The Curse of Lono Paperback – 1 Nov 1983
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About the Author
Ralph Steadman is best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson. He is also a printmaker (his prints include a series of etchings on writers from William Shakespeare to William Burroughs). His own books include the lives of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci and The Big I Am, the story of God.
Legendary author Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) developed a style of writing about American life and politics that was so acerbic and over-the-top, it earned its own nickname: gonzo journalism. His magazine articles and books of which he penned nearly a dozen, including Hell's Angels, The Rum Diary, Songs for the Doomed, The Great Shark Hunt, and the monumental Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas influenced a generation of writers and established his voice as an essential part of America s socio-political fabric. Portrayed on the silver screen by Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980) and Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998), Thompson was a wild character whose persona was inseparable from his often semi-autobiographical writing. True to his image, he once said, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Hunter covers a marathon in Hawaii and some how manages to press gang Ralph and his family into helping him figure out this 'running thing'. The site of several thousand Japanese running past Pearl harbour on the 7 December (the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour) is not lost on our intrepid reporter. However, the marathon soon takes second place as Hunter embarks on a mad adventure that includes a cast of: fishermen, transvestites, real estate agents, the usual assortment of drug users and Lono (the Hawaiian god of excess and abundance).
This brilliantly underrated book is a must read for any Thompson fan and if your not a Thompson fan you soon will be once you read this book.
I would give this book ten stars if I could.
I had chores to be finished (an ideal, not a necessity), but the sun was out and I'm easily led...
What to do, what to do..?? [finger drum, finger drum.].
Then it came to me... I thought I haven't read any Hunter S. Thompson in ages.!!
Be a shame to miss such a golden opportunity on such a nice day.?!
So that's when I went to Tesco's wearing my ugliest Hawaiian shirt, in search of rum!!...
In this particular expose, the year of our lord is 1980, and Hunter is employed to travel to Hawaii in order to cover The Honolulu Marathon on behalf of a running magazine called...errr... 'Running'! Whilst there he decides it will be a good idea to cover a big wave surf competition, go on some big game fishing trips, and as usual, take time to discover and embrace the locals, their customs and their environ..
On taking the assignment Hunter also brings along his wife and kids and then ropes in Ralph Steadman ~ his good friend and illustrator of his journalistic adventures ~ and his family too..
After all what could be more relaxing than a one month all expenses paid trip to Hawaii?
So armed with the travel journals/diaries of Mark Twain, Captain Cook and some other explorers I can't remember, the intrepid Hunter (with his type writer under his arm), gets aboard his aeroplane and heads for America's 50th state..
Once there though Hunter soon discovers that all is not well. That Ralph has been involved in an accident, innocently cracking his back on some corral whilst paddling, and that the locals are an aggressive cavalcade of liars.Read more ›
This is a large book, approx A3 in size and is a great talking point just left of the coffee table. I love seeing people's faces as they flick through looking at the pictures wondering that it is about
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read this on its original publication so this was a great blast from the past. Thompson & Steadman at their anarchic best. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Allan Matusevics
Overall a good read although quite short in terms of length but very good illustrations by the artist ralph steadman & quality storytelling by the doctor(r.i.p)Published 8 months ago by Eric Thomas Robinson
Sublime book and a visual feast. I actually think it would a great gift for someone who enjoys the work either Thompson or Steadman. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic, outstanding, a twisted acid-head's party in Hawaii with only the weather and spirits to contend with..Published 13 months ago by Dex
One of Thompsons most thematically interesting and cohesive books, ...Lono benefits from some beautiful illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mr r a melville