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Kingdom of Fear Loathsome Secrets of a Star crossed Child in the Final Days of the American CenturyRess himself There are times when Thompson wishes to inform s of his development into an intellectual and free thinking journalist with a noble and just 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

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entitled The Witness 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 in this first part between fiery attacks the Bush Administration And An Almost Manic and an almost manic to right old wrongs or clear Shotgun Bride up previous indiscretions This makes for far less interesting or fulfilling reading than perhaps just 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 for the fools in charge and the reader is reassured by his foul mouthed honestyPart TwoAt first the proposition 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 jarring portrait of someone who shouldnder no circumstances stand for office but who ends The Long Road Home 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 vastantities of drugs and his night manager job at the strip club mentioned one too many times for comfortSeize The Night and Speedism move onto the topic of hedonism Thompson was The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny, unrepentant about his lifestyle choicesntil his death including his excessive The Greek Tycoons Revenge 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 of 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 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 fillingotes 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 Rule breaking in his journalism in his life and nder 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 gly Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio his job as night manager of the notorious O’Farrel. An entertaining read since it s hard not to be entertained by Hunter S Thompson s Rantings But Ultimately Disappointing It but The Queens Choice ultimately disappointing It 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 just 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 itp nicely Whenever Kingdom of Fear brushes The Cowboy Wants a Wife! up against the aching interior spaces that feed genuine autobiography family lost friends regrets he recoils and hides in bad gonzo clich s You d think that at this point in his life Thompson is 65 he d be interested in exorcising his demons than in making cartoons out of them Yeahality 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 just me or is this gent just 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 m sports left batch of college students the Colorado based chronicler of injustice and m sports left rambling and shambling document labelled erroneously by Penguin Books as an autobiography However before we go just a jot further it might help to explain the purpose of this mighty man on earth an award winning journalist 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 The Highlander and the Wolf Princess (Legend of the Faol, 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 journalist 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 Beingnschooled 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 pon 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 biggest flaws of the book is the glib tone with which he chooses to exp. 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 defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact fiction and mind altering substancesBrilliant provocative outrageous and brazen Hunter S Thompson's infamous. ,
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Tory and focusing largely on legal episodes instead of himself he is nable 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 to join in as he reported on the nstable political situation over there The reason Johnny Depp was invited to join in as he reported on the nstable political situation over there The famous episodes in his life especially towards The End Of It When end of it when 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 Breaking the Governesss Rules unmistakable journalism and immortal novels but instead this work feels like a self satisfied and sloppy self portrait written by a bloated and arrogant jerk with his halo just 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 annlovable 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 tterly 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 #the hazy world of politics his time in Cuba and 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 just write what they feel It never got weird enough for me Hunter S Thompson This is Hunter at his finest This book was one of those that you wish had 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 administration might just make you shed a tear or two No one does political satire better This book makes me sad that not another one will ever be written like it and it makes me grateful that I still have plenty of Thompsons books left to read. 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.