Sunday, April 17, 2016
Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
author: Troy Little
average rating: 3.79
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/04/16
date added: 2016/04/17
'Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' is a graphic novel by Troy Little based on the book. In many ways, this seems like the perfect form for such a bonkers piece of literature.
I've read the original book, and I've seen the movie based on the book. Now I've read the graphic novel adaptation, and I found myself nodding my head and realizing this version is a darn near perfect adaptation.
For those not familiar, the book is about a trip to Las Vegas in the post 1960s by a journalist and his attorney friend to report on a motorcycle race. A large quantity of illegal substances are consumed and not much sleep is had and the book feels like the fever dream of a lunatic. There are hallucinations of reptiles, the trashing of hotel rooms, and the paranoia of being caught and thrown in prison for multiple infractions. Along the way, there is a thread woven of post-idealism in a world where we are still in the Vietnam War and the dreams of the young seem like fading memories.
There is quite a bit of text, and I love that it's done in a typewriter font. The art is cartoonish, which is absolutely perfect for this story. The hallucinations pop off the pages and the art warps and bends depending on the abused drug. It's a crazy trip and the art is perfect for the whole thing.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Top Shelf Productions, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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