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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Thompson, Hunter S. - Finished Sep 29, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

A gonzo journalist and his ‘attorney’ go on an outrageous drug fueled bender through Las Vegas, capturing the disillusionment of the 70’s in his hunt for the American Dream.

Impressions

These guys know how to party. In their rampage, they wreck cars, trash hotel rooms, and crash a DEA conference all while mixing too many drugs to count, including mescaline, LSD, coke, tequila and many others. They never seem to face any consequences, and in a weird way it seems almost glamorous. For the first half of the book, I was laughing out loud on every other page. However, by the end, I felt stressed and strung out, and I think I got the message.

Hunter S. Thompson is a fascinating figure. He pioneered Gonzo Journalism, in which journalists write in first person and can write fiction as long as it contains truth. In a way, this novel is a window into his life. I read about a writer who jumped into a burning building to rescue his unpublished love. Thompson seems like the kind of person who would light the building on fire to try out running into it. He is bold and authentic, and although people agree that he was a huge asshole, he is an artist.

Final Thoughts

Las Vegas is the tackiest city in the world.

Favorite Quote

“Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator!”