Literary Tourism: Las Vegas, Nevada

by Rachel Baker on October 12, 2014

I’ve never been to Vegas, but would like to at least once in my life. Because of the game fallout: new vegas, there are a few places I’d like to visit in the area. And well, you know, I’d like to go to a casino, see the famous “welcome to Las Vegas Nevada” sign; and probably do a bit a gambling – sadly, that’s all I know about the place.

There are a few books that are set in the Las Vegas area – and if you play your cards right, by reading the books on this list, you can probably get a really good idea of what the area is like.

Literary Tourism: Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s not only strip clubs and gambling in Las Vegas. Promise.

Also, if you’ve only read about Las Vegas in books, it’s not only the drug-addled craze of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or the–not drug-addled, but similarly crazed–Las Vegas in The Stand.

I’d say instead that one of the truest depictions of Vegas was in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Tartt found a way to show how the excesses of that city are somehow muted against the wide desert and mountains that surround it.

And somewhere within that place of extremes, there are also books.

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