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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
September 20
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

Kerouaction ,

Not "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," but a good read

Long-time HST fan here. I read The Rum Diary several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The novel is based on Hunter Thompson's time as a journalist in Puerto Rico and the people he worked with. Like any good Thompson story, the descriptions are vivid, with rich characterizations and a journalist's eye for detail. He wrote The Rum Diary when he was in his early 20s, and one can spot his influences, particularly Hemingway and Fitzgerald (Thompson used to spend hours retyping their stories, trying to get a sense of their pacing and rhythm).

While the book is somewhat less "gonzo" than the film's trailer would have you believe, many segments involve Thompson's usual predilections for absurd situations, over-the-top characters, alcohol and assorted "bad craziness." There are glimpses of HST's future style, but overall, The Rum Diary is very much a traditional novel. My biggest quibble is that the story fizzles out towards the end (but to be fair, that's an overall tendency in Thompson's works). The bottom line: if you enjoy well-paced writing with a side order of wicked humor, you'll love it. If you're a Thompson fan, it's a no-brainer.

RizInMD ,

Hey Depp Fangirls/Fanboys

This is a novel BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON. It has NOTHING to do with Johnny Depp, and your babbling commentary that merely talks about Johnny Depp while ignoring HST is the most pathetic thing I have read on iTunes ever. I would say that HST is rolling in his grave right now, but he was cremated.

And FYI iTunes - the fact that you used the Johnny Depp cover here is also pathetic. Change it.

HLeeInupiatinAnchirage ,

The Rum Diary

After reading the sample for being a Depp fan, can't wait to compare, but as they say about books into movies, don't care, once a Depp fan, always a Depp fan.

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