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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.
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.
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".
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.
Rest In Peace Dr.Thompson
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very entertaining and enjoyable read, funny. I did get absorbed in it and couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Blued Eyed Pariah
Book is rare and from brand new would be very expensive. However pages very faded and yellowing so wouldn't have described it as in very good condition.Published 7 months ago by natalie
I like Mr. Thompson, but for some reason I didn't like this book.Published 17 months ago by Þórólfur Ó.
I was worried halfway through that this wasn't up to Hunter's usual freewheeling standards, but an excellent and madcap series of vignettes in the final third rescue it.Published 17 months ago by Mr P R Stephenson