The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
A Novel

73%

8 Critic Reviews

Whilst The Rum Diary could have been a tale of settling down in a foreign land, indeed at one point it appears as though it might be, it instead becomes more of a warning, a caution against pinning your hopes on an elusive dream.
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Synopsis

Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary—a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book—is Hunter S. Thompson’s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean.

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.
 

About Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels", Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone", Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72", The Rum Diary", and Better than Sex". He died in February 2005. Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Rum Diary
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

Thompson fans won't be disappointed, of course, but most everyone else would be better off going to Henry Miller for that sort of thing.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 02 2008

The best parts of the book are its occasional, almost grudging, acknowledgments of natural beauty; the people in it are no more than props.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Keith Lawrence on Sep 30 2011

The Rum Diary is a well-crafted gem of a novel full of invective and social commentary.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Ferdi Mehmet on May 29 2009

It is easy to digest, the text simply flows, and the book doesn’t drag into boring and unnecessary territory.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Copple on Oct 10 2008

Whilst The Rum Diary could have been a tale of settling down in a foreign land, indeed at one point it appears as though it might be, it instead becomes more of a warning, a caution against pinning your hopes on an elusive dream.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Abigail Tarttelin on Jun 08 2011

This spoke to me like a sensitive and beautifully-wrought novel by a fresh, young voice.

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The Huntsville Times

Good
on Feb 19 2012

Thompson’s writing is crisp, even elegant in a kind of raw fashion.

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by Les Chappell on Jan 04 2009

Anyone who reads this book for gonzo will not find that (at least to Thompson's typical extremes), but if they continue they will find "The Rum Diary" deserves to be called literature.

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