I could really summarize Fear and Loathing in a similar manner to The Road.
Man and Lawyer get high on LSD. Man and Lawyer have paranoid episode. Man and Lawyer get high on ether. Man runs from cops who aren’t really chasing him, etc, etc.
I’m going to have to retract a few things a said in my review of The Road, because Fear and Loathing in
doesn’t have a plot or character development. It's a rambling, long weekend acid trip to Las Vegas. I didn’t love Fear and Loathing, but I felt like reading gave me an experience that I never would have had otherwise. Las Vegas
I’ve never tried drugs (I’ve actually never smoked a cigarette), but reading this book is the closest I’ll ever feel to being on them – and from that I’ll just say “No thank you”. I felt the narrator’s paranoia and mania. Hunter S. Thompson uses/invented a writing style referred to as “Gonzo”. It’s almost a stream of consciousness that puts the reader in the mind of main character and it’s effective.
It’s not a hard read, but it’s not something I could fly through because I could only take 10-15 pages of paranoia at a time.
Rating this is a struggle because if I rate it purely from an enjoyment of reading perspective it’s probably a 5. But rating it taking into account the original writing style and the effectiveness at making the reader feel like they are living what the writer is would warrant a 9.
Splitting the difference – 7 out of 10 stars