Picks and Pans Review: The Curse of Lono

UPDATED 12/05/1983 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/05/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman

It is possible that some of the events in this typically enigmatic, stream-of-unconsciousness book really happened. Thompson, a onetime gonzo journalist (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) is now a gonzo gonzo. He arrives in Hawaii with British artist Steadman to cover the Honolulu marathon for a running magazine. Some of the locals believe that Thompson is really Lono, a Hawaiian god, and he decides that they're right. Thompson goes deep-sea fishing, and the trip is chaos: "We had gone off in a frenzy of conquest—to the wrong place at the wrong time and probably for all the wrong reasons—and now we were limping back home with our decks full of blood and our nerves turned to jelly." Many anecdotes are begun, but most seem to dissolve in a haze of margaritas, pot, mescaline or other mysterious chemicals. Thompson's writing is fragmented, to say the least: "We drove to the tops of volcanoes, we drank heavily, set off many bombs." Steadman's splattery, grotesque drawings seem perfect illustrations for whatever's going on. (Bantam, $9.95)

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