What a strange book! I felt that I just had to read this book because of its infamy, and I'm glad I finally did. It was an entertaining book to read in little snippets, but much too weird to read in one sitting. The illustrations by Ralph Steadman were great!
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is an absurd adventure in 1970s Sin City. First-person narrator Duke and his attorney are on drugs the entire time from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, resulting in violent, extreme, and illegal behavior. The strange illustrations reflect the tone and vividness of their drug-induced psychosis and paranoia. Hunter S. Thompson does a marvelous job expressing these; perhaps that is why this novel is on the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
HST was my introduction to cult fiction. He has a talent for conveying the human experience and he does it in a way that only he can. His language is hilarious and his observations poignant. In his own strange way he shows that the American Dream is only an illusion and more akin to a nightmare.
I understand why some people don't get this book (squares lol) but HST nails the trippy drug frenzy on the head (no doubt from his many, many years of experience). It is so penetrating, in fact, I can understand and relate to his psychadelic journey.
Upon my third time reading this, I'm not sure I have the same sense of satisfaction finishing it as I have in past years. As much as I enjoyed his story- telling, I am not as tickled. He is still a great author. This is still a great work. Perhaps I'm just not the person I was once. For me, this will always be a 5 star book in it's own way.
"Too strange to live, too rare to die." RIP HST