Sunny Side Up Book Review of Hunter S Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”

I find myself with a few sporadic minutes during my day and I often fill them with the consumption of books. These readings lead to the notes that often become the inspiration of my articles. I have had a few people I consider friends publish their own books. After this alarming fact, I decided to jump on the opportunity to be lazy.

I wanted to start reviewing these books the NY Times won’t do due to the lack of connections. Amazon doesn’t mind burying those that lack a PR backing. But I choose to read and “embrace” them. I present to you the “Sunny Side Up Book Review”.

This book went on to spawn a “seriously non-serious” movie of nearly the same title. The book gave me an ironic source of inspiration to learn more about myself, then stop picturing myself as a loathsome character but a seeker of my own American dream. The book I speak about is Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

To say that this book was a serious influence on my later teen years is an understatement. I learned to understand what drugs did to the human mind, not out of personal usage at inappropriate levels, but due to the desire to look past the opinionated prohibitionist views handed out by the government. (Intellectually speaking, I got more out of talking to people on drugs and learning more about their experiences than the regurgitated talking points from pro-government people).

I even found myself calling my best friend; “The Good Doctor”, after the Doctor of Journalism, who is Dr Hunter S Thompson. We throw quotes from the movie at each other. This is years after we first viewed the movie and read the book.

I have read this book multiple times and have seen something new every time. It doesn’t start in the way it should. It starts the way that you choose to read it. It is disjointed because the vast majority of people reading it are.

The interactions and descriptions of people are often what makes the book prevalent. Thompson’s focus away from Duke is what helps you find the heart of the American Dream, just like Conrad did. Thompson allowed us to find the best within ourselves and never let us off the hook.

Many people that have read the portion of the book commonly called “the wave speech”, noticed the disappointment connected to it but realized something within themselves, notably that there was an end to something beautiful. It wasn’t supposed to be depressing but happy in that we saw where our efforts brought us. An observation of something great.

(I personally never identified with the hippie element but with the zeitgeist of the 1990’s. The speech patterns with little restraint. The personal responsibility of communicating. Observing a beauty that was simple at its base. I observed where we lost our collective shit when I came back from overseas, I saw where the wave rolled back and left the high-water mark).

I don’t need to explain every scene to you. They all had their purpose. It was to point you in the direction of the heart of the American dream, according to Raoul Duke. You are to follow him. But it is up to you to bring the “fear and loathing”.

I am loathe to tell this book’s story when you should get a copy and read it yourself. You may do so at the link below.

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