Bookmarks: Thirteen chapters of ‘Brilliance’
It’s hard to begin a review of Hunter S. Thompson without going into a play-by-play of the infinite circus he made his life into.
Thompson, an American journalist and writer, has had such a reverberating effect, the aftershocks of his works still shake politics and the entertainment industry to this day.
This biography discusses Hunter S. Thompson’s life in different categories, but ultimately gives a thorough look at his life – through the drugs, sex and deadlines—and shows a man that wanted to make a difference, but lost faith in the system and gave that system hell for the rest of his life.
Thompson’s life was everything an average reader assumes, and with his writing, Thompson made his readers think and react—whether it meant becoming a fan, a mistress, or the unfortunate soul who had to ward off angry neighbors with “lawyers, guns and money.”
With “Hunter S. Thompson,” Cowan illustrates the progression of Thompson’s obsession with politics after his run for sheriff in Colorado to antagonizing the Nixon Administration and the decades of “drugged out brilliance” in between.
By the end of thirteen chapters, Cowan has made Thompson as unbelievable as an alien and as familiar as a family member.
It’s a great ride and a great read.
Paperback (Barnes and Noble): $13.47
Hardcover (Amazon): $9.98