The Rum Diary

A Novel

Thompson, Hunter S.

Paperback - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rum Diary
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.

Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003, c1998.
Edition: Simon & Schuster pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781451659719
Branch Call Number: F THO
Characteristics: 204 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm.


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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
  • Huierre rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • ravensview rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 08, 2012
  • pigirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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
  • prabhjitb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 05, 2011
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 29, 2011

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

May 08, 2011
  • blackcaesar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Made me want to drink and write.

Mar 10, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I would have to say this was Hunter S. Thompsons best work. I bought this book as I loved it so much. I recommend this book to anybody as it is a great,and very fast read!

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