A desert wind moans sadly.
The journalist was killed in unusual circumstances on the day of the National Chicano Moratorium march and rally against the Vietnam War, and soon became somewhat of a martyr for the repressed community. This article is the first real introduction of Oscar Zeta Acosta, and it was during the writing that Thompson and Acosta took their famous trip to Las Vegas, which resulted in the novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Thompson appears in the book, with Acosta, but there is little in the way of goofing around.
The story appealed to Thompson, unsurprisingly, because of the sense of hopelessness and injustice perpetrated by the authorities. However, it may come as a shock to some readers to see Thompson striving always for the truth, rather than taking the sense of injustice and using his words to convey it.
As a result, the article takes the form of an obituary, an investigation, and a study of the violence and racial tensions prevalent in the Chicano areas of Los Angeles at the time.
Consequently, whilst Thompson does manage to take his usual shots at the police and the media, he casts a critical eye in the search of truth rather than mocking and accusing his enemies.
He takes the police accounts and discredits them, and although he goes into detail in regards the charges of the militant Chicano community, he does not necessarily take their arguments as truth.
The result is a serious piece of journalism with elements of Gonzo inserted for mild comic relief.
Obviously his contempt for injustice saw him strive for something more than the thrown-together madness of his recent work, as he returned somewhat to the style of his South American reportage.
While he does come clean about his prejudices against the police and his scepticism over the death of Salazar, as well as his sympathies towards the Chicano cause, Thompson refuses to jump on the conspiracy, and eventually comes to a conclusion that neither the militants nor the authorities were entirely correct in their claims.
By offering his prejudices up front, Thompson is employing a technique that will be explored in the second part of this book, as frequently applied in his political writing.
He states his position and shatters the idea of objective journalism. The reader knows that what follows is biased, and must then approach it differently. When an outrageous claim is made, perhaps it is not a fact, but rather a method of conveying an understanding of the subject.
Nothing can be taken literally. Here, Thompson states his opinions and seeks a truth that he may not want to discover. He makes himself vulnerable as a reporter, but somehow more honest. He portrays himself as flawed and human, unlike the journalists of supposedly objective journalism, who purport to having all the facts.
Rather than his wild assertions about Nixon, the government and the media, he provides a conclusion that blends his feelings with the facts in a last attempt to search for the real truth.
Their handling of the Salazar case — from the day of the his death all the way to the end of the inquest — raised serious doubts about the wisdom of allowing cops to walk around loose on the street.
Rather than rave about the evil of the authorities, Thompson reflects upon his exploration of the story by questioning the intelligence of the police in dealing with the killing, which one can hardly dispute.Hunter S. Thompson had arrived in Sonoma County. In early February , Thompson was not yet the literary bottle rocket whose freewheeling “gonzo” style of reporting and writing in books including “Hell’s Angels” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” would help change modern journalism.
Free download or read online Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of this novel was published in , and was written by Hunter S. Thompson. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists /5(K).
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Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman à clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a travelogue of sorts, due to the blurred lines between fiction and non-fiction, which deeply explores the status of the American Dream during the early 70’s, specifically Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a semi-autobiographical novel by American journalist and author Hunter S.
Thompson, with illustrations by Ralph Steadman. It first appeared in Rolling Stone magazine in two parts in and was released as a novel the following year.