Just read - Hunter S. Thompson's 'Hell's Angels'

Just read - Hunter S. Thompson's 'Hell's Angels'

After enjoying both The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I was very excited to dig into another book by Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels. Thompson was embedded with a gang of motorcycle outlaws called the Hells Angels in/around Oakland for over a year, and this book tells his stories with the Angels and sees him commenting on their wild popularity in the mid-'60s.  

Perhaps it's the more straightforward tone or the mostly/totally nonfiction-ness of Hell's Angels, but this book was much harder for me to get through than the previously mentioned ones. It felt poorly paced by comparison, and sometimes dry despite a pretty interesting subject matter. You can tell that Thompson didn't have his full voice about him yet, but unlike The Rum Diary, where that was easily masked by a decent fictional narrative, Hell's Angels doesn't keep your attention as efficiently.  

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Just read: Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' & 'The Rum Diary'

Just read: Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' & 'The Rum Diary'

Last week, I finished reading Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary, which I began immediately after concluding his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. These were my first ventures into Thompson's novels; I had read a couple of his better-known articles in my final journalism course at UF, which was all about magazine feature writing. So I was aware of Gonzo journalism and his general reputation. I enjoyed both books very much and I intend to read through several more of his novels in the near future.

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