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A pharmacopia of delights,
This review is from: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Paperback)
There is a point when recreational drug use becomes excessive and when excessive becomes self destructive. Hunter S Thompson has clearly risen above such paltry concerns to develop a level of drug consumption that can only be characterised as heroic. This is a crazy, twisted book by a crazy, twisted character. There is a serious side here but its buried under an avalanche of anarchic weirdness. This is not necessarily a bad thing as Thompson surely knows how to write and the anarchic weirdness is never less then captivating. This is one of the funniest things I have read in many years even if the humour is occasionally, infact often, pretty sick. These are not attractive characters but Thompson (or alter ego Raoul Duke) is reflective enough to be just about sympathetic whereas Dr Gonzo is simply one of the great literary monsters of the age.
This is subtitled as a ‘Savage journey into the Heart of the American Dream’ and Thompson routinely savages many of the myths that America builds up around itself. This perhaps is the Fear and Loathing as much as the drug induced paranoia. Interesting though this side of things is and valid though the insights are here Fear and Loathing has no real depth and social commentary takes second place to the aforementioned narcotic heroism. A hugely entertaining read that for all its insanity manages to have the ring of truth about it.