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Hunter S. Thompson (1937–2005)

Autor(a) de Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

70+ Works 39,460 Membros 441 Críticas 346 Favorited

About the Author

Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of sixteen he was inducted into the Athenaeum Literary Association and wrote for the Athenaeum Journal. During his two years in the US Air Force, Thompson wrote a sports column for The Common Courier. After he was mostrar mais discharged, he moved to New York to work as a copy boy at Time Magazine and later moved to San Juan to write for a Puerto Rican bowling magazine. He also reported to the National Observer from South America. Upon his return to the US, Thompson wrote Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, which became a national bestseller and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was originally published in Rolling Stone magazine. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Esquire. Both Bill Murray and Johnny Depp portrayed Hunter in feature film movies based on his books, Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, respectively. Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide on February 20, 2005 at his home in Colorado. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) 14,295 exemplares
The Rum Diary: A Novel (1998) 4,012 exemplares
The Curse of Lono (1983) 872 exemplares
Screwjack: A Short Story (2000) 611 exemplares
Gonzo (1988) 221 exemplares
The Gonzo Papers Anthology (2009) 68 exemplares
Where the Buffalo Roam [1980 Film] (1980) — Autor — 31 exemplares
Le Nouveau Testament Gonzo (1994) 10 exemplares
Death of a Poet (2000) 6 exemplares
Parano dans le bunker (2010) 5 exemplares
Mistah Leary He Dead (1996) 4 exemplares
Mescalito (2000) 4 exemplares
Polo Is My Life (1998) 3 exemplares
The Hippies 2 exemplares
Delírio em Las Vegas (2007) 2 exemplares
Hunter's Letter 1 exemplar
Królestwo lęku 1 exemplar
Las Vegas 1 exemplar
Kingdom of Gonzo: Interviews (2011) 1 exemplar
Kingdom of Fear Poster (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson (2007) — Contribuidor — 594 exemplares
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contribuidor — 590 exemplares
The New Journalism (1973) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 323 exemplares
The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973) — Introdução, algumas edições305 exemplares
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [1998 film] (1998) — Original book — 291 exemplares
Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969-1975, Volume 2 (1998) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 2: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Contribuidor — 214 exemplares
The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Contribuidor — 214 exemplares
The Best American Sports Writing of the Century (1999) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Christopher Felver: The Importance of Being (2001) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson [2008 film] (2008) — Actor, algumas edições17 exemplares
I'm a Little Special (1999) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares


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Kind of laughing at myself for labeling this "travel."
caedocyon | 191 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Whoops, I thought. Welcome to the night train.

I was hoping for the night train. For more bits of HST's non-sequiters that are a bit of stream-of-consciousness, gonzo truth.

This wasn't it. _Screwjack_, a publication of a 90s, private printing only collection of 3 of HST's shorts (2 pieces out of 3 are straight fiction, I think I've read, but not sure). "Mescalito" was messy-- fun, but messy. Better done in _Fear and Loathing_. (although it's still impressive any time I read any writing committed while a human being was that utterly ripped.)

"Death of a Poet" was promising, but felt like it was bailed out on very abruptly. Like perhaps it could have gone on, and even ended the same abrupt way, but instead, the author just cut to the chase, put a period, and forgot to start a next sentence.

I wanted to like "Screwjack". Stylistically, it's one of the voices I expect when I want to read Thompson. But it seemed pretty pointless to me. I read it twice: yep, still pointless. But it does contain this passage which was absolutely worth the double reading

I am guilty, Lord, but I am also a lover-- and I am one of your best people, as you know; and yea tho I have walked in many strange shadows and acted crazy from time to time and even drooled on many High Priests, I have not been an embarrassment to you....

Passages like this are why I keep coming back to Thompson, no matter how twisted, violent, immoral, amoral, nauseating, and depressing it can be. Like no other writer I know, he can find the beauty in a shitheap of desperation.
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deliriumshelves | 9 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
I started reading this book on a day trip into NYC. I finished it last night on the sofa. Of the two, I'd say NYC is the place to read this: beside annoying yammerers on Metro-North; in a coffee shop with a server who just couldn't be bothered; sitting in the park while also (inadvertently) observing people's bizarre behavior.

I like this one better than Fear & Loathing.

Paul Kemp, the thinly cloaked some-facet-of-HST-protagonist leaves NYC for San Juan to work as a journalist for a newspaper owned by a former communist (not popular in Puerto Rica at the time).And if you've read any HST, you know that the set-up is only incidental to what really happens in the book.

I think the reason I like this better than [b:Fear and Loathing|7745|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream|Hunter S. Thompson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165639648s/7745.jpg|1309111] (or what was that other thing I read by HST? Can't remember...) is Paul Kemp's insights- which, thankfully, are not delievered as "insights". They are his thoughts- among all the others, including the xenophobic and the racist- that are pretty identifiable to me right now.
What's not to love about an imaginary interview that goes like this (excerpted):

"Well, you see, I ...ah...well, I get a strange feeling. I...ah... I sit around here and look at this place and I just want to get out, you know? I want to flee."
"Mr. Kemp, you seem like a reasonable man– just what is it about St. Louis tha makes you want to flee ? I'm not prying, you understand, I'm just a reporter and I'm from Tallahassee, myself, but they sent me out here to–'
"Certainly, I wish I could...ah...you know, I'd like to be able to tell you that...ah...maybe I could say that I feel a rubber sack coming down on me...purely symbolic, you know...the venal ignorance of the fathers being visited on the sons...can you make something of that?"
"Well, ha-ha, I sort of know what you mean, Mr.Kemp. Back in Tallahassee it was a cotton sack, but I guess it was about the same size and–"
"Yeah, it's the $%&damn sack– so I'm taking off and I guess I'll...ah..."

Now I realize an overly long quote does not a review make, nor is it even representative of the writing style of this short novel (which I am told was written to make into a movie). But it does tap into one of the things I like about it. Paul Kemp is trying to, in some way, be an honest man making an honest living, and the best place he can do this is amongst (as I think he labels his compatriots somewhere in the book) the scum of the earth.

He's also trying to have a Life and keep The Sack from coming down over him and keep from getting The Fear.

I am romanced by a world which probably never existed, but which must be based on something real. Typewriters as a valued thing, reporters without cell phones, long drives made for assignments only to find out the thing you had gone after is gone- the intel was too late. A guy making a good living by turning his house into a burger-and-beer (and that's all) joint, hiring in a sad piano player from Miami.

THat;s my book "review". I'd say, read it. For one thing, it's short. And for another, if it doesn't work out for you, you can just say that it gave you The Fear, so you had to leave.
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deliriumshelves | 56 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |


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