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The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman (Fear and Loathing Letters/Hunter S. Thompson, Vol 1) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Mai 1997


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 683 Seiten
  • Verlag: Villard (6. Mai 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679406956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679406952
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 5,1 x 17,1 x 25,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (15 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 856.809 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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This first volume of the correspondence of Hunter S. Thompson begins with a high school essay and runs up through the publication of Thompson's breakout book, Hell's Angels. Thompson apparently never threw a letter away, so the reader has the treat of experiencing the full evolution of his pyrotechnic writing style, rant by rant. The letters--to girlfriends, to bill collectors, to placers of "Help Wanted" ads, to editors and publishers--are usually spiced with political commentary. The style and the political animus always seem to drive each other. For instance, an 11/22/63 letter to novelist and friend William J. Kennedy about the day's cataclysm is apparently the birthplace of the signal phrase "fear and loathing." (Thompson summed up the Kennedy assassination thus: "The savage nuts have shattered the great myth of American decency.") And the willingness to write strangers is stunning: this collection includes Thompson's letter to LBJ seeking appointment to the governorship of American Samoa. You might have thought Garry Trudeau was exaggerating in his Doonesbury characterization of the Thompson-based character Duke. He was not.

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The private correspondence of America's outlaw journalist provides a look at Thompson's personal relationships from the mid-1950s through 1967.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Robert Stribley am 1. Juli 2000
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Hunter S. Thompson shows up in the strangest places. He recently popped up in the news when he was excused from serving jury duty in the drunk-driving case against singer John Denver. He probably would have made a sympathetic juror, as charges recently were dropped against Thompson himself. Charged with assault for dousing a theater security manager with a fire extinguisher, Thompson explained that he only was demonstrating how he often closes his public speaking appearances -- by spraying an extinguisher over his audience. If you know anything about Thompson, you know this is standard fare.
Thompson is the creator and sole practitioner of "gonzo journalism." One dictionary defines "gonzo" as "exaggerated, highly subjective, and unconventional in style, esp. in journalism." A more accurate definition might be "any writings, shaped under the influence of controlled substances, esp. by Hunter S. Thompson."
And those writings are taken quite seriously. Modern Library, those arbiters of literary good taste, recently validated Thompson's work by issuing his seminal 1971 work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a world classic.
Now comes The Proud Highway, a collection of Thompson's early correspondence. Since these were dubbed "The Fear and Loathing Letters, Volume 1," we can assume his more recent correspondence will eventually make it into bookstores, also.
Thompson is the writer's writer; he honed his craft on booze and sleepless nights spent writing letters during his stint as sports editor for an Air Force paper, the Command Courier. In those early letters, the voice we've come to know and love (or hate) steadily emerges: strident, incisive, charming. His first missives are fired at friends and family.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Garett Piencikowski am 1. August 2000
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I have just got through reading this collection of Letters and found it to be worthwhile reading. I received the book as a gift and was not aware of a Fear and Loathing Letters Volume. I found this to be a highway of following (if anyone possibly could) and watching Thompson grow as a writer. While at the Air Force Base working as an editor of the Sports Section, he wrote to his family and friends as well as ex-girlfriends. Probably because he was away from home for the first time.
As the years go on the more this book became more interesting. Between following all over this country we follow him to South America were some of his best articles came from. I have read Hell's Angels and The Great Shark Hunt and found this to tie in with those books. Through his consumption of Old Crow and god only knows what else, we see letters to LBJ, various magazine editors, and Mr. Semonin and start to see the Hunter we all know and love to come out. The thing that makes him "likeable" is his blunt honesty, since he calls them as he sees them. He is intelligent and knows a lot about everything. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read Thompson!
If anything this book offers a chance to see what makes this amazing mind tick!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Charles Swanson (rmanarin@aol.com) am 7. Januar 1999
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Perhaps, as Hunter Thompson suggests in The Proud Highway, people really do take more of a liking to his letters and not his serious work. This statement is easily endorsed by the fine contents that surround it. This is the perfect book for a typical Thompson fan, a collection of eccentric one plus page letters that suit a person with a short attention span. His sylistic prose is best received in short bursts, such as essays, articles, and letters. The letter format also allows us to see the evolution and experimentation Thompson has endured in his life. This pre-gonzo collection is Thompson as himself, not the "Raoul Duke" character he has personified in the past. While Hunter seems incapable of writing anything unautobiographical, the fact remains he is far more qualified to tell this story than any hack biographer seeking to romanticize and sensationalize Thompson's myth for a profit. The Proud Highway tells Thompson's story in a much more engaging fashion than the biographies, though there is no lack of effort and emulation in any of these books. This book should be required reading for aspiring authors.
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Von Ein Kunde am 17. April 1999
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After perusing 'fear'--and being totally enthralled; I picked up 'highway'. Being familiar with others by HST: 'shark hunt', 'swine'; you know the rest; I decided to finally find out about the man behind these outrageous tales of excess and rebellion. Indeed, I was not disappointed. I found, by reading these simple, yet extremely revealing odes to various family members, friends, rivals, presidents, etc., that there is a definate appeal to gaining the insight of HST as a person: someone you might meet on the street; penniless, desperate, but oh wow, how very interesting. I highly recommend the reading of this proud (as it were)showing of nonconformism; if only because that I too believe that life as we live it could be so much more--if only we dared to push the bounds; to entertain the thought that every day can very well be a new, exciting (if not prosperous and gainful)enterprise...
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Raise this book high and salute the will of a man to lay his life out in unsanitized words for all to see. This is a book that proves that the pen is not only mightier than the sword but leaves scars that cut deeper and last much longer. Not since Jack London's "Martin Eden" have I read such a terrifying account of a writer struggling against the forces in society that sneer and wag their self-righteous fingers at honesty, and even more so the will of the messenger to reveal it. Part anarchist and full iconoclast, Thompson takes on all comers from Hell's Angels to Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and especially the low-life agents and editors that would steal thier mother's walking stick to fend off a writer coming after his (or her) due. If you enjoy Thompson's work this is a must read.
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