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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

evybee93, January 3, 2012

Hunter S. Thompson's memoir Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, pivots around Thompson, a magazine writer, and his attorney on a quest to Las Vegas to cover a massive motorcycle race as well as a Law Enforcement convention. He is given $300 intended for travel costs, however he spends it on a suitcase full of body and mind altering drugs. Through Thompson’s unique writing style, adventures and crazy quests are beautifully illustrated, and the reader is immediately sucked into his very bizarre experiences.
Threading through a series of wild experiences on this journey comes Thompson’s insights on America in the 1970’s, the Vietnam War in progress, the peak and soon after, decline of war counter-culture, and the reign of Nixon. All three of these events, among others of this decade, are highlighted throughout the memoir, as sort of an overriding plot line. Along with this plot comes Thompson’s quest for the American dream, which he seems to think is within the mayhem of Las Vegas. Though sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate Thompson’s reality from his drug-induced visions, the defining themes of Las Vegas such as superficiality and magnificence, hope and despair, etcetera, are prevalent throughout the book. As for Thompson’s hallucinations, well they just give the reader a bit of a twist.
Personally, my absolute favorite aspect of this book was having the ability to see through Thompson’s perspective, giving me a whole new look at the nation in a crossroad. Judging by the cover, this book looks to be just another 1960’s psychedelic rebellion novel, but the emphasized political aspect go far beyond expectations, making it a must read for any American history enthusiast who loves a good twist.
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