilarious drug crazed adventure.

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anaemic
Oct 10, 2013

I read this book after seeing the movie.
I enjoyed the book more, but the movie is very good too.
Well written and full of great quotes.

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slarsenbc
May 18, 2013

Mostly bragging about his drug and alcohol prowess. A bit of a peek into a bygone era, but otherwise not a lot to recommend it.

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bookwormjeph
Oct 02, 2012

better than the movie. hunter is an acquired taste but well worth persevering with.

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rpawlick
Sep 24, 2011

I didn't enjoy this book. Maybe I missed the point. I found it was a little ironic and humorous at points, but mostly about two people wasting money and time and their lives. It is a shame people live like this and scary. No wonder people get killed on the roads and highways with things like this happening...innocent people.

debwalker Mar 09, 2011

Heart that Johnny Depp's performance in Rango is an homage to Hunter S. Thompson as Depp played him in the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Definite resemblence between Rango and the cover art on the book!

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maiki69
Jul 24, 2020

[FEAR AND LOATHING] chronicles how many elicit drugs a man can pump into his system and still function . . .
http://www.penhead.org/

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Batman
May 13, 2008

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into locked a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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Batman
May 13, 2008

You can turn your back on a person, but, never turn your back on a drug. Especially when it's waving a razor-sharp hunting knife in your eye

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Hadley
Dec 06, 2007

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive...." 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.

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maiki69
Jul 24, 2020

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Warner Books, $3.95) is highly entertaining, wildly psychedelic and a damn good piece of work. It's the Grateful Dead on a gambling junket. With groovy illustrations by Ralph Steadman, it chronicles how many elicit drugs a man can pump into his system and still function ("function", liberally applied). Far from the mindless ramblings one might expect from such an account, it's imbued with Thompson's unique philosophies on life, auto racing and cops.

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Batman
May 13, 2008

the eccentric, drug-addled, epic writer, goes on a mission to write about a desert race in vegas.

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May 13, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Batman
May 13, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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