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The Rum Diary: A Novel | [Hunter S. Thompson]

The Rum Diary: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Begun in 1959 by a 22-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.

©1999 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“Crackling, twisted, searing, paced to a deft prose rhythm.... A shot of Gonzo with a rum chaser.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Enough booze to float a yacht and enough fear and loathing to sink it.” (New York Daily News)

“A great and an unexpected joy.... Reveals a young Hunter Thompson brimming with talent.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "i own this paperback.."

    ..but it is lost in a milk crate under a pile of un-requited exercise equipment down the back of a shed.. so i listen instead.. so glad i did.. made me realise what retarded thing they did with the movie screenplay.. amalgamating key characters, locations & plot points.. sorry, forget the film, with it's fine actors.. but do the book

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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 08-31-12
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 08-31-12 Member Since 2007

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    "A pleasant haze with depth"

    I read this because I watched the movie and figured the book would be deeper and better. Love Thompson's liquid descriptions. This book is thickly atmospheric, full of sights, sounds, rich aromas, heat and emotion. If you read (listen to) the book first, you won't like the movie too much, which combines a couple of key characters into one creating a decent movie which of course has little depth. A good read with compelling characters making decisions and choices, sometimes for the wrong reasons with the wrong results.

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    M. van Huystee The Netherlands 06-19-12
    M. van Huystee The Netherlands 06-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Makes you close LinkedIn and take a plane"
    Would you listen to The Rum Diary again? Why?

    I have given copies to people to remind of the days that adventure was all that counted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rum Diary?

    The St Thomas Carnival experience will not be forgotten.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Paul Kemp is the man we once were or at least love the think we once were.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The 6 hrs 24 min required less than a weekend to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    A 'must-read' book to escape from the books on geopolitics, China, economics etc.

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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 02-20-12
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another world does exist!"
    Would you listen to The Rum Diary again? Why?

    It creates another world in space, time and perspective.
    It really is quite refreshing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of the characters, if such a thing is possible in that world.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Eat s--t, then crash and burn, then get up next morning and do it all again.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a wonderful story.

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    Robin Perth, Australia 12-09-11
    Robin Perth, Australia 12-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A rum review"

    Loved Thompson's detailed writing although the story took a long time to really get anywhere so I did become a little unengaged. The characters are profoundly real and deeply etched, but on the whole unlikeable as is the protagonist (even though they are entertaining in their dissolute meanderings through life). I find it interesting reading work from the 1950s and earlier, that physical abuse towards women seems to be accepted as easily as batting away a fly. Very disturbing.

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    Jane Greenville, sc, United States 11-29-11
    Jane Greenville, sc, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent story that sticks with you"

    Not a bad read. I enjoyed it more afterwards when I reflected on the story vs. while I was listening to the book.

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    R. A. Ireland Sydney, Australia 06-18-12
    R. A. Ireland Sydney, Australia 06-18-12 Listener Since 2004

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    "Maybe shouldn't have published it."

    Hunter S. Thompson wasn't going to publish this story which was one of his first but was talked into it by Depp. He should have left it in the drawer. But then I don't like most fiction as I get bored quickly so who am I to tell.

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    "Sounds very amateur"

    The person who is narrating the story sounds very amateur. I have listened to the recordings from Dracula from Livrebox and one of the voices sounds very familiar. The difference between audible and livrebox website is that here I am paying. I am paying because the first few books I got were with extraordinary quality, one such book is Vanity fair, amazing narrator. I thought that all the recordings were of high standard, Unfortunately, I must admit that my expectations with this particular book (as well as the Republic, Plato) have not been met.
    Some of the interpretations/impressions had even a crippling effect on me due to the tone of the voice, not very theatrical; it was like nails scratching on a board! I was getting nervous when listening to it and it made me, initially, not like the book. I did reread the book and I must say it was very good, witty and clever little writing. Although, the author of the book is famous for his quirky talent, the recording does not match the writing style at all.
    I am very disappointed.

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