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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0679602984
ISBN-13: 9780679602989
Sku: 30317141
Publish Date: 5/1/1998
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
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Contains the journalists classic account of his visit to Las Vegas, and includes three companion pieces *Author: Thompson, Hunter S./ Steadman, Ralph (ILT) *Series Title: Modern Library *Publication Date: 1998/05/01 *Number of Pages: 283 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompsons savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writers account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the final word on the highs and lows of that decade, one of the defining works of our time, and a stylistic and journalistic tour de force. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in The New York Times, it has "a kind of mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailers An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out."????????This Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loath-ing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Deca-dent and Depraved."Thompson's legendary tale of excess. The long-awaited feature film promises to be one of the most talked-about movies of the season, starring Johnny Depp.Contains the journalist's classic account of his visit to Las Vegas, and includes three companion pieces
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A classic of American journalism from the aftermath of the '60s. Hunter Thompson's chronicle of his life on the road and on drugs was originally published serially in "Rolling Stone" in 1971, and earned him the title of "Gonzo journalist."A classic of American journalism from the aftermath of the '60s, Hunter S. Thompson's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, the chronicle of his life on the road and on drugs, was originally published serially in Rolling Stone in 1971. Dubbing himself a "Gonzo journalist," Thompson devoted his entire career to defining that term as a reporter whose subjectivity is complete and unabashed--the reverse of the traditions of journalism--and who glories in his own savage, rule-breaking nuttiness. In FEAR AND LOATHING, Raoul Duke (Thompson's alter ego) and his lawyer drive to L.A. in a rented red Chevy convertible to cover a motorcycle race. They are actually, Duke tells us, in pursuit of the American Dream. But, from the memorable and oft-quoted opening sentence ("We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold") to the inventory of drugs hidden in the Chevy's trunk (grass, mescaline, blotter acid, cocaine, "and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers," plus a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls), Thompson's demented travelogue never lets up on the intensity of its criticism of a country where the American Dream is long-gone, the police-state mentality rules, and only drugs and laughter make sense. The whole mad adventure, illustrated with Ralph Steadman's grotesquely hilarious drawings, achieves an unexpected poignancy as an illustration of the book's epigraph, from Samuel Johnson: "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"The best book on the dope decade."

London Review of Books
"[A] warped successor to Kerouac's 'On the Road'." - Hari Kunzru 10/15/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Modern Library
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