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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
: 4.8 of 5, readers votes - 65
Annotation:Heralded as the 'best book on the dope decade' by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the 'Great Red Shark.' In its trunk, they stow 'two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls,' which they manage to consume during their short tour. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover 'the fabulous Mint 400'--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: 'burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help.' For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius.
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  1. Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  2. Part One
  3. 2. The Seizure of $300 from a Pig Woman In Beverly Hills
  4. 3. Strange Medicine On The Desert A Crisis Of Confidence
  5. 4. Rude Music And The Sound Of Many Shotguns Rude Vibes On A Saturday Evening In Vegas
  6. 5.Covering the Story A Glimpse of the Press in Action Ugliness Failure
  7. 6. A Night on the Town Confrontation at the Desert Inn Drug Frenzy at the Circus Circus
  8. 7. Paranoid Terror and the Aweful Specter of Sodomy A Flashing of Knives and Green Water
  9. 8. "Genius Round the Wand Stands Hand in Hand, and One Shock of Recognition Runs the Whole Circle Round" - Art LinkIetter
  10. 9. Sympathy for the Devil Newsmen Tortured? Flight into Madness
  11. 10. Western Union Intervenes: A Warning from Mr. Heem New Assignment from the Sports Desk and a Savage Invitation from the Police
  12. 10. Western Union Intervenes: A Warning from Mr. Heem New Assignment from the Sports Desk and a Savage Invitation from the Police
  13. 11. Aaawww, Mama, Can This Really Be the End? Down and Out in Vegas, with Amphetamine Psychosis Again?
  14. 12. Hellish Speed Grappling with the California Highway Patrol Mano a Mano on Highway 61
  15. Part Two
  16. 2. Another Day, Another Convertible Another Hotel Full of Cops
  17. 2. Another Day, Another Convertible Another Hotel Full of Cops
  18. 3. Savage Lucy Teeth Like Baseballs, Eyes Like Jellied Fire
  19. 4. No Refuge for Degenerates Reflections on a Muderous Junkie
  20. 5. A Terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs.
  21. 6. Getting Down to Business Opening Day at the Drug Convention
  22. 7. If You Don t Know, Come To Learn If You Know, Come To Teach
  23. 8. Back Door Beauty Finally a Bit of Serious Drag Racing on the Strip
  24. 9. Breakdown on Paradice Blvd.
  25. 10. Heavy Duty at the Airport Ugly Peruvian FlashbackNo! Its Too Late! Dont Try It!
  26. 11. Fraud? Larcent? Rape? A Brutal Connection with the Alice from Room Service
  27. 12. Return to the Circus - Circus Looking for the Ape to Hell with the American Dream
  28. 13. End of the Road Death of the Whale Soaking Sweats in the Airport.
  29. 14. Farewell to Vegas Gods Mercy on You Swine!

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