On This Bookish Day :July 18th – Hunter S. Thompson Is Born

Hello bookworms,

Welcome back to On This Bookish Day, where one day of the month I will honour an important literary date in history. I’ll tell you a little about the author and review one of their books.

So, on this bookish day:

July 18th – Hunter S. Thompson is born, 1937

Thompson was born in Kentucky, to a middle class family. After the death of his father, his family faced some hard times, which left them in poverty. After assisting with a robbery he spent 60 days in prison and was unable to complete his high school education.

Thompson was most well known for being the founder of gonzo journalism. Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. Wikipedia link here. This is exactly what his first publication was, Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967). In which he spent a year living with the Hell’s Angels, hearing their stories first hand. His most well known work is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971). This was originally printed in Rolling Stones magazine, then later turned into a film starring Johnny Depp.

After a series of health problems, he committed suicide at the age of 67.

A few random facts:

  • Johnny Depp paid to have his ashes shot out of a cannon, as per his will
  • At 15, he made an electric go-kart using a washing machine engine.
  • To improve his writing style and while working for Time he copied F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” word for word, from start to finish.

Thompson had a very, very busy life (and I am sure I have only scratched the surface here) but I hope you guys found that interesting.

Fear and Loathing


This is a book about a man who goes on a road trip to Las Vegas. It is his experience on many drugs and alcohol.

So my summery is two short sentences. That is because nothing really happens in this book…..at all. This tells the story of him on a ton of drugs, all at once, and lots of mixing them with alcohol and of course, driving. I just found myself bored: I don’t really care to read 204 pages of decisions based on what a high brain thinks is a good idea. Looking for ways to get higher, get away from a hotel without paying the bill, speeding while high and drunk without getting caught, and many more bad decisions.

I would have given this book one star normally. But I was trying to look at the big picture: it does give some insight into how an addicted mind is working, their main focus being on drugs and “fun”. Obviously not a good way to learn about addiction, but it does show what is going on up there in Thompson’s brain.

In the end I would not recommend this book. I originally intended to watch the movie to add a paragraph about how I thought it compared to the book. But as you may have guessed, I’m really not interested. Right now I would rather watch some iZombie.


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