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Part of the Bloomsbury Contemporary Classics series, by the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Paul Kemp has moved from New York to the steamy heat of Puerto Rico to work at the Daily News. He starts hanging out at Al's Backyard, a local den selling booze and hamburgers to vagrant journalists who are mostly crazy drunks on the verge of quitting. Then he meets Yeamon, whose delectable girlfriend has Kemp stewing in his own lust. But the idle tension that builds up in places where men sweat twenty-four hours a day is reaching a violent breaking point.
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, The Curse of Lono, Songs of the Doomed, Better than Sex and The Proud Highway. He is a regular contributor to various national and international publications. He now lives in a fortified compound in Colorado.
I believe this was Hunter T's first novel and while the plot is nothing special, its raw Gonzo flavour makes it hard to put down. There are some great sections in here and as a whole it is a good read.
The Rum Diary
'Remarkable - a genuine, 100% proof discovery of great literary importance' Mail on Sunday 'Hilarious, utterly real and tragic ... A lithe, well-crafted gem of a novel which leaves the reader disturbed and grinning in a way that makes people sitting nearby change seats' Scotland on Sunday 'Crackling, twisted, searing, paced to a deft prose rhythm ... a shot of Gonzo with a rum chaser' San Francisco Chronicle 'Wild, witty, angry, cynical and sarcastic ... A funny book that will make your life seem boring by comparison' Scene
ISBN: 9780747574576 ISBN-10: 074757457X Series: Bloomsbury Classic Reads Audience:
Number Of Pages: 224 Published: 1st January 2011 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.0
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson is one of the great cultural figures of his generation. His writing spawned a whole genre (Gonzo journalism) and a myriad of imitators, but he remained the first and the finest - a cult figure whose legacy and influence lives on.