A zany and surreal gonzo masterpiece, Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman’s book mixes the crazed writing of the former with the splattery. A wild ride to the dark side of Americana The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist’s “”coverage”” . Results 1 – 30 of 32 The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson and a great selection of related books , art and collectibles available now at

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Curse of Lono

Needless to say, he goes into hiding with the help of a weed-smoking park ranger. The first focus is the Honolulu Marathon – not even present in most travel books although it is every bit as international as its NYC and Boston cousins. Jan 24, Nils Lantz rated it it was amazing.

Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. I might need more this summer. Thompson is a figure of the Platonic Ideal of an American. I even cuddled with it. One afternoon this week as I rode my bicycle home from the library I passed under the branches of an array of stout old trees along the roadway.

Right up there with brown copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Exactly. This is the kind of story that could make for a compelling movie, but as a book in the manner it’s told the story fails to stay interesting.

Log-in or create an account first! Near Fine with no dust jacket.

View all 5 comments. Thompson continually toys with the figure of Cook as thhompson archetypal arrogant imperialist, quite properly hacked to pieces and interlards his ravings with many quotations from Richard Hough’s The Last Voyage of Captain James Cook–a far more interesting text. It was time to pick it up. A huge coffeetable book with quality prints, facsimiles of the Good Doctor’s relevant letters, and interspersed excerpts from other books that fill in the Hawaiian history relevant to the story.


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By this time in his career, he had regrettably found himself utterly hemmed in by the Gonzo character he had created. But my parents were kind enough to splurge on it for my birthday back on July 11th, This is the Hunter Thompson book you’ve never humter of, but really want to read. Ralph and his family, upset about the terrible conditions of their vacation, return to England. Las Vegas took on. The fishing boat returns to the dock, with Hunter screaming triumphantly, “I am Lono!

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I freely admit I’d never heard of Thompson or Steadman, and that it was actually the latter’s frenetic and vaguely frightening art that drew me to the book. But who would possibly have one of those? A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dj. I was laughing until tyompson came out of my eyes, and then two lines later I’d be questioning my own sanity.

Thompson books Hawaii culture in Hawaii Bantam Books books. Thompson visiting the Kona coast of Hawaii during the early ‘s. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas amazing 2. Fine book in a Fine Dust Jacket. Oct 20, Mirko Bozic rated it it was amazing. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Las Vegas, padded further by extensive excerpts from other sources on Hawaiian history does he do that in ANY other book? After aceing some beautiful and hilarious observations on the insanity of running, he and his cadre head for the Kona Coast on the big island where things get much stranger.

Photographs by Hunter S.

Unfortunately, this book lacks the grand mission that Thompson is on assignment to cover a local sporting event, falls in with a bad crowd and gets into drug crazed conflicts with the locals.

Why the book has been treated as a specialty item is a mystery to me, because, at least in terms of laughs per square column inch, it possibly beats even Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Legendary author Hunter S. Hardcoverpages.

Dutiful covering of event while getting wasted on drugs and alcohol. The Curse of Lono Hunter S. I’m also a native of Louisville, like Thompson, and that’s an exclusive club of shared weirdness.

The Curse of Lono is a gonzo-lite memoir of Hunter S.