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Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson (Pocket Penguins) Paperback – 6 May 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141022434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141022437
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Fear and Loathing in America, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex and The Rum Diary. A contributor to various national and international publications, Dr Thompson lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colorado.

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Format: Paperback
This book is sixty four pages of Hunter S. Thompson at his outrageous best. It should be mentioned though, that this is not new material; all the stories are taken from Thompson's biography 'The Kingdom of Fear' and for this reason 'Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson' only receives four stars. Nevertheless, the book is a good, inexpensive introduction for anyone to some of the whackier episodes in the author's life.
The stories included in this book include ,amongst others, the tale of Thompson's first run-in with the authorities as a child, an interesting take on what 9/11 means for American society, and the story of Jack Nicholson's birthday. The latter story had me laughing uncontrollably for ten minutes, thanks to the outrageousness of the events, but also to Hunter S. Thompson's sublime gift for making incredibly shocking things seem like nothing out of the ordinary.
This book needs to be read. It will disappoint neither Hunter S. Thompson virgins nor those more familiar with his work.
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By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
This pocket edition of highlights of "Kingdom of Fear" is perfect. I bought several copies to give as gifts.
By all means, buy the good doctor's full books, but as an affordable introduction to Hunter S. Thompson's work this little volume is worth the £1.50 for the following quote about September 11, 2001:
"That's why I live out here in the mountains with a flag on my porch and loud Wagner music blaring out of my speakers. I feel lucky, and I have plenty of ammunition. That is God's will, they say, and that is also why I shoot into the darkness at anything that moves. Sooner or later, I will hit something Evil and feel no Guilt. It might be Osama bin Laden. Who knows? And where is Adolf Hitler, now that we finally need him? It is bad business to go into War without a target."
~ Hunter S. Thompson
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Format: Paperback
Very funny book with excellent recounts of the events of Jack Nickolsons Birthday as per Gonzo himself, Hunter S Thompson.
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