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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (27 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271296
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Hill on 23 Nov. 2011
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This isn't really a proper biography. It's a bit of a gimmick, writing about Hunter Thompson in the style of Hunter Thompson. I'd say download the free sample and if you're into this sort of thing then buy the book. It doesn't cost much. But for me, I just couldn't be bothered with it.
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By mal on 14 Dec. 2014
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I thought this was going to be about Hunter S Thompson's life. The writer wrote as if she was Hunter S Thompson. Disappointed.
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By Robert Kerrigan on 26 Dec. 2011
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My first Kindle purchase and I get ripped off! Only has a few chapters then a link to a (free) download.
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Just a sample on the Kindle... not the full book 19 Dec. 2011
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Maybe I just misread the product description, but I felt like the way this book listed in the Kindle marketplace it would have been the full text and was inclined to make the awesomely priced $1.99 purchase. However, as I started reading the book only about 50 pages later did I come across a message stating, "This is the end of the Kindle edition of this book, you can read the full book for free online." I would have gladly paid $5 to read the full book on my kindle, rather than have to go to the website, waste $2 on a product that I will likely not finish now.

The book itself so far seems fairly interesting, if not a little disjointed, and is a Hunter bio written in the gonzo style.

I'd recommend just checking this book out for free online (can do a Google search to find it), if you are interested in reading it, and pick up a Hunter S. Thompson classic on your Kindle instead.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best HST bio there is 10 Oct. 2011
By Joe Porletto - Published on Amazon.com
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Hunter S. Thompson has been my favorite author since I was a teen, and once I read through all of his works I needed more. I started checking out the various biographies written about the famous "Gonzo" journalist, but found a lot of them lacking in real detail. None of them had the emotional connection or insight into Hunter, one of America's most creative and original writers. Then I read HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson. The author's personal connection to Hunter may just be the reason why this biography stands out among the rest. I find myself going back to it frequently and rereading sections that give me a clearer and deeper understanding about the events and circumstances in Hunter's life that shaped him into the incredible, prolific writer he became. I have the original hard copy and now picked it up for my Kindle as well. Highly recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
strange life, indeed 10 Oct. 2011
By E. Bertelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a fan of E. Jean Carroll's work and with HUNTER she outdid herself. E. Jean and Ms. Snap found their way into Thompson's heart and psyche and we are the better for it. A wonderful format allows us into the life of Hunter S. Thompson in all his contrarian glory. This book is saucy, raunchy, dangerous, poignant, funny and true--well, mostly so. Enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Meet the man behind the myth 10 Oct. 2011
By Gavin Caruthers - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read many of Hunter S. Thompson's books and I've always been intrigued by his persona, or the man behind the myth, so to speak.
Carroll's HUNTER fit the bill perfectly in helping me to understand the real Hunter S. Thompson. Because the author spent time with him, and she includes extensive first-hand interviews with many people who knew him, the book really draws an outstanding portrait of what the guy was really like. This book is well-researched, extremely well-organized and it also has some gonzo moments of its own---it's laugh-out-loud funny more than once. Thompson's amazing and bazaar personality is given a human side in this terrific read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Insanely Funny!!! 20 Jan. 2009
By Tome Raider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book well before the internet came my way, and thus without the benefit of all these negative reviews. Wow, was that lucky! I LOVED this book! It is written in a bizarrely humorous fashion. It essentially mimics (if not mocks) Hunter's writing style,as well as Hunter's paradegenerate personality. It is almost completely fictional (as I recall), and yet it captures all kinds of fundamental truths about HST.

I read this as I was recovering from a surgery, and I would laugh so hard that I thought for sure I was going to rip stitches and spill guts. I later loaned the book out and never saw it again. Only today was I able to identify it again--I recognized the cover. I am totally dumbfounded by all the negative reviews; just goes to show there is no accounting for taste.

I guess if you go into a book expecting one thing and it turns out to be another, disappointment can emerge. So, go into this realizing it is a satire/parody of HST and it makes good-natured fun of him. HST is not a God, for goodness sakes, and the humor here captures the man's well recognized devious personality.

This is out of print, but if you can ever grab a copy, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO SO. This is indeed gonzo reading. I've read a high percentage of stuff by HST and about HST and this is one of the best!
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