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A Wild Ride to the Heart of the American Dream
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is a novel with a captivating title, captivating style, captivating plot, and even captivating origins.
The story's roots go back to author Hunter S. Thompson's two trips to Las Vegas.
At the time, Thomson was covering a story about Mexican-American television journalists who had been killed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and were using Acosta, a Mexican-American lawyer, and when they spent time together they realized that it was very difficult for a brown-skinned Mexican like Acosta to speak openly with a white journalist in Los Angeles.
The atmosphere there was tense when it came to racial issues, so they needed some time and space to be able to discuss all matters freely.
That trip became the focus of the story that Thompson began as a 2,500-word manuscript. But then, he turned it into a romance story.
To complete the story, he and Acosta made a second trip to Las Vegas where they tried to find experiences that would allow them to feel the American Dream, which Thompson envisioned as the theme of the second part of the book.
The results of these trips were first published in Rolling Stone magazine, with a hardcover edition coming next year.
The story starts basically the same way: journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, they go to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race for a magazine.
However, the purpose for which they are there is continually obscured bydifferent recreational drugs. The list of drugs is long and includes ether, cocaine, LSD, alcohol, marijuana and mescaline.
Spending so much time under the influence, their days become strange and they experience a series of hallucinogenic events.
The events of the novel are unclear, as is the entire narrative, but that could only be expected when dealing with a story about characters whose thoughts are muddled and muddled.
The basic synopsis is a puzzle of surreal circumstances, making it difficult to differentiate between reality and the imagination of the characters. The only thing certain is the existence of the American dream and thethe greed that rules the city.
fear and hate in las vegasQuotes - Top 10There was madness in any direction, at any time.click to tweetWhen you bring an act to this city, you want to make it heavy.click to tweetBuy the ticket, take the ride.click to tweetThere was every reason to believe that I was getting into trouble, that I had pushed my luck a little too far.click to tweetThere was evidence, in this room, of the excessive use of almost every type of drug known to civilized man since AD 1544.click to tweetIn a world of thieves, the only ultimate sin is stupidity.click to tweetEvery once in a while, when your life gets messed up and the weasels start to get close, the only real cure is to load up on hideous chemicals and drive like a bastard.click to tweetThere was this fantastic universal feeling that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was control, that feeling of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil.click to tweetYou can turn your back on a person, but you can never turn your back on a drug, especially when he's holding a sharp hunting knife in your eyes.click to tweetThis place is getting to me. I think I'm getting scared.click to tweet
This book has a much broader meaning than mere drug use, as many believe.
As the characters destroy and vandalize rooms and cars, they are actually symbolically destroying everything associated with consumerism, and the city itself is a symbol of the ugliness of this consumerist lifestyle.
However, when it was first released, it was heavily criticized for the overwhelming number of scenes containing drugs. Some critics even advised readers to skip the novel entirely and not waste time on it.
But the true value of a book is only understood with time, and so, as time passed, the novel became more and more popular, and along with the popularity, the number of positive reviews also increased.
And the deeper we delve into this article, the more the number of quotes we offer increases.
Yes, that's right, we have more word candy for you to enjoy.
Phrases of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
There is nothing in the world more helpless, irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an aether binge.
Our trip was different. It was a classic declaration of everything right, true and decent in the national character. It was a great physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country, but only for those with real courage.
We promised but the moment we walked in we lost it.
The story is hard to tell, owing to all the contracted nonsense, but even without being sure of the 'story' it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of an entire generation comes to the surface in one long, thin flash. , for reasons no one really understood at the time, and which never explain, in hindsight, what really happened.
It was no use fighting, on our side or theirs.
Now, less than five years later, you can walk up a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right eyes, you can almost see the high tide mark, that place where the wave finally broke and receded. .
Still fucking the American dream.
Sympathy? Not for me. No mercy for a criminal phenomenon in Las Vegas.
This will not be a happy race. Not even the Sun God wants to look.
The press is a bunch of cruel fagots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It's a cheap trap for motherfuckers and misfits: a fake door to the back of life, a filthy, piss-filled little hole the building inspector nailed but deep enough for a drunk to crawl off the curb and masturbate. like a chimpanzee in a zoo cage.(Video) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : Full Audiobook
Don't waste your time on cheap projectiles and petty crimes. Go straight for the jugular. Dive deep into serious crime. The Las Vegas mentality is so grossly atavistic that really massive crimes often go unnoticed.
Hallucinations are very bad. But after a while you learn to deal with things like seeing your dead grandma crawling up your leg with a knife in her teeth.
No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind.
Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a traffic cop.
Old elephants hobble over the hills to die; Old Americans hit the road and kill each other in huge cars.
One of the things you learn after years of dealing with drug dealers is that everything is serious.
This place is like the army: the shark ethic prevails: eat the wounded. In a closed society where everyone is guilty, the only crime is getting caught.
To a loser, Las Vegas is the cruelest city in the world.
Ignore that bathroom nightmare. Just another ugly refugee from the love generation, a gimp on death row who couldn't handle the pressure.(Video) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson speech
Hunter S. Thompson, author of the book, is best known for inventing the journalistic style known as Gonzo, in which reporters get involved in the stories they tell.
Some consider "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" a failed attempt at this type of reporting. However, the author is publicly known to be a heavy user of psychedelics, as are his characters, so the story, at least to some extent, rings true.
Having seen some of the quotes in the book, you might notice that the style is bold and catchy, and that the characters have strong, memorable voices.
On the other hand, due to the nature of the narration and its lack of clarity, you're better off experiencing the characters' conversation as they talk to you.
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