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18 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Originally posted by audrey_e at 18 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
18 FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Hunter S. Thompson (US, 1971)


The narrator and his lawyer drive to Las Vegas in order to write an article on a major sports event, but all they care about is doing drugs.

As much as the ideas behind Gonzo journalism are interesting, I was not as impressed by this book as I wanted.
While the descriptions of the effects of drugs are very vivid, and the dialogues impeccable, this entire book felt pointless. Often times I felt like saying "those drugs are crazy, I get it. But what else do you have to say?"
I think that writers such as Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney do a better job at capturing a generation and making social commentaries when they write about drugs than Thompson.
Perhaps Thompson belonged to a generation I understand less, and I have to give him credit for being one of the first to go to such extremes in his descriptions.
I still think the book is far superior to the film; the latter being close to unwatchable.


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