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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best American Comedy of the 20th Century?
This hilarious satire is fast paced, very entertaining even after multiple readings, and a hysterically funny yet scathing portrayal of American society and the city of Las Vegas in the early 1970s.
Thomson admired the previous generation of American writers such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald and the polished craft of his writing style reflects this. In 200 pages...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2000 von roGER

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3.0 von 5 Sternen reality, what reality?
This strange, drug-addled treatise treats Vegas with the contempt it so richly deserves. Not for the faint-hearted, Thompson and buddy simultaneously drag the gutter and live the high life fueled by an elephant-stupefying cocktail of practically everything. Ralph Steadman's contribution shouldn't be overlooked as his cartoons add humor to some of the most vilely...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2000 von brian@brianparkin.com


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Buch vs. Film: Fear and Loathing, 8. Mai 2012
Schier unerträglich bizarr kann ein Film nur werden, der sich an Hunter S. Thompsons Worte hält. Denkt man zumindest, nachdem sich dessen LSD-geladene Lektüre noch frischgelesen in einem herumwälzt. Unglaublich, aber wahr ist jedoch, dass die erste Buchhälfte getreu der Vorlage von Gilliam und Crew visualisiert wurde. Johnny Depps einzigartige Mimik und dessen äußerliche Ähnlichkeit zum Original hätten besser nicht sein können. Erst zum Ende der Geschichte wird deutlich, was in der Literatur wirkt, das gonzoistische Drogenwunderland im Film jedoch leicht schluckt: die journalistische Hommage des Anti-American Dream. Immer wieder stolpert man in der zweiten Romanhälfte über Anmerkungen des Verlegers, der aus rechtlichen Gründen hier den Namen einen Drogengurus der 1970er nicht publizieren mag oder dort ein Tonband Thompsons weder transkribieren noch schlüssig machen kann, da selbst der Autor sich weigert, es zu lesen oder es wieder einmal unauffindbar ist. Herrlich, doch im Film unmöglich zu erfassen.

Exzessiven echten Literaturjournalismus erfährt der Leser bei Thompsons Buch, niemals einen reinen Unterhaltungsroman. 'Fear and Loathing. Das ist doch dieser Drogenfilm, oder?' Nee Nee. Das ist die Geschichte über das Scheitern des amerikanischen Traums, über die Suche nach einer Antwort auf die Sinnfrage des tragikomischen Seins, über die Flucht vor all dem verdrehten Grotesken, das die drogenfreie Gesellschaft zu bieten hat, und über die Begründung des Gonzo-Imperiums.

Mein Buch vs. Film-Sieger: Die Tendenz zum dicken fetten unentschieden ist einfach zu groß.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best American Comedy of the 20th Century?, 9. Februar 2000
This hilarious satire is fast paced, very entertaining even after multiple readings, and a hysterically funny yet scathing portrayal of American society and the city of Las Vegas in the early 1970s.
Thomson admired the previous generation of American writers such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald and the polished craft of his writing style reflects this. In 200 pages there isn't a single bad sentence, or a miscued punchline. Vast amounts of hard (sober) work (and talent) must have gone into perfecting a deceptively conversational, light style.
For "serious" readers, this book can also be read as a coda to the late 1960s social revolution. By the early 1970s, its apparent to Thompson that the dream is dead, a pre-Watergate Richard Nixon is in the White House, and the silent majority are satisfied and complacent.
My title for this review is quite deliberate - this is the best American comedy of the 20th Century, and it will be read and enjoyed 100 years hence.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen “Teeth like baseballs, eyes like jellied fire.”, 14. Oktober 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Taschenbuch)
After the success of Hell’s Angels in 1967, with this incredible tale of a drug-crazed journey to Las Vegas (1971) the time had come to take Hunter S. Thompson seriously as a literary artist. The book was his masterpiece, perfect in a way that few books are.

Essentially, the narrative follows Thompson (writing as Duke) and his three-hundred-pound Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo to Vegas, ostensibly to cover the Mint 400 motorcycle race. Over drinks at the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the two men agree to rent a red Chevy convertible they christen the Great Red Shark start speeding across the desert. The car’s trunk “looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had 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 multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughters … and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls (…) but the only thing that really worried me was the ether.” However, the race was boring, with all sorts of machinery criss-crossing the desert, there was no way to recognize any kind of race and in the end everything was lost in the sand. So the protagonists spend most of their time in bars and casinos and cruising along the Strip. After the long weekend, Thompson hammered 25,000 words on the race into his typwriter and sent them to Sports Illustrated, which the magazine rejected.

The madness builds and paranoia is a central theme on nearly every page of this book. Deep suspicions of the CIA, the FBI, and the Secret Service abound. Financial ruin is always lurking around the corner. The complex personality of Hunter S. Thompson – the Gonzo journalist cranked up on Chivas Regal, Dunhill cigarettes, and LSD – captured not only the mood that your government is not your friend but showed an acerbic humor with a sharp moral sensibility.

Once he got back on track, Thompson knew he was writing something manic and marvelous. His exaggerated style may defy easy categorization, but his career-long autopsy of the American Dream places him among the twentieth century’s most iconoclastic writers. Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe are probably the two most original voices to come out of journalism in the last century, and it’s no coincidence that they both worked for Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone. Douglas Brinkley, the historian and friend of Thompson’s summed it up, “If Hemingway was going to go big-game hunting in Africa, Hunter wanted to use a submachine gun to hunt wild boar in Big Sur, California. He was dangerous, like handling nitroglycerin, and he liked to keep it that way.”
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Kultklassiker, 23. Juli 2010
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Kenne schon den genialen Film in- und auswendig und habe jetzt auch noch das Buch gelesen. Das Buch bietet tiefere Einblicke in Psyche und Beweggründe der beiden Hauptpersonen. Man merkt erst so richtig, wie paranoid und von Angst zerfressen die beiden sind. Auch sind manche Szenen enthalten, die so nicht in den Film übernommen wurden.

Schon der Film wird dem Werk wahrhaft gerecht (was eine große Ausnahme darstellt). Dazu noch das Buch zu lesen ist eher nur für echte Fans empfehlenswert. Die wenigen zusätzlichen Szenen sind nicht weltbewegend und wurden auch zu Recht bei der Verfilmung vernachlässigt. Die allerbesten Zitate/Dialoge/Szenen wurde ohnehin von Terry Gilliam 1:1 in den Film übernommen.

Mein Fazit: Das Buch ist zwar erstklassig, die Verfilmung jedoch genial.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Savage Indictment of the American (Media) Dream, 27. Dezember 2009
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Thank God this book was written! Without it, today's media world would look very different. In fact, we need another Hunter Thompson for our times - to break through the lies and deception of the corporate media landscape! I'd be up for the job, but I'm useless with deadlines. Then again, so was Thompson!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen -, 29. Juli 2000
Concise and entertaining, but the best parts are too small and often ignored because of how they're pushed around by the drugs & debauchery angle (like the search for the american dream chapter).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny as hell, 4. Juli 2000
Every so often, you stumble across a true literary gem that keeps you giggling as you read it, and thinking about it long after you've returned it to the library. "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas" is one such book. The characters are hapless bozos that made me chuckle, riding across the country in a stolen car stock-piled with drugs in search of the "american dream". Thier adventures are craftily written by Thompson, one of the emminent fiction writers of our time. I'm now looking for the sequel...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "We were somewhere around Barstow...", 8. Juni 2000
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So starts this epic tale, in the middle of a roaring cadillac speeding down a desert highway, occupied by two men filled to the brim with all manner of exotic narcotics. Of all Thompson's pieces of Gonzo Journalism this perhaps serves as the greatest. Not only does it perfectly display exactly what Gonzo journalism is, but it is also just a great masterpiece. The basic and loose story of this book is hard to describe, because it focusses on many different levels. Basically, it concerns two men who go to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race. But, it infact centres more around the fact that these two men take with them, an entire suitcase full of drugs. And, furthermore, there is their subconscious search for the American Dream. All in all, this book is incredibly funny, the first page will have you rolling around the floor in hysterics. I remember that I first picked this book up at a library because I was forbidden from purchasing it, and sat down to read it there. But, I was soon laughing so loud that I was asked to leave the library. All manner of a halucinogenic LSD trips go wild, ending up in a chaotic muddle of entire insanity. If you wish to be serious for a minute, this book also holds a sociological value, because it serves as a great description of the 1960's drug scene. But who cares about that? When you're in the hands of someone who can be as amusing and brilliant as Hunter S. Thompson, there is little you can do, but sit back and enjoy the ride...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Viva Las Vagas, 15. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
The book is dangerous and terrifying one moment and blisteringly funny at the next. As a doctor of Gonzo journalism, Thompson has brought his brand of dug addled craziness to Vegas, where him and his attorney attempt to find the American Dream. Monsterous bats, bloodthirsty reptiles, demented cops, a God/Streisand freak on acid, and a homicidal ape is what they find instead. This classic of a dream gone wrong on drugs and booze has kept me thrilled and laughing since I was 13. Read this if you believe the American Dream exists because Thompson has come close to finding it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quest for the "American Dream", 12. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
This novel is a tale of two business men who are searching for the American Dream in Las Vegas. On their journey they bring "two bags of grass, seventy five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers....Also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls." The men fill themselves with as much drugs as possible in order to escape the reality that the world was changing and the drug scene was over. This book is a great view of how people act under the influence of drugs. I recommend that you read this book. Hunter Thompson gives a visual image of what he was going through at this time and all the obstacles that were taken on his quest for the American Dream. "Fair and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a twisted journey that will make you laugh out loud.
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