The Curse of Lono

ISBN: 3822848972
ISBN 13: 9783822848975
By: Hunter S. Thompson Steve Crist Ralph Steadman

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Reader's Thoughts

Zan G

I had seen this lying around the local Half-Price Books and snagged it with a coupon diminishing the hefty price tag. This is a gigantic book with huge beautiful prints by Steadman as well as the usual crazed drunken rambling of Thompson.The whole thing is about a trip to Hawaii to cover the Honolulu Marathon that goes awry a la la Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and degenerates into a mescaline-fueled marlin hunt with a smattering of interesting pre-American Hawaiian history. The art is great, the writing is fantastic. If you can't justify the $50 tag find a library somewhere that has it. Don't expect to carry the thing on a plane or keep it to read at work or something, it weighs about 5 pounds and is like 18x12.


The most elaborate, hilarious, and engrossing "big fish" tale ever committed to print. This is one of Hunter Thompson's greatest achievements, and it doesn't hurt that the packaging is lavish. 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. What is so fascinating about this last feature is that it reveals what other HST books have left out: the studious preparation behind the wild stories.Roughly ten years after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the action opens with the line "We were about forty minutes out of San Fransisco when the crew finally decided to take action on the problem in Lavatory 1B." Remarkably similar to the iconic opening "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold". And so begins a manifold tale of America in the '80s-a tale of a Christmas vacation gone horribly, horribly wrong-a tale of high stakes sports fishing-and the tale of a man finding his inner godliness on the westernmost edge of America.Put that way, The Curse of Lono might be the most ambitious book in the Thompson oeuvre. Either way, I personally think it is his funniest.


I don't know why I have been in Hawaii this long without reading this. It was time to pick it up.It has all the hallmarks of a Hunter Thompson work.... energy, macho, drugs & alcohol, fast cars, loose talk and some politically uncorrect nouns and adjectives. The drawings of Ralph Steadman add even more edginess. The story is secondary to the style.Also, like any Hunter Thompson book, there is redeeming content. While an ordinary journalist would cover Waikiki, surfing and flowers... they rate only a mention with HST.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. The description is pure Thompson... and right on.Thompson does the same for 2 week storm on the Big Island - again - not often mentioned in other travel literature.The longest part is about sport fishing in Kona.Interspersed is some period writing of the voyage of Captain Cook and one from Mark Twain.It's a good fast read. I like the layout. Nicely wedged in Hawaiian allusions. Pure, but not vintage, Thompson.

Tim Ryan

A very fun Hunter S picture book. By no means my favorite of his, but there are some hidden gems, and the Steadman art is always a favorite of mine. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Hunter, and would not to anyone who doesn't. I have already decided that one day it will be my official coffee table book, as it is large, has pretty pictures, and many of the stories or snippets are short and easily understandable.

Flo Rer

ich verstehe den kult um diesen autor einfach nicht.. ich habe mich tötlich gelangweilt

Greg Panos

A good friend of mine owns a copy... maybe second of third edition-- still cost him a fortune. We were talking recently about our love of the south pacific and plans for buying time share on the big island of hawaii or possibly kauai. He asks me if i've ever read Lono. I had read F&L in Las Vegas many moons ago and never went deeper into HST. So I located a copy of this sucker and enjoyed the ride tremdously. I just connected with the rambling, psychotic saga on many many levels. This acted as the catalyst for my HST obsession over the past two months.


HST and Ralph Steadman are at it again in this humorous saga in Hawaii. Hunter is sent to cover a race for Running magazine and plans to make a vacation out of it with Ralph and his family. Hunter even talks him in to bring the family dog with them. This story will take you through journal entries from Capitan Cook to Mark Twain with Ralph's full color artwork to captivate the madness. This book is out of print so get your copy if you see it. It's one to brighten up your collection.

Joe Checketts

The refreshingly sardonic Dr. Thompson and his uncanny wit strike gold taking on the Honolulu Marathon, the Big Island, big game fishing, mahu's, and Captain Cook mid 80's style. He asks a fair question. Why do eight thousand people choose to torture themselves in a race that they have zero chance of winning? Is it the free t-shirt, the search for meaning or just a massive insanity conquest parallel to religion? Better than the "Rum Diary" this gem is accompanied by classic character dialogue that's truly vintage Hunter S. Thompson.

Alexander McNabb

It's rather swish of me, but I have the huge and lavish Taschen edition of this wonderful book - probably one of Thompson's most underrated pieces of work.Any book that starts with the narrator making his way through customs with a blue arm because he chickened out of flushing his stash down the airplane toilet and grabbed it back is obviously going to be pretty 'out there' and this doesn't disappoint.As usual, Steadman's manic illustrations match Thompson's twisted narrative. Brilliant.I went back for a wander around it today because I was too busy to do anything as indulgent as wander around a Taschen book. And I thought about GoodReads. Hence you're reading this!Buy it. The Taschen one is actually worth the money, BTW - it's the perfect frame for Steadman's work.

Frank Roberts

One of the last decent stories from Thompson - before the gonzo swamped his journalism, turning his later efforts into convoluted rants. Lono runs with the wry humor and observations on human foibles. And it has a heaping helping of Ralph Steadman's artwork - in fact this tale of the Hawaiian Marathon is short, collaborative effort between the writer and the artist, rather than a fat Thompson book with a Steadman cover. All in all it's big fun and worth having on a shelf at home.


This book is a good view into Thompson's later years as he takes a trip to Hawaii with artist Ralph Stedman. Like Fear and Loathing, both characters have very colorful personalities; and although the drug escapades and drunken stupors aren't quite as extreme, the story sheds light to Thompson's self realization and discovery of his own almighty powers (as a person). I would certainly recommend this.


As someone who considers his best work to be "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", it's hard to really approach a Hunter S. Thompson book without any kind of bias. "Lono" takes Thompson and his artist, Ralph Steadman, into Hawaii to cover the Honolulu Marathon. Amazingly, Thompson ends up covering the event without much incident, but the events take a turn in that way only gonzo journalism is capable of.A somewhat short read, but enjoyable all the same.


Hunter seemed a little bitter in this one. Opposite to 'Fear and Loathing,' he seemed less about making fun of 'our' situation, and more about crawling under people's skin and bullying and taunting the unsuspecting victims around him.In the difference of ten years, Hunter seemed to have lost hope in humanity, and this book made that point very clear. It was a well written and tragic story about one of America's greatest journalist's hate-filled trips to Hawaii. The artwork by Ralph Steadman is a nice compliment to this book.


only for die hard Hunter fans.

Julie Patchouli

I loved this book.

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