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The Curse of Lono (Anglais) Relié – 30 septembre 2005


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Publié à l’origine en 1983, Curse présente tous les jeux de mots dingues et hallucinants associés à l’oeuvre sauvage par laquelle le duo formé par Hunter S. Thompson et Ralph Steadman fut connu et reconnu. Ce curieux livre, considéré comme une singularité dans l’oeuvre de Hunter, a longtemps attendu avant d’être imprimé, causant de sérieuses difficultés aux collectionneurs pour trouver une copie originale. L’édition limitée et signée de TASCHEN, fut épuisée avant même que le livre paraisse en librairie, mais cette version illimitée, éditée dans un plus petit format, rend The Curse of Lono accessible à tous.

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Le légendaire auteur Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) a développé un style si acerbe pour parler de la vie et de la politique américaine qu’il hérita de son propre surnom : « journaliste cinglé ». Ses articles de magazines et ses livres ont influencé toute une génération d’écrivains et établi sa voix comme une part essentielle du tissu socio-politique des Etats Unis.
L’illustrateur : Ralph Steadman est mieux connu pour ses collaborations avec Thompson. Parmi ses propres livres, on compte les biographies de Sigmund Freud et de Léonard de Vinci ainsi que l’histoire de Dieu, The Big I Am.


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Thompson-Steadman harmony at its best 30 avril 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
From the blue-armed freak, to the demonic fire-glowing night in The Land of Po, this is essential HST. Throw in the Honolulu Marathon, and the good doctor serves up a characteristic glimpse of his own weird Americana that calls for all other social critics to throw down their pens in reverence and futility. This book is Thompson-Steadman harmony unparalleled. Steadman's illustrations are hallucinogenic masterpieces that complement the fury of Thompson's writing. If you call yourself a devotee, don't leave a hole in your library where this book belongs. It is pure visceral madness. The final scene stakes its claim with any of his best works and is nothing short of what those of us who care have come to know as life-blood joy and the frenzied understanding of more than a few generations of enlightenment. Read it. Now
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paradise reconsidered 25 octobre 2008
Par gonzobrarian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This particular piece by Hunter S. Thompson is less appreciated or even overlooked in favor of his more popular works, particularly his adventure in Las Vegas. Lono is the perfect follow-up to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as it reflects the recipe which catapulted Thompson's method of gonzo: travel to some exotic locale, cover some seemingly trivial yet ultimately bizarre sporting event, overstay your time exploring the local culture which will ultimately prove equally or even more entertaining than said sporting event, and finally hide in retreat after the blur of intoxication and savage alienation have been extolled upon friends, family, and locals. Not a bad formula, and not a bad writer.

I doubt that the similarity was deliberate to Fear and Loathing, but who really knows? Where Lono is unique is through the division of labor. Thompson's presence is requested in Hawai'i to cover both the brutal exertion and mindset associated with the Honolulu Marathon; he covers it well, but predictably, the real action begins afterward. Unpredictably, accompanying Thompson during his exploits is the illustrator Ralph Steadman, along with each of their families. Without going into too much detail, his companions slowly dwindle due to the harsh conditions on the Kona coast in winter as well as the mental fatigue precipitating it, thereby leaving Thompson to associate with the more seedy element of Hawai'i (within which he fits nicely). Needless to say, chaos ensues, and the reader is exposed to a Hawai'i not normally described in tourist books. Marathons, deathly pounding surf, flooded cottages, elusive marlin hunting, Samoan war axes, dreaded red fleas, and mass quantities of alcohol make for a paradise reconsidered.

Intertwining parts of pure gonzo narrative, the lush, colorful drawings of Ralph Steadman, Thompson's own correspondence, and excerpts of Hawaiian history and lore, The Curse of Lono is nearly as exhilarating as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; it's an evident example of Hunter S. Thompson, in the twilight of his writing, creating yet another brilliant exposition that's humorous, informative and entertainingly bizarre. Weird. Terrifying. Fascinating. Pass the grapefruit.
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Best description of marathon madness I have ever read. 23 juin 1998
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Prior to reading this book, I had dismissed the author as someone who just got loaded and made up a bunch of stuff. However, the first few chapters of Lono represent the best description of marathon madness of those times that I have ever read (I finished 6th place at the 1983 Honolulu Marathon). His insightfulness into carbo-loading parties and the running divorce lead me to believe that he first did his research sober and then crawled off to finish the book.It has given me a lot of new respect for Gonzo Journalism.And Steadman's manic drawings of a perfect match.
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An unknown classic 27 octobre 2007
Par Beau Christensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This books is probably the least well-known of HST's books. But it was a very pleasant surprise upon reading it. It is classic Thompson, self-destructive, paranoid, and hilarious. If you take his word for it, you might never visit Hawaii yourself!
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Amazing visual collectors item 1 août 2006
Par lonelight - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is so big that it won't fit on my flippin' book shelf, and the reason for that is because of Ralph Steadman's full size color pictures throughout. As a matter of fact, there's more to the pictures than to the actual writings of the good doctor. It's an interesting read, all in all, but the book itself is only 200 some odd pages and a little less than half of these pages are dedicated to Ralphs artwork. The actual read only takes about an hour, and during the read, one can't help but think that there is whole chapters missing from the text. Anyways, I consider this an essential "collectors item" from the king of Gonzo, but not quite essential reading. Just because of the unique book design and layout (and artwork) it is a real treasure to own, but it is not the "Fear and Loathing in Hawaii", as some have called it. It is worth the money (36$)and if you find one cheaper (not hardcover) I would not buy it. This is an essential hardcover buy, and if it was reduced to anything less than it is, I would have been disappointed.
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