Thompson, Hunter S. The Rum Diary: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780684856476

The Rum Diary: A Novel

3.81 avg rating
( 50,185 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780684856476: The Rum Diary: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Disgusting as he usually was," Hunter Thompson writes in this, his 1959 novel, "on rare occasions he showed flashes of a stagnant intelligence. But his brain was so rotted with drink and dissolute living that whenever he put it to work it behaved like an old engine that had gone haywire from being dipped in lard." Surprise! Thompson isn't writing about himself, but one of the other, older, aimlessly carousing newspapermen in Puerto Rico, a guy called Moberg whose chief achievement is the ability to find his car after a night's drinking because it stinks so much. (I can smell it for blocks, he boasts.) The autobiographical hero, Paul Kemp, is 30, trapped in a dead-end job (Thompson wound up writing for a bowling magazine), and feeling as if his big-time writer dreams, soaked in Fitzgerald and Hemingway, are evaporating as rapidly as the rum in his fist.

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

About the Author:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780747574576: The Rum Diary (Bloomsbury Classic Reads)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 074757457X ISBN 13: 9780747574576
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd, 2004
Softcover

9780684855219: The Rum Diary: The Long Lost Novel

Simon ..., 1998
Hardcover

9781451659719: The Rum Diary: A Novel

Simon ..., 2011
Softcover

9781408814673: The Rum Diary

Blooms..., 2011
Softcover

9780747541684: The Rum Diary : The Long-Lost Novel

Blooms..., 1998
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Thompson, Hunter S.
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 409711-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

2.

Thompson, Hunter S.
Published by Simon & Schuster (1999)
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1999. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Thompson, Hunter S.
Published by Simon & Schuster (1999)
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1999. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0684856476_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

4.

Thompson, Hunter S.
Published by Simon & Schuster 11/1/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster 11/1/1999, 1999. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Rum Diary. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Thompson, Hunter S.
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
My Books Store
(Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Dust Jacket Condition: new. Seller Inventory # MBSN0684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Hunter S. Thompson
Published by Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company), United Kingdom (1999)
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company), United Kingdom, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Scribner Pbk Fi. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # ABZ9780684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Thompson, Hunter S.
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster. Condition: New. BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Thompson, Hunter S.
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Vital Products
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 536ZZZ00C253_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Hunter S. Thompson
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Begun in 1959 by a then-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 Carib.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 224 pages. 0.308. Seller Inventory # 9780684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Thompson, Hunter S.
Published by Simon & Schuster (1999)
ISBN 10: 0684856476 ISBN 13: 9780684856476
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # 0684856476

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book