Rum Diary

Rum Diary

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by Hunter S. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1451659717

ISBN-13: 2901451659718

Pub. Date: 10/04/2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In 1959, a 22-year-old journalist named Hunter Thompson began his first novel, one that he hoped would "in a twisted way...do for San Juan what Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises did for Paris." But somewhere along the line, the '60s, the Hell's Angels, Las Vegas, and Dick Nixon got in the way. Now, 40 years later, Thompson's tale of jealousy, treachery,…  See more details below

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In 1959, a 22-year-old journalist named Hunter Thompson began his first novel, one that he hoped would "in a twisted way...do for San Juan what Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises did for Paris." But somewhere along the line, the '60s, the Hell's Angels, Las Vegas, and Dick Nixon got in the way. Now, 40 years later, Thompson's tale of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s, is at last available to his legions of fans. In our exclusive interview, Megan Hoak asks the grand old man of gonzo journalism himself about his belated fiction debut, his favorite extracurricular activities, and the current atmosphere of fear and loathing in Washington, D.C.

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ISBN-13:
2901451659718
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
Media Tie-In
Pages:
224

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The Rum Diary 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Thompson's writing, however, this one didn't have much of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little bored right from the beginning. Paul moves to San Juan, drinks a lot of rum, eats a lot of hamburgers and works at a crappy newspaper. ok...... now what? I kept reading hoping something big would happen, but it never did. I guess HST's writing made me long for a drink and a beach, but I don't get the hype.. And it's going to be a movie? Really?
stumpw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book I did identify with how the characters felt after a hard night of drinking as I once lived like that before I grew up. The characters try to live their lives like they are constantly on vacation and constantly looking for something to bring them happiness. They all left their homes looking for the easy ride or a place where the grass is greener. One problem that I did have was that I really couldn't find a character to root for. They were all self-centered and kind of despicable. I enjoy reading books that are set in exotic places because I like reading about life there. I like to travel too. For me the book was entertaining enough and moved fast enough to keep my interest but it wasn't excellent. In a way I thought I was reading a story written by some one who had gone on a long drunk. It was a little depressing at times. Overall though it was worth reading.
IVPAGE More than 1 year ago
When I read any of his books I hear Hunters voice.. RIP.. I LOVE YOU
rva_reader More than 1 year ago
While differing from his usual, non-fiction, gonzo-journalism, Rum Diary consists of the same trademark hypnotic HST prose. You can see a lot of what a young Thompson must have been like through this book. While it is a novel, the main character clearly echoes a twenty-something, hopeful HST, already becoming jaded by the society he's trapped in (regardless of what country he's in or continent he's on). A quick, enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of MY favorite seductively savage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good books dont just appear out of thin air. They are created and cared for like children. Even if that book's beginning started in the middle of some wild sexual rum driven backseat action. Life comes at you from all angles and to capture those few important instances that matter in pure essence coherently on paper is a skill few can maintain like our good freind Hunter. If there is any suggestion to be made to you fine people who enjoyed fear and loathing it is this. Don't start reading this book expecting Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. You will not be satisfied. Just imagine a whole new scenario with limitless possabilities, but still maintaining that which made our freind Hunter famous. That pursuit for the American dream, and Gonzo along for the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The back cover of the book tells us that Thompson wrote this when he was twenty and it was sitting in some crate in his house for years before it was brought out to be published. For some reason I doubt it, because the narrator is in his late twenties or early thirties and really knowledgable of the journalism racket. Anyway- the book is pretty decent, but not as good as Fear and Loathing. No drugs here- just lots and lots... and lots! of booze, especially rum... and blue waters and tropical sands. The writing is short and straightforward, not as much sarcasm as F&L, only when he writes about the native Puerto Ricans, who he describes as savages who run around the streets and burn and loot. Haven't read anything like that since 'heart of darkness'- but Thompson does it on purpose of course, tongue in cheek. Would recommend this book to the Thompson fan, otherwise just pick up F&L
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this novel, a young Thompson really portrays how care- free, yet terribly complex and brutal a young man's life can be at times. H.S.T. sucked me in from the moment i opened the book to the moment i turned the last page. This novel really paints a beautiful picture of how paradise can easily take a turn for the worst and leave one in the bowels of hell. If you are looking for a good read and piece of mind, please consider reading this beautifully written novel.
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Very Good!
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Not seen as the typical Gonzo written book, but just as entertaining. A bit more of an old school Kerouac like vain to it. Great stuff.
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Maria73 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Thompson. Don't base your decision to read it on the description on the back of the book as the description makes you believe there is alot more to the story than there really is. This is one of those novels where you're just along for the ride and are kind of a "fly on the wall" as the character, Paul Kemp, lives in San Juan. Overall though, it's a pretty easy read and one of those books you don't really need to think too much about to understand.
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