The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A young reporter's life in the 1950s. Paul Kemp breaks into the profession on a newspaper in Puerto Rico and through his eyes are portrayed colorful characters in the days when newspapers flourished.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2011, c1998.
Edition: Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780684855219
Characteristics: 204 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Dec 16, 2015

Thompson's sole novel, long thought lost, is a semi-autobiographical, episodic, drink soaked tale of journalist working in 1950's Puerto Rico. The protagonist plunges into bad behavior, heavy drinking, sex, and, only occasionally, work. As with Thompson's non-fiction, the prose is both slightly crazed and lucid, full of acute observations. There's also a melancholy strain that gives it, despite the debauchery, an almost soulful quality. The film version was rather poorly reviewed, but it's not bad. Suggested drink pairing: rum.

Mar 03, 2015

I was not sure what I was expecting when I picked up the book but I was happy with it. The narrative of the story was quite good and it flowed with quite well. Anyone who likes Hunter S. Thompson should give some time for this book.

Apr 19, 2013

This is a book I could see owning. I found myself rereading some of his sentences over and over again just to savor them. This early work shows HST as a thoughtful, self-reflective young man. I thought both this and "Hell's Angels" are a testament to why we should care about his work. A tasty shot of fine narrative craft.

Feb 06, 2013

Well recommended by many. Well written, but not into diaries/biographies right now - save for later.

Jul 08, 2012

This is a good book. I do not know how it compares to the movie, but the book by itself is good. I say read the book first, watch the movie later.

ColinSick Jun 21, 2012

I have read much of what HST has published including his scribblings for Rolling Stone. While it is nice to see emerging writing style that makes HST so enjoyable this one just doesn't take off. Thompson later moved closer to the edgejumping with his characters into the world of Gonzo journalism, To experience HST with his full freak on look elsewhere,

Mar 12, 2012

I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. And now I want to read more books written by Hunter S. Thompson mainly because I really like his writing style. It was an easy ready though the story was ok.

emerald2pac Dec 05, 2011

Great book hilarious and hard to put down. Crazy ride but enjoyable.

debwalker Aug 29, 2011

Film adaptation of Hunter Thompson's first novel, starring Johnny Depp, will be released October 28.

May 08, 2011

Made me want to drink and write.

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