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Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (Picador Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. November 1980

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In addition to being a testament to the undeniably beatifying properties of American excess--literary, political, chemical, you name it--Hunter Thompson is the high priest of the ad hominem attack. Anyone unlucky enough to get in the way of his satirical sledgehammer will end up with soup for brains. Still, even Thompson needs a good villain to get properly lathered up; that's why he peaked simultaneously with America's 37th president, Richard Milhous Nixon. Tricky Dick was Thompson's dark-jowled, pale-calved Muse, and with his departure Thompson seemed to lose his place a bit. Swatting flies with a baseball bat.

You need look no further for this writer's best: this collection of pieces, first published in 1979, spans all of Thompson's primo era, including short pieces and selections from longer works. The Great Shark Hunt sports a few articles filed by a pre-Gonzo Hunter S. Thompson, which show flickers of passion but no real fire; the first experiments with the author's drug-fueled brand of journalism at the Kentucky Derby; and finally the gigs that made him an American institution, in Las Vegas and on the 1972 campaign trail.

Thompson's style is so unique that a reader is tempted to think that he leapt, fully formed, into Gonzohood. However, along with the crazy, careening prose itself, one of the auxiliary pleasures of The Great Shark Hunt is the map that it gives of Thompson's ascent (or descent, if you prefer) from the workaday hyperbole of sports writing to the hell-blast vigor of his later work. The drugs are, by and large, a distraction--lifestyle points that get in the way of the genuinely perceptive journalism that Thompson created. (But they are there, always, and in quantity.) If you're looking for insight into the underbelly of America, Hunter S. Thompson is your best and only guide, and The Great Shark Hunt is an excellent place to begin the grim safari. --Michael Gerber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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The Washington Post He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Von Ein Kunde am 4. Februar 2002
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well, i finished this book about half an hour ago and feel somehow sad, because i could have gone on reading for some more days, it`s a fantastic collection of thompson`s work, sure in some parts reading can get tought while he keeps on rattling about things no one except him will ever understand, but next to the exzerpts out of his "full books" like fear and loathing in las vegas as well as on the campaign trail `72 and hells angels, there are some nice stories he`s written for several newspapers and magazines. i can say it for sure, that the short story the great shark hunt, is one of the funniest collection of stone crazy thoughts i ever read. enjoy this trip, peace.
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I have read most of Hunter's work through the years. From the articles in Rolling Stone & Playboy, to his many books ,if you can only own one Thompson book, this is the one. Brilliant & funny the best of the best. Its sad that the drugs that made the genius have now destroyed it. But if you want to see Thompson at the top of his game this is the book for you.
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Von Ein Kunde am 24. September 1998
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Merely the latest in the long line of exceptionally talented goons who, because they are totally incompatiable with society and thus have been kicked out, are the only ones truly capable of writing about our society. Lucretius, Juvenal, Chaucer, Swift... the list is endless. The Great Shark Hunt is possibly the finest compendium of satire by a modern author, because, let's face it, proper Gonzo literature is fiction, and apparently that is the best way to tell the truth. Furthermore, it is journalism of the highest quality, that seems to relate an eyewitness account in the most hair-raising manner, and whose level of grammatical perfection is matched by few. That Thompson has gone over the top in attempting to outrage as many people as possible, is undeniable, but this collection reflects a time when such behaviour was ourrageous; maybe now we are indifferent, but The Great Shark Hunt should still be an inspiraton to us all.
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Von Ein Kunde am 5. März 2000
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"Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" is his most famous book, and rightly so. But that was just one notorious blip in a long and notorious career. "Shark Hunt" collects Thompson's best work from the 60s and 70s, which is when the man was at his best, smartest and funniest. Read here his profound and alarming stories on Ali, Jimmy Carter, death and distaster in East LA, the Kentucky Derby, wars, riots, booze, himself, himself and himself. This is the stuff that made HST one of the greatest and most unconventional (and influential) journalists of his time. To understand Hunter S. Thompson and his work, the place to turn is not "Las Vegas," but here. The only complaint is that the Ralph Steadman drawings that accompanied the stories when they first appeared in Rolling Stone are sadly missing. A new special edition is probably in order...
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Thompson always seemed most at home with the guerilla tactics he used to re-define journalism. These brief attacks at all that Western society holds sacred demonstrate the iconoclastic impact that Thompson can have when he's at his best. I think this book's crowning jewel would be Thompson's travels through South America. It is a startlingly sympathetic look at social conditions and ways of life by an author who too often has come to be thought of as an absurd hedonist. My one minor complaint would be that I don't share Thompson's fascination with Nixon, and I found the excerpts from "...Campaign Trail," a bit tedious. They are, however, by no means unreadable, and this book is definitely a recommendation.
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This book was FUN. It was the first Thompson book I'd ever read, and is now precariously held together with Scotch tape- but it has been well used and well loved. The Good Doctor's writing has gotten a little flimsy as of late, at least in comparison to these fantastic works on everything from the Hippies of Haight-Ashbury to the Kentucky Derby, but it is still strong and is still fun. That's the best part about Hunter Thompson- he may be a psycho but he's OUR psycho, and no matter what degradation of the human psyche he's detailing he still manages to make you laugh and shake your head at the same time.
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