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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Essay

  • Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


    The story begins abruptly, as we find our mock heroes out in the desert en route to the
    savvy resort of Las Vegas. The author uses a tense hitchhiker as a mode, or an excuse, for
    a flashback that exposes the plot. An uncertain character picked up in the middle of the
    desert who Raoul Duke, the main character, feels the need to explain things to, to help
    him rest easy. They had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets
    of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of
    multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers....Also a quart of tequila, a quart of
    rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw either, and two dozen amyls. They were on
    assignment from a fashionable sporting magazine in New York, to cover the 4th Annual "Mint
    400" dirt bike and dune buggy race. A savage journey to the heart of the American dream.

    Before one can review the motion picture "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", he must first
    research the full length novel of the same name. The book first appeared in 1971 in issues
    95 and 96 of Rolling Stone magazine, published November 11th and 25th respectively.
    Although the two part series stated its author was someone called Raoul Duke, the story
    was copyrighted in 1971 by Hunter S. Thompson. Raoul Duke is actually the false name under

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