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5.0 out of 5 stars The most surprisingly revealing biographical book i've read, 1 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: The Proud Highway: 1955-67, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman v.1: Fear and Loathing Letters: 1955-67, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman Vol 1 (Paperback)
This book, a collection of Thompson's early letters to friends and associates as well as potential (or soon to be ex) employers, is outstanding in every way.
The great selection of the letters together with Thompson's unparralelled ability to express himself via the written word creates an amazing voyage through his early career.
Starting in earnest with his initial career in the Airforce and concluding with him on the cusp of the greatness to come, the book takes us on this journey through his own eyes. I was amazed at how lucid and absorbing a book made up entirely of corresponance could be - only a man of Hunter S's ability to express through language could have succeeded in this achievement. Those who have read the Great Shark Hunt will be transfixed, those who haven't should. An absolute must for anyone with any interest in HST, the sixties, american literature or indeed anyone who just enjoys a damn good book. Outstanding. I just can't wait for Volume 2.
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