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Peter Tanner
Commercial Real Estate Management and Leasing

Affiliation with UVic English: Alumni, B.A. English 1991; current President, UVic Alumni Association

Special Book: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

When did you first read this book:

I was about 14 years old growing up in Whitehorse, Yukon in the Seventies.

Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”.

What does the sentence mean to you?

How could a book that opens like this not catch your attention? The story was hilarious, outrageous, dangerous, immediate, and ostensibly true! Gonzo journalism freshly hatched, and paired with bizarre and freakish Ralph Steadman pencil drawings. The book showed me how much fun reading a novel could be, and launched me in search of hundreds more.