Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Thompson, Hunter S.

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Records the experiences of a free-lance writer who embarked on a zany journey into the drug culture.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 1998
Edition: Second Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 0679785892
Branch Call Number: 921 Thomp
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 21 cm


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Records the experiences of a free-lance writer who embarked on a zany journey into the drug culture. (catalog description)

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Jan 27, 2015
  • ppink rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 18, 2013
  • slarsenbc rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 02, 2012

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

Sep 24, 2011
  • rpawlick rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

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!

Jul 06, 2010
  • cdfisher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By far my favorite Hunter S. Thompson book. I recommend it to anyone that is wanting to read a book that is on the edge.

Apr 01, 2010
  • Oside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A mad adrenaline rush of drug-fueled craziness. Read it before you're 30.

Jan 22, 2010
  • RatSoup rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time favorite books.

The only book to really make me laugh hysterically.

Oct 27, 2009
  • madlibscientist rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Most people think this book is a work of fiction. Every person I know who have met Hunter Thompson are sure that it is autobiographical. Regardless, you have never read a book about such drug-induced insanity that at the same time is perfectly lucid in its honest search for the "American Dream". Absolutely love this book!


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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.

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

Dec 06, 2007
  • Hadley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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May 14, 2008

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


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