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In fact, Thompson was only 22 when he wrote The Rum Diary, but his fear of winding up like Moberg was well founded. What saved him was the fantastic conflagration of the 1960s, a fiery wind on which the reptilian wings of his prose style could catch and soar to the cackling heights of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Puerto Rico in 1959 doesn't have bad craziness enough to offer Thompson--just a routine drunken-reporter stomping by local cops and a riot over Kemp's friend's temptress girlfriend, a scantily imagined Smith College alumna who likes to strip nude on beaches and in nightclubs to taunt men.
Thompson's prose style only intermittently takes tentative flight--compare the stomping scenes in this book with his breakthrough, Hell's Angels--but it's interesting to see him so nakedly reveal his sensitive innards, before the celebrated clownish carapace grew in. It's also interesting to see how he improved this full version of the novel from the more raw (and racist) excerpts found in the 1990 collection Songs of the Doomed (available on audiocassette, partly narrated by Thompson). --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Quick entertaining read. Takes place in early 60 's but storyline relatable to today. Will read more of Mr. Hunters booksPublished 12 days ago by Jacqueline Ubilla
Would have liked the plot to have gone deeper than it did...enjoyable journey but did not feel it went far enoughPublished 22 days ago by jw
I watched the movie a few years ago. Hysterical! I just ordered the book. I'm betting it's just as good!Published 1 month ago by John Luciano
Well written,easy read, sort of sad at times. I enjoyed reading it.Published 1 month ago by Joann r. klein-oneil
How can you not love the prose and wit of the late Dr. Thompson??Published 2 months ago by lorraine miller
It took me a long time to visit this book, longer than I wanted. I watched the Johnny Depp film and I was mildly impressed by it, but I still wanted to read the novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Adducchio
An early novel by Hunter S. Thompson, it is a bit slower read than, and lacks the total disregard for social norms in, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JMd