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Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Rauer Buchschnitt, 7. Januar 2003
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Kingdom of Fear is billed as a memoir, but in essence, all of Hunter S. Thompson's books could fit into this category since his life and work have always been tightly bound together by a mythology largely of his own making. (After all, this is the man who, before earning a single dollar as a writer, began meticulously saving a copy of every letter he ever sent.) Still, this is certainly an unconventional memoir, but then what would you expect from the father of gonzo journalism? In these pages Thompson manages to dig deep and reveal a few "loathsome secrets" without offering the kind of personal details he has always avoided. His childhood, for instance, is basically summed up in a sentence: "I look back on my youth with great fondness, but I would not recommend it as a working model to others." He does, however, reflect upon his considerable legacy, including his well-known, and admittedly exaggerated, use of controlled substances ("The brutal reality of politics alone would probably be intolerable without drugs"), as well as offer assessments of his own work, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ("It's as good as The Great Gatsby and better than The Sun Also Rises").
In this collection of twisted parables and outlaw adventures, Thompson writes about his early run-ins with agents of authority and the lessons learned; his stint in the Air Force and the beginning of his journalism career; his unsuccessful, though illuminating, bid for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado in 1970 as the Freak Power candidate; the casualties and unintended consequences thus far in the War on Terror; and numerous examples of present-day injustice and hypocrisy--all with his characteristic mix of brutal frankness laced with humor. He also offers his own take on state of the Union: "The prevailing quality of life in America--by any accepted methods of measuring--was inarguably freer and more politically open under Nixon than it is today in this evil year of Our Lord 2002." Thompson continues to make even the most deadly serious subject matter endlessly entertaining. --Shawn Carkonen
Nelson Algren His hallucinated vision strikes one as having been, after all, the sanest.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Dieser Mann (Durch Johnny Depp dargestellt in "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas) ist Fleisch gewordener Wahnsinn und Genie. Dieses Buch zeigt Kurzgeschichten und Artikel jeder Dekade von Thompson's Arbeit. Sehr treffend und sogar berührend ist sein Artikel "Where were you when the fun stopped?" über die Geschehnisse am 11. September 2001.
Dies ist ein Buch zum (öffentlichen) totlachen, aber auch zum Nachdenken und sein Gehirn auf links drehen. Für Thompson Fans wirklich, wirklich, wirklich unerlässlich, sind doch etliche schräge Fotos vom schrägen Journalisten enthalten.
Eine wunderschöne Geschichte ist auch, wie Thompson versucht Jack Nicholson zum Geburtstag zu überraschen, was aber in einer Katastrophe endet, nachdem er Familie Nicholson in seinem Übermut zu Tode ängstigt.
Das Buch ist keine richtige Biografie, es liest sich eher wie: "Thompson über Thompson und seine Arbeit" - oder so.
Ein unübertroffener Autor.
Alles in allem kann ich dieses Buch nur empfehlen. Für alle die Englisch zumindest flüssig lesen können empfehle ich das Buch unbedingt im Original zu lesen. Es lohnt sich.
In diesem Sinne. Mahalo.
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a rehash of a lot of stories that have been told before. I'm not familiar enough with his other books to tell so can only judge this book on its own merits. And it works great.
The publisher has been billing this book as a biography or a memior, but it really isn't. Although the book is organized around incidents and stories in the life of HST by the end of the book it became clear to me that all of the stories have one theme and purpose - to illuminate HST's view that American culture is making an authoritarian shift in what HST calls the "Final Days of the American
HST describes himself as a "fifteen year old girl in the body of a 65 year old junkie." A writer who came out the 1960's counterculture, he is now a libertarian who calls September 11th "the day the fun stopped."
For HST since then America has been gripped by fear and worry. He doesn't see the country in a state of war but having a nervous breakdown.
The result is a crackdown on freedom and behavior which is seen as a threat to the system and an overzeolous justice system. Almost every single story in the book touches on this. That's why I don't think it is really a biography. There is a reason why he chose the stories that he did.
HST is the only author I know of who is talking about this great shift in American post Sept-11th right now. America has changed and the country is at a fork in the road. George Bush is not going to be able to kill all of the terrorists or stop them. A choice is going to be made. Our country is either going to have to accept the possibility of terrorism as a fact of life and just move on with the understanding that no matter how bad an act of terrorism is it isn't the end of the world or else we are going to have to have the government take away many of our freedoms in order to protect us. It's a choice that needs to be made.
It is one or the other and HST shows us in this book some of the consequences of the second path. Unfortunately this is an issue that no one is talking about or debating over. As a result the Justice Deparment is increasing its power by the power of default.
HST forces you to at least briefly glimpse at this serious topic in this book by getting you to enj oy doing so through his humorous and frenzied writing style. He quotes Muhummad Ali as saying - "there are no jokes, truth is the funniest joke of all" - and shows us that the Champ is right.
This is an important book.
Yet Kingdom Of Fear is not entirely without theme or structure. There is an underlying message, as the title suggests, that the nation is moving into a dark period that seriously jeopardizes our privacy and civil liberties. Thompson relates this post-Sept. 11, 2001 environment to episodes in his own life when authorities violated his rights. Unlike a book by the average political commentator or activist, however, Thompson makes his case with emotional verbal outbursts and poetic observations more than logical arguments. This is refreshing; Thompson's style is an anachronistic challenge to the overly regulated, homogenized and conforming culture that has been building, not only since 9/11, but over the last few decades.
A great drawback is that he recycles a lot of stuff from his earlier work, which if you're a fan/reader of his you can't help but feel a bit cheated about. The book isn't that long as it is, but when half the material already has been printed before, and therefore probably, for fans at least, is on your shelf already, it gives the feeling of the good Mr Thompson not really making an effort writing this volume.
It's not all bad though. There are highlights in the book. His description of his childhood is enjoyable and very biographical. The last chapter is also very enjoyable, although not that good as biographical material, it does for a good reading.
It starts out legitimate enough, but quickly turns to his rambling and at times incoherent style of writing. Worth reading if you're a completist. I would recommend the compilations of his letters "The Proud Highway" and "F&L in America" as biography instead. They are much better.
Our proud doc laces his own personal experiences with his dire outlook on todays world. Hopefuly this voice can be heard louder up and down the food chain and can influence another generation to see something besides the processed meilieu on the news today.
Its scary to see things were freer under President Nixon than today. It opens your eyes.
All and All a brilliant script to the whirlwind life of the Grand Pubah of Gonzo.
Many More to come, PLEASE!
What makes this book indespensible (to me) is some of Thompson's anecdotes about his childhood. One revelation in particular, relating to a situation where the FBI tried to haul him away while he was in his early teens, explains things about his adulthood that make it seem only natural for Thompson to become the outlaw he is.
I've passed on Thompson's books over the last 10-12 years. Maybe he didn't seem to have the devil in him anymore. Having said that, though, there are a lot of quotable moments in this particular book. He's got some devil back and when he is on he is ON, and when he is funny he is DAMN FUNNY. This one is hit and miss, but let's face it, even welterweight Thompson is hard to top.