Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial Modern Classics S.)

by Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007204493 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 9/2/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, September 02, 2005
The last of The Times 99p reads, I shall miss these surprise treats on a Monday morning :(

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, October 16, 2008
(14/10) I suppose this is what it is, such a classic visceral study of 'gonzo' journalism, drug abuse, and chasing the American Dream (Thompson's justification for this road-trip?), that it defies criticism or critique. As with On the Road in a previous generation, it has aged badly, although I guess the underlying shiftless, aimless searching for meaning and, almost inevitably, seeking out evermore excess, is destined to be repeated over and over...? So, not a fun read, but rewarding in that it is better to watch a car-crash, even if slo mo with too much graphic detail, than be a involved in the accident first hand.

And so to the film. I was disappointed for 2 reasons, which sound contradictory; firstly the casting of Depp as Thompson/Raoul Duke and a plainly underweight hispanic as his Samoan attorney sidekick was laughable. Secondly, the director seems to follow the book almost slavishly. Surely, such a random mixture of truth and fiction shouldn't be recorded or copied...that negates the whole meaning of gonzo?

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan at Heathrow Airport in Heathrow, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, October 16, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (10/17/2008 UTC) at Heathrow Airport in Heathrow, Greater London United Kingdom

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