Sunday Book Review – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

As a memoir writer, I try to keep up with reading different  types of memoirs. Yes, a memoir is a memoir, but every memoir writer has their own style of revealing their stories, and when it comes to Hunter Thompson, this had to be one of the raunchiest reads I’ve come across in memoir. Although the genre specification is listed as ‘nonfiction journalism’, nonetheless it’s a memoir spanning one week, and a journalistic tale of a wild ride through the Nevada desert in a time where ‘Sin city’ surely adopted its name.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


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This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Now  a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.


My 5 Star Review

This book has been touted as one of the most grotesque, yet fascinating reads of the drug decade. I found it a toxic and intoxicating, and intriguing look at the author on a reckless tirade of a drug induced journey while supposedly covering a writing assignment. Thompson takes his partner in crime, his attorney at large, literally and figuratively, with him for company in this piece of absurd Americana 1971.

Five revolting and almost unbelievable days worth of stories take us into a world of drugs, delirium and disgust, yet I couldn’t help but stay captivated while taken on the wild roller coaster ride of law-breaking pandemonium with these two characters.

This book is an education on drugs, a view inside an addict’s mind at a time where most of it could actually have happened and gone unpunished. This is no literary masterpiece, but a fascinating read and regarded as one of the most infamous reads of the drug era.