The Curse of Lono

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

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*Back-dating reviews based on snips I find*I’m officially taking a break from Hunter S. Thompson. I’m sick of feeling like I’m missing the point. I swear, that blurb has made me paranoid! Every book I read, I’m like “Is it hilarious? Am I missing something hilarious?” I mean, I like his style of writing and I like the fact that much of it surrounds journalism in some form, but I’ve never read a book – barring ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and felt like I really got the tone it was written in, or the jokes – if there was any.I think I’ve gotten myself wound up to the point I’m determined to read more and crack the issue, but it’s just making me more paranoid! That seems about right, considering the excessive drugs in every book of his, like, ever. I’m officially on Hunter hiatus. For now.(I read one of his books a while back and thought it was good - I liked it, but that was all. Then I read the blurb in which a review had called it hilarious. That's almost certainly always going to be the incident I refer to any time I read his books).

Peterk Koleff

Truly a masterpiece. Even as of today I open this precious thing and read passages to cheer myself up. I dont know in what kind of drunken or narcotic haze a person have to be in order to write with such a tremendous vibe but the book really shows the author's superiority over words. In the usual Hunter S. Thompson style the reader is dragged into the deep, sacrificing common sense for just living for the moment, feeling the whole madness of this remote location, all done by telling us this silly, near-fantastic story..


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.


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.


There's something of the throwaway Gonzo pot-boiler about The Curse of Lono. I started reading the first few pages unsure about what to expect but fairly confident in knowing that i'd be able to spend some time riding Thompsons fun and bumpy prose through some kind of wreckless drug-fuelled narrative. That's partly what you get from this book but it isn't as chemically driven as the Vegas book, for example, and it unfortunately doesn't pull you along in quite with quite the same momentum. There's less power to Thompsons allure here than there was with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or even The Rum Diary and it ends up being Ralph Steadmans brilliantly twisted illustrations which stand out the most.It still brought me some fun though and i can’t really bring myself to be irritated by its shortcomings. It can’t be placed on the same level of quality as some of his earlier work but it gave me a few laughs and raised the occasional smile. Thompson fans should get a copy of this but if you're a newcomer then you'd be better off reading something else.


Aside from his SF Chronicle works from the 80s(Generation of Swine, etc.) I think this is as fun as HST gets. It is notable that HST is able to sprinkle/disperse accurate lessons on the history of Hawaii throughout his misadventures on the islands. I think it could be said this is typical of many of his works. A great mixture of comedy, history, and commentary on American society. Although, as a caveat I have to admit that the history part may not as prevalent as the comedy and commentary.Also - this book peaked my interest in Ralph Steadman, who has his own interesting and successful career as an artist.

Flo Rer

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


Strangely enough I moved to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii a few months after the events described in this novel.It stirred up long forgotten memories, and sent a chill down my spine as I recalled a similar overall experience with the place in terms of it being extremely beautiful, and extremely dangerous all at the same time.The illustrations are incredible and lend a rich flavor, especially in the size format this book is printed in.Hair raising adventures for sure, not to be missed for serious HST fans.GONZO forever!

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.

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.

Mike Marsbergen

My current favourite-book-of-all-time, from my current favourite-writer-of-all-time. I never thought I'd ever get a chance to read this bad-boy, or at least, not until I hit the age of forty. But my parents were kind enough to splurge on it for my birthday back on July 11th, 2013. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this thing is bloody ginormous. My version is a coffee-table book, meaning it could technically be used as a weapon or to club off intruders.The pictures are beautiful, and the size of the book really allows them to come to life.The story itself is a wonderfully wacky Thompson tale which blends comedy and weirdness with darker stuff (the dogs, man!) and even some Hawaiian history. A genre-blender of the highest order.Highly recommended to anyone and everyone. I was laughing until tears came out of my eyes, and then two lines later I'd be questioning my own sanity.If only Hunter S. Thompson had written more...

Shane Westfall

Great read! This has to be the only book that has made me curious about visiting Hawaii. I always thought the only reason the islands existed was so that conservative Americans could have the experience of visiting another country without stepping off of U.S. soil. Anyway, it is some of Hunter's best work and only AFTER I found it at a garage sale for one dollar did I learn that it is rare and hard to find and such, so that made it more pleasant. Of course other reviewers online make it sound as if his story is unusual and it sounds similar to many of my vacations, so maybe they are exaggerating that as well.


i love hunter. i love that this book, like so many of his other works, breaks down in the telling (to be supplemented by a series of letters to steadman). i love his ability to convey a wealth of background information about his setting in an engaging way. i love his tone and sensibility, razor sharp and bitingly funny, subversive but (generally) good-hearted. i love the image of him cruising into port bellowing "i am lono!"...i love his spirit.

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.

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.

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