Ng which pretty much has its own name Gonzo ournalism Actually he wasn t the one who developed the style nor gave it its name because it was apparently Truman Capote s In Cold Blood that is suggested to be the first of its style Honestly I m not entirely sure how one would describe this method though of course one could simply say that it is the way Hunter S Thompson writes Look the book seems to pretty much go all over the place You will have a story or a piece about what is happening in 2002 when the book was written and suddenly you will Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice jump back to the mid eighties or even the mid seventies For instance we have a story about how he decided to go to Grenada because there happened to be a war going on there though his suggestion was that it wasn t uite a war but rather an example of push over Interestingly another suggestion is that it was of a distraction from the fact that some barracks in Lebanon had been bombed earlier killing a huge number of US marines Mind you it wasn t as if the invasion wasn t deserved since some dictator hadust taken over the place but then again it isn t as if this is the first example of this happening and one would wander why the United States hadn t learnt from their misadventures with Cuba but then again they didn t send the full brunt of the American army in to deal with Castro Actually talking about Cuba this section is also followed up with a story about the time that Thompson decided to go to Cuba believing the rumour that American En plein coeur journalists are treated like kings there This didn t turn out to be the case and it probably is what is expected in a dictatorship like Cuba yeah I m not sure if Castro is really going to wantournalists wandering around telling everybody what the place is really like and this is also Thompson who really doesn t pull any punches when he is writing Oh and apparently Johnny Depp a good friend of Thompson s was also on his way there and with all of the hoo haa about Depp s dogs here in Australia you can probably imagine the scene that he caused when he arrived at the airport Yeah Thompson s writing one thing I noticed is that you get all of these people who want to write like their favourite author you know Gonzo style Well I can appreciate that but the problem is that there is only one person that could ever write like Hunter S Thompson and that is the man himself Look Gonzo may be great but the problem is that Thompson sort of knows a lot of people and a lot of famous people as well there aren t many of us who can get away with pranking Jack Nicholson The other thing is that Hunter really did live pretty close to the line when it came to the law For instance he would regularly speed and then there is his drug habit which he wasn t at all that shy about That s the thing to write like Thompson you have to be like Thompson and you have to be willing to really stick your neck out oh and you also need to know Johnny Depp Oh and it isn t as if he didn t get into trouble though you could say that he was one of those teflon individuals being that nothing seems to stick For instance there was this time when some woman decided to press charges against him for an alleged sexual harassment Honestly the truth of the matter is going to be up in the air and only his wife Anita really knows what was going on However it escalated pretty uickly in that the DA decided to search his house for eleven hours
and then also add drug charges to the case This pretty then also add drug charges to the case This pretty blew up in their face to the case This pretty much blew up in their face Thompson proceeded to challenge them on the grounds of the Fourth Amendment illegal search and seizure The argument was that searching his house for eleven hours was completely unreasonable and also argued tha one of the easiest things to forget about hunter thompson is that he was smart really smart the exaggerations and drug tales and violent fleur de lis are a lovely bonus but at the heart of my love for hunter thompson is his straight arrow sense of right and wrong his personal sense of outrage at the evils of the world and his ability to stay sharp in the face of the low level grinding mediocrities that pave the road to hellthis collection of essays is personal than some of his other work and it spans his career from beginning to end most affecting and chilling for me are his ruminations on the current bush administration but all of it is compelling it s vibrant passionate funny bitter and true which is everything i really need The only memoir part of this memoir is the beginning where Thompson gives an anecdote that may be true about how he became skeptical of authority at 9 years old The rest is comprised of vignettes some of which may be true and others for which parts may be trueThere are all the Thompson motifs the shooting incidents drug crazed trips in Cadillacs show girls and porn stars brushes with the police and political incorrectnessOne recurring theme the loss of liberties exemplified by a 66 hour search of his farm based on the say so of one Witness and the life The Bookshop on the Shore jail term for a woman who was with a man who committed a murder suicideIf you are a Thompson fan you ve already read this book If not you may want to start with other works I m pretty sure this is going to break my recent run of 2 star reads This is in the foreword The author has gone to visit his old friend Jack Nicholson and in the back of hiseep are all kind of okes and gimcracks to entertain Nicholson s children In addition to the bleeding elk heart there was a massive outdoor amplifier a tape recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears a 1000000 watt spotlight and a 9 mm Smith Wesson semiautomatic pistol with teak wood handles and a box of high powered ammunition There was also a 40 million candlepower parachute flare that would light up the valley for 40 miles for 40 seconds that would seem to an. L Theatre in San Francisco his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acuittal in the famous 99 Days trial Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear And this boisterous blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive ico. .
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An entertaining read since it s hard not to be entertained by Hunter S Thompson s rantings but ultimately disappointing It get three stars instead of two based solely on Thompson s outsized reputation and my fondness for it Ostensibly an autobiography but really not one at all this book is ust a series of snippets and recollections some of which are true but most of which are probably not even in Thompson s loose version of what constitutes truth Pretty dissatisfying reallyI think this review from NYT sums it up nicely Whenever Kingdom of Fear brushe Yeah uality stuff thanks Doc Note Written on Sep 03 2007 when I was much younger I detach myself entirely from the review and its contentsHere s Yr Autobiography Mahalo Res Ipsa LouiturIs it The Art of Memoir just me or is this gentust a wee bit too forceful with his opinionsBefore the sad loss of Hunter S Thompson human marihuana chimney and perpetual idol to each new batch of college students the Colorado based chronicler of injustice and um sports left this rambling and shambling document labelled erroneously by Penguin Books as an autobiography However before we go The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life just aot further it might help to explain the purpose of this mighty man on earth an award winning ournalist author of the Great American Classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and free speaking powerhouse of political retribution delivered with a sly middle finger to the establishment and everyone he deemed stupid enough to disagree with him His purpose among us was as some kind of stoned harbinger of truth someone who actively sought the life of an outlaw existing on the parameters of a nation he viewed corrupt on the inside and exposing the rot festering inside the charade of civilisation His persona was one of a troublemaking thrill seeker and outspoken cult genius writing drug fuelled fiction which varied from readable to overrated while retaining full exclusivity over the phrase gonzo ournalist Kingdom of Fear subtitled vacantly Loathsome Secrets of a Star Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century remains true to the ranting and hellbent persona Dr Thompson perfected in his fiction It is narrated in the same rude crass and matter of fact manner prevalent in his other books Being unschooled in his canon it would be false of me to mention examples and then compare works but I have glazed over Songs of the Doomed and been dazzled at the weight of both political insight and indeed personal disgust His most famous work also inspired me to let my imagination run riot within the confines of both a prose approach as well as the events of a story themselves I have him to thank for popping my surrealist cherry with that 2003 piece about the hedgehog in the car on the pretend milk motorway I burned all four copiesPart OneThe book is divided into three parts but there is no real structure imposed upon the manner Thompson chooses to span his entire existence He opts instead for a similar rambling approach to his previous works which for an autobiography spells only fear and loathing in this reader When The Going Gets Weird The Weird Turn Pro provides the odd piece of genuine insight into the formative stages of Dr Thompson but one of the
flaws of book is the glib tone with which he chooses to express himself There are times when Thompson wishes to inform us of his development into an intellectual and free thinking ournalist with a noble and ust cause on the planet but the lack of focus makes the experience little than a series of anecdotes often arrogant moments of blatant self aggrandising and an exercise in keeping the reader miles and miles out of his personal and emotion inner realmThe opening nugget entitled The Witness introduces the continuous catalogue of his countless legal troubles the most prominent case being a run in with a sex worker determined to take advantage of him The tone then alternates in this first part between fiery attacks on the Bush administration and an almost manic attempt to right old wrongs or clear up previous indiscretions This makes for far less interesting or fulfilling reading than perhaps ust a basic overview of his life and since there is no structure the novel begins to dart between a messy series of his old articles selected news reports of his mischief making and brief pieces where he howls his consternation news reports of his mischief making and brief pieces where he howls his "consternation the fools in charge and the reader is reassured by his foul mouthed honestyPart TwoAt first the " the fools in charge and the reader is reassured by his foul mouthed honestyPart TwoAt first the seems much tantalising as Dr Thompson moves onto his specialist subject with Politics Is The Act of Controlling Your Environment the lengthiest section where he discusses his attempts to stand for mayor of Aspen in 1970 The episode creates a arring portrait of someone who should under no circumstances stand for office but who ends up looking like the finest substitute compared to the other stooges in the running As ever with Thompson America is depicted as a place in almost constant political chaos and flux and despite the illusion of order and sanity the nation is at the mercy of some kind of raging whore beast making peace impossible This point is hammered home clear enough and helps explain his own exaggerated lifestyle choices such as tinkering around with firearms vast uantities of drugs and his night manager Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography job at the strip club mentioned one too many times for comfortSeize The Night and Speedism move onto the topic of hedonism Thompson was unrepentant about his lifestyle choices until his death including his excessive use of drugs and high speed thrills He is adamant that all the decisions he made were out of sheer lust for life writing about the most outrageous episodes of his life in explicit detail before he states that all those who thought he was as OTT as he might have been in his fiction were stupid people The portrait he creates The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S Thompson’s life as a rebel from a smart mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention defyingournalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact fiction and mind altering substancesBrilliant provocative outrageous and brazen Hunter S Thompson's infamous. F himself in this book is not one of a sympathetic man but instead an enigmatic bullster from the highest echelons of bullst determined to keep his wild man mythology going like his idol Bob Dylan It all seems an attempt The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, just to keep the fires of his homebrewed bile and contempt for the government nice and warm and without having to actually present any academic or reasoned opinions behind what he saysPart ThreeThe final section continues in the same vein with random vignettes and rambling narratives divided by handy little asterisks and one or two page filling uotes he includes a whole poem from Robinson Jeffers Witness III is one of the regrettable inclusions here a lengthy news report of a court case Thompson won interspersed with self conscious comments written on a ratty old typewriter It is around this point my patience for the book began to break down and I had to force the remainder of the way through By choosing to stitch sections from newspapers and so forth into his life story and focusing largely on legal episodes instead of himself he is unable to adopt enough sincerity or create a portrait of an appealing man to win me over Some of the photographs and letters here look like nothing than shameless page fillerThis section also includes the famous incident with Jack Nicholson who he was accused of trying to kill and his bizarre field trip to Cuba where for some reason Johnny Depp was invited tooin in as he reported on the unstable political situation over there The most famous episodes in his life especially towards the end of it when he had become something of a celebrity writer had to be included since shock and hyperbole had been Thompson s bread and butter since the 1960s I know how very cynical of me Kingdom of Fear failed to engage me enough to recommend I believe there is a reason for this It should never have been written in the first place Hunter S Thompson was someone whose life should have been chronicled by besotted admirers and lesser writers than himself He should have puffed out of his life a cult hero leaving behind an outstanding body of unmistakable ournalism and immortal novels but instead this work feels like a self satisfied and sloppy self portrait written by a bloated and arrogant erk with his halo ust a touch crooked The humour in the book is childish and tiresome rarely clever and the overall impression from the novel is that Hunter S Thompson was an unlovable contemptuous and ranting soothsayer of political injustice and a hard bitten solider in the blood filled trench of life with a foul mouth and complete lack of self restraint or responsibilityThen again perhaps that was the point I have always been a huge huge fan of Hunter s work Kingdom of Fear is a collection of various writings he did kind of like a memoir where he rants and raves and rants some In his typical Gonzo style he takes the reader on a bizarre and often utterly weird ride through his colourful and always interesting life Opening with his first encounter with the FBI when he was nine years old and no doubt sparking his life long distrust of authority the book whizzes through his musings of various scandals of the day what s going in the hazy world of politics his time in Cuba and so much His tell it like it is attitude simply emphasises everything that is wrong in today s overly PC society and his voice is sorely missed He really was an extraordinary man and I would love nothing than to read a book about what he thinks of the world today We salute you Hunter may many follow in your footsteps throw caution to the wind and ust write what they feel It never got Enough Me enough me S Thompson This is Hunter his finest This book was one of those that you wish had The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl just one page at the end for all of eternity Kingdom of Fear is written in a loose biographical form in true Thompson style it leapfrogs from stories of pre adolescent vandalism to scathing rants of George W Bush in the same chapter but somehow never looses its cohesiveness The stories of Hunter and Johnny Depp exchanging cars and checkbooks will make you laugh like a hyena spit out your coffee and piss yourself all at once his legendary run for Sheriff of Aspen will make you want to become politically active his take on 9 11 and the horrors of the Bush administ I ve always loved Thompson s books and I think this might be my favorite other than Fear and Loathing which is untouchable This one is his most personal and is his last actual book Hey Rube was a compilation of online sports articles so I don t count it before he blew his brains out This one includes ranting about 911 and the Bush Administration if you thought his eulogy of Nixon was savage check out what he has to say about Bush Jr his musings on the 1968 Democratic Convention a must read if you give a shit tales of his early childhood including his first run in with the FBI a description of his first ride on a Ducati super bike and random stories about his worldwide travelsIf you love Hunter don t miss this If you don t well fuck off The Life and Times of Hunter S Thompson31 August 2018 Looking at my previous review I feel that I may not have given this book the credit that it deserves though that does have a lot to do with the length of my reviews if you want to call them as such since I tend to write about what I got out of the book as opposed to anything else Well this book certainly tells you an awful lot about the Hunter than did Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas though I do sort of wonder if he was still alive what he would think about the huge number of mass gun killings that seem to be plaguing the United States The reason I say this is that one thing that I really picked up from this book was that he really loves his guns One thing that stands out in this piece is his style of writi. Rule breaking in hisournalism in his life and under the law changed the shape of American letters and the face of American icons Call it the evolution of an outlaw Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson’s legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio his ob as night manager of the notorious O’Farrel.biggest flaws of