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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.
The Rum Diary is, perhaps, the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's most underappreciated work.
I read this book in no time, I actually had to stop myself because I wanted to savor it, I kept noticing how quick I was reading it and I never wanted it to end!
With that in mind, the writing style, sensitivity to detail, and compelling storytelling are quite amazing!
Nice tight classic HST in the beginning that sort of loses the charge toward the end. Still an enjoyable read.Published 12 days ago by mirau
A little bit different from the usual from HST, a good study on third world journalism, hard to put down.Published 15 days ago by David H. Zierhart
Good book and an interesting insight into the gonzo journalistic world of Thompsons writing. I would suggest getting a higher priced version if you intend on keeping the book long... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Hank Dudley
One of those pivotal reads of my life, Hunter S. Thompson did well to depict the perpetual struggle for meaning amid the chaos of life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eugene Montgomery
This book is for my son. Hunter Thompson is someone who has been a favorite of his. It opens the door to more interest in his life.Published 1 month ago by Connie S. Riddle