The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

A Novel

Paperback - 2011 | Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed
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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: 9781451659719
Branch Call Number: FIC THO
Characteristics: 204 p. : map ; 22 cm


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May 22, 2020

The other other great American novel of the 20th century.

Mar 05, 2020

Great book!

JCLMattC Nov 04, 2019

This is a colorful, harried romp of a novel that often gets overlooked in favor of Thompson's other works, namely Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As much as I love that book, I think I actually liked this one more. It has an endearing soul underneath all the intoxication.

Oct 14, 2019

A remose novel about a group of non-native journalists working for a failing English language newspaper in Puerto Rico. They don't seem to know one another's first names and spend most of their time complaining about their situation, drinking rum and beer and eating hamburgers.

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,

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