Just got done reading it earlier today. Brilliant! This book was a joy from beggining to end. I don’t think it really had a point, and the whole thing about the search for the Amercican Dream* seemed sort of tacked on, but I was grinning during at least half of the time I was reading it. And the the first chapter in this book is probably one of the funniest chapters I’ve read in any book**. The illistrations were nice to. Sorta left me wishing more books had them. Oddly enough, I didn’t care for the movie so much even though it was very accurate, and the performances were good…I suppose some of this can be chalked up to seeing this on a old VHS, combined in which the way Johnny Depp spoke as Hunter S Thompson (which he did great), it made the dialogue damn near impossible to hear. Having read this book, seeing bits of the movie for the second time on Bravo, and watching a trailer of it someplace online, has sparked my interest in owning the DVD. However, as usually is the case with me, I prefer owning the best edition of the movie that’s out there, which is the $40 Critereon Collection edition.
Can anyone tell me wether all the special features make it worth owning? Specialy features are all good and fine, but I’m only going to spend this much on a DVD if there’s some geniuenly entertaining interviews, looks at the creation of the book and movie, artwork, commentaries worth listening to for a change of pace, and good stuff all around.
Anyone here own it? What say you?
Just what is “The American Dream” supposed to mean? In the book, it seems to have been described as the sum of all of the different possibilites in which one could live. Is this nomraly what people mean when they use this phrase?