Fear and loathing in Las Vegas comedy from the beautiful and insane mind of the one and only Dr. Hunter S Thompson. That’s a doctorate in journalism for anyone not in the know. Published in 1971 the search for the American dream began with only a typewriter, his attorney, a red convertible Chevrolet and a briefcase full of a plethora of drugs. An autobiographical masterpiece of a man so wrapped into the narrative of his work he created and defined a genre of journalism ; Gonzo journalism. Going by the name of Raoul Duke Thompson is accompanied by Dr. Gonzo his attorney. The opening lines of the book and the almost word for word film adaptation set the tone for the wild ride we set out on.
“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold”
The whole book feels like an acid trip that you can’t control and you have to let Dr. Gonzo take the wheel. Not to be just written off as a book about drugs there’s the failure of the 60’s counter culture movement, society, the American dream and yeah the effects of high octane drugs on the body. It’s a wild ride from start to finish, oh yeah and there there to cover the mint 400 motorcycle race. Things take twists and turns almost constantly.
Hunter S Thompson is one of those rare unique people that I’m grateful existed once upon a time on this earth. This is one of my favourite books ever written and it’s a must read.