on 1 December 2002
Truman Capote thought that The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved was the best thing that Hunter Thompson did, and that he was better than Tom Wolfe ("but more eratic"). It was also the first Gonzo piece he did. And the first collaboration with Ralph Steadman. Everyone else of course thinks that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Thompson's best work, so you can't go wrong here really. This is probrably the best introduction to Hunter S. THompson's writing. Not only is it extremely funny, it's actually very poignant. These works created a revolution in journalism and blew Tom Wolfe's New Journalism clean out of the water. Infact nobody has really come close to acheiving "Gonzo" status since. Nobody else could survive it. Hunter S. Thompson is decadent and depraved.
on 9 July 2007
This is a story of a renegade journalist: Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) who goes on a drugged fuelled burn along the Las Vegas strip!!
His style of writing is like no other, and though he exaggerates detail, he's able portray things how they are. Hunter is able to write in a way that gives you a real sense of what it is like to be there, which is no small feet considering how distorted things get!
The film that people might be familiar with (starring Johnny Depp) uses over 90% of the lines from the book. So anyone that has seen the film and goes onto the book will often hear Johnny Depp's voice narrating the story.
This book is an absolute must read for everybody! This book is a simple and addictive read that can be read by anybody!!
My favourite quote is "Las Vegas isn't a town for psychedelic drugs; reality it seems is much to twisted"
on 20 November 1998
When someone mentions Hunter S. Thompson, the almost immediate reponse is "Oh, yeh - the Fear and Loathing guy." To review that piece in 1998 is perhaps too little too late, but a glance at this volume, which matches the original with "Jacket Copy" and "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," is in order because of its complete vision of Thompson's style and purpose. What "Fear and Loathing" delivers is what was promised by "Kentucky Derby," and what it fails to tell you is what is filled-in by "Jacket Copy." For those interested in reading "Fear and Loathing," today, this package will give perspective on the times and reinforce the power of the original work.
on 3 August 1998
Hunter Thompson, master of the literary word, proves in this single work, that he is a true genius. This book is not so much a read, as it is a ride. He takes us through a wild, and twisted journey through Las Vegas in search of the American Dream, through the eyes of Raoul Duke, along with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo. This is a terrific book, and without a doubt, should've been number 1 on the list of the all time greats. Hunter is a master. As Raoul Duke once said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."