Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S.Thompson is subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream”. It analyzes the unrest and cultural changes of the sixties. Another generation is trying and failing to reach the American Dream. The excesses is left in that particular world and, in the end, excess is what the American Dream is all about. Whether you’re a Vegas gambler or an acid freak.

Hunter S. Thompson was a writer and a journalist. He became well known for his unique writing. He also invented Gonzo Journalism, a style of reporting which uses a first-person narrative, an injection of emotion and opinion. He was interested in American politics, journalism and non fiction narrative. In a nutshell, Thompson usually managed to see things a little differently than everyone else.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas does not belong in any other genre but its own, gonzo journalism. This form takes characteristics of journalism and fiction to create a story with the truth and the flesh of creativity.

The traditional definition of journalism is “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.”

While gonzo journalism is revolutionary, it can also be a bit too much for the reader. When you try to combine fiction and creativity into true events, the result can often be disturbing. While Raoul Duke’s attorney checked them into the Mint Hotel, Duke himself, still suffering from his dose of acid, was in fear of the lizards quickly surrounding him:  «Right next to me a huge reptile was gnawing on a woman’s neck, the carpet was a blood-soaked sponge impossible to walk on it, no footing at all… We’re right in the middle of a fucking reptile zoo! And somebody’s giving booze to these goddamn things! It won’t be long before they tear us to shreds!»


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