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.
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.
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.
Well recommended by many. Well written, but not into diaries/biographies right now - save for later.
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.
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,
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.
Great book hilarious and hard to put down. Crazy ride but enjoyable.
Film adaptation of Hunter Thompson's first novel, starring Johnny Depp, will be released October 28.
Made me want to drink and write.
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