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The Curse of Lono Paperback – 1 Nov 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1 Nov. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553013874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553013870
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The illustrator:
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.

The author:

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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Format: Paperback
Combine Hunter S Thompson's fluid gonzo style and Ralph Steadman's caustic art and you have an adventure book in the mould of Treasure Island (on acid).
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.
BRILLIANT
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Yesterday was the penultimate day of my two week holiday.. What to do, what to do?
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.
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Being a huge HST fan this book was a must buy for me. The story is the roller coaster of laughs you expect from HST and the book is beautifully illustrated by the magnificent Ralph Steidman.

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
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Finally available in an affordable package which is still pretty high quality. Thick paper to show off Steadman's art and the lost story of Lono finally released and so Hawaiian mythology can rest easy. This one is slightly smaller than previous editions but still large enough not to carry on the bus. A long trip with Thompson and Steadman as travel buddies worthy of several reads. Free historical accounts of Cook included.
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Despite that fact that he was most likely a deplorable human being, terribly company, a risk and a liability, there is very little not to love about Hunter S Thompson. This account of his time on Hawaii with Ralph Steadman is essential reading for all Hunter fans, it builds in the usual Hunter way as he gets too involved in his own story, peaks with the weather and ends beautifully, yet doesn't leave a hangover, only a mild come down when you remember that he is no more, and that the world is lacking on of it's greatest writers.
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Definitely a must have item for any gonzo fan.The writing is as good as anything HST did and Ralph Steadman's illustrations are a joy to behold.The story is set in Hawaii where Ralph and HST are to cover a Marathon in Honolulu and then retreat for a holiday in Kona.Inevitably general madness ensues with a cast of desperate characters pushed to the edge in a tale of impending doom and substance abuse,in the face of a tropical storm.Why this book was never published in a more accessible format is strange,but it may have something to do with the length of the text (which is fairly short) and the fact that Steadman's artwork needs a larger platform to be fully appreciated.Either way.. buy the bloody thing,you can always recoup the cash on EBay or Amazon and it will probably be a better investment than most financial products in these terrible times.
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to be honest although a huge fan of Hunter this book does not represent him at his best ...however it is an enjoyable read and Ralph Steadmans illustrations are gross, fantastical and weird and thank heavens for that!......
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