I have loved "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories" ever since I picked it up and could not stop reading. As cliché as that is it is true. It's a great book club read!
For those unfamiliar with Thompson, he is an unusual character. His novels and short stories are part fiction, part non-fiction. He inhabits a persona, Dr. Raoul Duke, PhD in journalism, for many adventures including Fear and Loathing.
For this adventure, he is joined by Dr. Gonzo, his attorney, who is also a real person, Oscar Acosta. Acosta was a lawyer in "real" life as well, quite well known for his role in fighting for rights of Chicanos in the 1970's.
Their roaring, drug-fueled rampages through Las Vegas are documented in this novel. A tapestry of American culture of the era, beautifully and, often disturbingly weaved by Thompson, it seeps into you.
It raises more questions than it answers, as do many of the other great stories in my edition.
If you are lucky enough to find this hardback edition, please do not miss "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved". It is a wonderful article/short story that is wickedly hilarious.
Thompson is a true outsider classic and left a great body of work to enjoy.
Note from Megan, editor of The Book Club Guide:
Thanks for the great review! I have not read this, but it's well known as a wonderful book.
I can see how the blend of fiction and non-fiction would make a very provocative book club discussion.
For example, a book club could discuss where the line between fiction and non-fiction blurs in this story.
It also sounds like "What questions does this book leave unanswered" would be an interesting topic for discussion.
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