Kingdom of Fear 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… Kingdom of Fear 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… 2003-01-07 Nonfiction
Book Review

KINGDOM OF FEAR (2003)

EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; Writer: Hunter S. Thompson; Genre: Nonfiction

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.''

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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