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

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679785897
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2000
Edition description: 2nd Vintage Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 420
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. 

The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono(1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).

Date of Birth:

July 18, 1937

Date of Death:

February 20, 2005

Place of Birth:

Louisville, Kentucky

Place of Death:

Woody Creek, Colorado


U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged in 1957

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 322 reviews.
Billy0 More than 1 year ago
One book that contains everything about freedom and chasing a dream metaphorically. Fear and loathing in las vegas contains excitement, extreme drug use, and a baseline for the "American Dream" Not only did the plot story strongly interest the reader, but the metaphoric ending contains truth and revelation.
S_Duke More than 1 year ago
... read the book. There are parts in here that were not put on the screen, and you get to be inside the head of R Duke. What better way to spend a few hours than to dance around the streets of Vegas while tripping your *** off. And besides, who better to tell the tale than Hunter? He has a wonderful way with words, and the scenes he paints jump off the page with vibrant color. Again, read this book even if you've seen the movie. It's a better ride. Just bring some golf shoes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that 'defined a generation', as many have put it. and after reading it i only wish i could have been there to experience the time Thompson is talking about. this piece of literature shows and describes everything you want to know about the dope decade in utter extravagance and is a shear testimony to the power of literature. the words are as precise and impenetrable as you could ever find and the ideas set forth provoke visions in the reader's mind that transcend anything that could be told to you by some one who was actually there. i'm not sure if i read a book or 204 pages of a man proving that you can talk about a psychedelic drug trip in a way that makes the reader feel like they are having the trip, themselves. this book dedicates itself to the idea and conviction that people can still write incredibly well and forces the reader to not only think about the time the literature is speaking of, but also their time and what they will do with it. 'Just another freak in the freak kingdom.' Thompson not only certifies this as true but also proves to the audience that he is not just a freak, but another genius in the realm of the written word and that nothing can take that reputation away from a person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the movie and now the book is AMAZING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
funny as heck. Very well written in most parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is short, bt very well written. The book starts off great and ends great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' is a must read for anyone interested in the 'other side' of journalism. HST captures his take on the 'American Dream' in both real and surreal senses of it. Full of laughs and different takes onb true events this book isn't for the close minded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book! Hunter S. Thompson has created a masterpiece that will go down in history as one of the best American Classics. Never before have I read anything like him. He is an original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely should be read by everyone
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mhaley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listening to the book takes the rating from a 4 to a 5. If you've read this work before, go for it again in the audio version from Recorded Books.
queensheherezade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a ride! I devoured this book while on my train commutes to & from my drab inner-city law firm office in 2008. It was during a particularly dark period of my life that I read this book and I found that it cheered me up to no end. I even found myself forgetting to eat my lunch in my precious 20 minute lunch breaks on account of this book. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is bizarre beyond words and wildly funny in a dark kind of way. I also loved the movie, surprisingly faithful to the book, especially the part where they are sitting in the bar and everyone seems to morph into monster lizards. Brilliant book, mind the bats.
EnriqueFreeque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should be absolutely 100% appalled by this book. I should be outraged! I should be steamed! Fear & Loathing's wanton, unapologetic depictions of controlled substance binges and boozy ennui masquerading as "Gonzo" journalism should be an affront to my moral sensibilities. Is getting pulled over for a DUI off I-15 in Baker, CA, and convincing the CA Highway Patrol to let you off with a warning based on the stipulation that you pull into the rest stop up ahead and sleep it off any laughing matter? Yes (I mean no; no!) it isnt! So why am I in tears? There's nothing funny about drunk driving -- unless, that is, Hunter S. Thompson's the one sitting sauced behind the wheel.Am I bad person for impersonating a hyena (explosions of spittle spewing over my paperback copy of Fear & Loathing I addictively consumed in one sitting) when Hunter attends the anti-drug conference in Vegas and shows up in his sleep deprived, rowdy rancourous self and interacts with police officers, engaging the more gullible cops with ludicrous conversations about drugs & drug enforcement, while completely stoned on dope; out of his freaking mind on a cocktail of drugs ranging from shrooms to blow to mescaline and who knows what all else? He mocks the anti-drug movement merely by appearing at the conference. Can't the cops, experts in drug detection & prevention, tell there's a raving drug abuser in their midst? And as bad of a bad boy Hunter S. Thompson behaves, what about his lawyer instigating the entire sordid mess, and encouraging Hunter's highs in the first place? How did Hunter get away with so much irresponsible behavior and, rather than scold him for it, make us readers want to mimic his depraved attorney and belch out, "Party on Hunter! Go for it! Gonzo gonzo all the way!"How can such a good book like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas be so bad? I feel guilty for loving & adoring it so much. I think I should be arrested for giving it 5 stars. I cannot and will not recommend it (my morality trumps Hunter in the end), though I think you'd be a fool not to read it.
takieya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas is strange and entertaining romp through the eyes of a man on massive amounts of drugs, travelling through the already colourful city of Las Vegas. Definitely an interesting look into drug culture, and well worth the read.A most enjoyable and entertaining read¿ This was my first time reading Thompson, and I will most certainly be checking out some of his other works in the near future.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Getting to the bottom of this topsy-turvy American dream novel takes perseverence and a little patience but it's very much worth the effort in the end and the journey can be a lot of fun.
martyr13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trippy book, with crude, but appropriate illustrations, and laugh out loud absurd situations.
nm.fall07.k.smith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is psychodelic, wild, trippy, view of the true American dope era. It is a bit confusing, leaving you to feel it will only be understanable if you were on the drug the characters are on.
Katie_H on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A dark comedy, "Fear & Loathing" is the wild and crazy ride of journalist, Raoul Duke, and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, who are in search of the American Dream in Las Vegas, circa 1971. They journey to Sin City intending to cover a motorcycle race, but their journey becomes insanity as they partake of every drug under the sun...LSD, mescaline, ether, alcohol, marijuana, pills, etc, etc, etc. The author's descriptions of the drug induced adventure are both bizarre and hilarious. I didn't love the book as much as others have, but I can appreciate the rave reviews. It's a mad and wacky read that will probably appeal most to the "dazed and confused" crowd.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A screaming comes across the desert....Well this book is not Pynchon, but it is rousing tell of two drug addled gonzos who wander in and out of trouble (mostly in) in Las Vegas in the early 70s. The drugs though are a backdrop to Thompson's cutting commentary and America and the American Dream. He is living, and wants to shock you into living it as well. That makes his suicide even more painful.
zmobie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this, utterly fascinating and very insightful. At times I found it laugh-out-loud funny, which is rare in most all books I read.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
dazy and funny.. hard to put down with his ferocious writing. Very quotable, very good.
bookishjoxer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, just alot of babbling and I think I did better watching the movie because it wasn't so in your face on and on and on.
brettjames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Generally speaking, Hunter S. Thompson may not be for everyone, but if you haven't read this book, you shouldn't have an opinion on him. I'll give you mine: he's an incredibly talented writer whose description of a piece of black paper would be enthralling.
LilyHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this novel - an absolute classic. I read it probably once a year without fail.
jackichan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun read, though the movie did Thompson's work more justice.