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Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.

Topics: Puerto Rico, 1950s, Alcoholism, Jealousy, Writers, Semi-Autobiographical, Drugs, Midlife Crisis, American Author, Male Author, Love, and Gritty

Published: Simon & Schuster on Sep 20, 2011
ISBN: 9781451669275
List price: $11.99
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This is a mediocre semi-biographical novel about a very ill tempered, drunkard of a journalist. The whole book is just a content battle with jealousy, treachery, violent alcoholism and lust but this book doesn’t really move very fast and seems to feel like it drags way too much. I was expecting something exciting but the plot seemed to drag on and while hinting at a plot this book never really took off. Maybe as a movie it would be cut down enough to make a plot but as a book this seemed to drag on way too much.read more
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Thompson is easily among my favorite writers. This is his first novel. The influence that Hemingway had on him are no clearer than when examined according to this text. Thompson would later distort the title of the specific work that "The Rum Diary" is so obviously based on, employing the clever pun "The Scum Also Rises" as a title to a journalistic, political tirade. In other words, and in terms of classroom application, students would have no trouble comparing this text with "The Sun Also Rises," a more traditional novel.read more
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This is a mediocre semi-biographical novel about a very ill tempered, drunkard of a journalist. The whole book is just a content battle with jealousy, treachery, violent alcoholism and lust but this book doesn’t really move very fast and seems to feel like it drags way too much. I was expecting something exciting but the plot seemed to drag on and while hinting at a plot this book never really took off. Maybe as a movie it would be cut down enough to make a plot but as a book this seemed to drag on way too much.
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Thompson is easily among my favorite writers. This is his first novel. The influence that Hemingway had on him are no clearer than when examined according to this text. Thompson would later distort the title of the specific work that "The Rum Diary" is so obviously based on, employing the clever pun "The Scum Also Rises" as a title to a journalistic, political tirade. In other words, and in terms of classroom application, students would have no trouble comparing this text with "The Sun Also Rises," a more traditional novel.
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This is the Thompson that few people know. He's basically trying out his wings here, writing what could be a lost novel by Hemingway. In a lot of ways, comparable to the band Rush's early career, when they were basically a Led Zeppelin sound-alike.
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Very fun and interesting read.
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The Rum Diary is my favourite of all of Thompson’s writings; it also stands at the top as one of my favourite fiction titles ever. What I find so likable about this book is its realism. It tells the very simple story of Paul Kemp, a completely regular guy who wades his way through the problems of a regular life, as he interacts with other regular people, in a tediously regular town--1950s San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now, of course I use the word “regular” in the Hunter S. Thompson sense--which is usually a far cry from “normal.” There are still plenty of interesting aspects to the setting, and to all of the characters in this book.This book is very different from Thompson’s most famous work, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. While I am sure there are some autobiographical elements to the character of Paul Kemp, Thompson has created a very likable fictitious character who struggles his way through a mundane job at a San Juan newspaper, The Daily News.While some may find it a fault, what I love most about this book is the simple straightforward story of its simple straightforward characters. If only Thompson had written more books like this--and to think, this one came close to never being published! That would have been a shame.
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