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Las Vegas parano (1971)

par Hunter S. Thompson

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In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior--for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.… (plus d'informations)
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I remember reading about Thompson way back during my O-levels. His 'gonzo' style of writing - mixing reality and fiction together in a journalistic style - was fascinating. I was also intrigued by the movie starring Johnny Depp. It was all over Reddit, and people would constantly gush over it.

So, here I am, more than a decade later, finally checking out the book the movie's based on, and damn, what a ride it was! Initially, it felt more like a fever dream than reality, especially the events leading up to the race. The antics he and his 'attorney' get up to were hilarious and sad at the same time, mostly in the way they con their way through Las Vegas (and an assortment of characters).

The writing hit that sweet spot between being self-aware and absurd. He knows what he's talking about; he also knows what he's talking about is utterly ridiculous and nihilistic to the point Nietzsche would blush. Finding the elusive 'American Dream' is exactly that - a fading reality and a dream that was crushed much earlier. But more than that, I enjoyed his depiction of the police conference - the irony there was simply too much.

Of course, as I read more about the book (and how it came to be), I understood why and where its gonzo style comes from. Thompson himself noted that much of the drug-fuelled rampages he and his attorney go on in the book is fiction and that they were sober at the time. There are also sequences that were complete fiction (understandable) though much of the story is true or exaggerated from what actually happened.

Thompson has written a lot more since then and given fascinating interviews. Sadly, he took his own life at the age of 67, leaving behind this note: "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt."

Long live Thompson. No one will replace or can even emulate you. Now, go read the damn book you filthy degenerate. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
a surreal and twisted bender/odyssey ( )
  Caleb67 | Aug 23, 2021 |
It was 50 years ago that this book was published. I thought that was as good an excuse as any to read it in 2021. I remember 1971 pretty well--it was the year I graduated from high school and started university. But Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba were a far cry from Las Vegas and so I can't really compare my experiences with Hunter S. Thompson's or his alter ego Raoul Duke.

Duke and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, travelled from LA to Las Vegas to cover a race in the desert called the Mint 400. Thompson and his lawyer, Oscar Acosta, did travel to Las Vegas in 1971 to cover the Mint 400. In the book what follows is a drug and drink blow out and Duke and Dr. Gonzo never learned who won the race. They blow all the advance money from the magazine to buy more intoxicants and explore all the corners of Las Vegas. The subtitle of the book is "A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream". In a suburb of Las Vegas they are directed to the site of a nightclub that is supposed to be the American Dream; the nightclub burned down in 1968 and the rubble is all that is to be found on the lot. The novel continues until both Dr. Gonzo and Duke take airplanes away from Las Vegas having imbibed all the intoxicants they had brought with them and bought while there. They had numerous odd encounters with other hotel guests and hotel workers and casino workers and an ape almost makes it into the action as well. The whole book is sprinkled with illustrations by Ralph Steadman that embody the surreal aspects of the novel.

According to an article by David S. Wills in Quillette the drug and booze fuelled escapades never really happened. This is a novel but who knows--what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas after all. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 15, 2021 |
This is my favorite book by any American author, ever. I'm not entirely sure why, either. Perhaps because it's so accurately describes the time period in which it is written. ( )
  smallerdemon | Jul 5, 2021 |
I’ve been waiting for ten plus years to read this book and maybe the anticipation killed my enjoy, because I was definitely underwhelmed by the whole thing. I should have read this back when I was still in high school and jazzed from watching the movie. A lot of this was just ... meh? And not a lot of meaningful commentary on anything. But a lot of drugs and very poor life decisions, so if you like that, definitely read FEAR AND LOATHING. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
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"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a number of things, most of them elusive on first reading and illusory thereafter. A solid second act by the author of "Hell's Angels," it is an apposite gloss on the more history-laden rock lyrics ("to live outside the law you must be honest")
 

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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. And a voice was screaming, 'Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?'
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What were we doing out here? What was the meaning of this trip? Did I actually have a big red convertible out there on the street? was I just roaming around these Mint Hotel escalators in a drug frenzy of some kind, or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story?
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All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped to create...a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody-or at least some force-is tending the Light at the end of the tunnel.
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Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.
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