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KINGDOM OF FEAR

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Kingdom of Fear

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Hunter S. Thompson
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a D+

Despite the publisher’s assurance that the book is ”a true memoir,” Thompson — once the gonzo author-hero of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, now a parody of the same — strikes closer to the mark in proclaiming his slack sentences ”gibberish” and ”crude hashish ravings.” The political comments are rabid foamings; the anecdotes melt into useless freakishness. (Have you heard the one about an overturned Cadillac, two hookers, and a flock of sheep?) While a few reminiscences of run-ins with Johnny Law come within shouting distance of coherence, most whir gratingly away as Thompson weaves toward his crowning insight: ”I have the soul of a teenage girl in the body of an elderly dope fiend.”