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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (4 Mar. 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0149052103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0149052108
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
I was in the biography department of a bookshop thinking that I didn't really need to read another life of Jane Austen when a display of Hunter S. Thompson's paperbacks caught my eye. It's a tenuous link but a friend of mine was an extra in the film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", so I picked up a copy of KoF and was blown away.

Right at the beginning where Thompson describes a childhood meeting with the CIA and again at the end when he's involved in a car crash, the author writes what I can only describes as perfect prose,

"All these things have happened and probably they will happen again. I have learned a few tricks along the way, a few random skills and simple avoidance techniques - but mainly it has been luck, I think, and a keen attention to karma, along with my natural girlish charm."

I have no interest in drugs, fast cars or pimps yet, as with all great writers, it hardly matters what they take as subject matter since they have you in the palm of their hand. Thompson not only tells you about his mad life, he takes you there. This is a classic of non-fiction writing, gonzo journalism at its peak.
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Hunter S. Thompson isn't a despicable man. He's not wicked, depraved oreven immoral. Quite how anyone could glean that he was after readingKingdom of Fear is utterly beyond me. In fact, you'd have to bebreathtakingly ignorant and misguided not to finish this book withoutholding Thompson in very high regard indeed.
You might not agree withhis unreserved castigation of The Bush family. You'll probably frown atThompson's casual references to illegal drugs. You've every right todisapprove of his fondness for firearms. He is, by his own admission, anOutlaw, but you will surely still finish this book extolling hisimpeccable virtues as a vicious, ferocious protector of Justice, Honestyand Human Rights - three qualities being rapidly eroded in modernsociety.
The key to the appeal of this book, and of Thompson as anauthor and journalist, is the quality of his writing; sharp and caustic,often rambling but always articulate and soulfully expressive. Sure - itcomes at you fast and you might not pick it all up. But don't worry - juststrap yourself in and prepare to be sucked in to a weird, hallucinogenicworld where nothing, nothing is the least bit normal.
Sweet ValleyHigh, I know you're going to enjoy it, friend. Trust me.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Compelling read...one can't help thinking how hard it must have been to maintain his public persona...from the beginning I had the sense of a quiet, sensitive poet trapped in the image of a hell-raising, hard drinking, drug addled, gun toting macho man. From quite early on I found myself thinking that there was something quite trans-gendered about his conflict and was amazed to find at the end that his second wife described him as a teenage girl in the body of an aging dope fiend...that resolved the conflict for me. He's adorable.
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HST is one of my writing heroes and I believe that there is little of his that I have not read. Sadly this is far from his best and is rather like his imitation of his early and far more biting writing - clichéd and rather hackneyed phrasing and language as he tries to recall his earlier unique and irresistible style. Sad and disappointing and far from worthy or typical of this hugely-insightful angry outlaw. RIP.
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Enjoying this book alot. He has a way with words and i have laughed out loud quite a few times whilst reading this book. The story chops and changes, sometimes confusingly but its fun trying to keep up. Definitely had a colourful and insane life. Top bloke in my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
Hunter S. Thompson, the godfather of every rock'n roll writer in the World, and for my money The Coolest Man Alive has published his autobiography. This should be great! Sadly it is'nt. The legendary author of such classics as "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas" seem incapable of holding on to one thought for very long. He starts to tell one story, and then stoops into something comletly unrelated, and the reader ends up not knowing much about anything. Also a lot of things are not explained properly, if I did not know most of these stories from other sourches many of them would be incomprehensible.
Well, well, i is'nt all bad. The story of how Hunter ran for sheriff in Aspen on the "Freak Power platform" is consistent and fun. And in glimses we see examples of the good old king of rock'roll writing: Fast, furious, old Testament fire and brimstone, paranoid to the gills and extremly funny: "These people drive big Merzedez-Benz sedans, the kind of cars favored by Josef Mengele and Ed Meese.
This is the fast lane, folks...and som of us likes it here".
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Yes, "Kingdom of Fear" jumps about - Hunter's brain flies off at tangents that are incomprehensible to all but his rationale.
Once you accept that this is an autobiographical scrapbook, it doesn't make it a bad read at all - in fact, it's one of the things about the book that has kept it on my list of favourites for the last 4 years: I can pull the book off the shelf, flip to a random page and just start imbibing a gem.
HST's review of the Ducati 900 - Song of the Sausage Creature - makes me cry with laughter every time I read it and to my mind is worth the entrance fee alone.
Buy.
Enjoy.
Rest In Peace Dr.Thompson
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