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on 3 April 2016
4 stars for the book, 2 stars for the film, Johnny Depp spoils it
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on 28 August 2012
This book gives you an insight into why Hunter S Thompson has managed to write other books like Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. The book is far better than the film and quite easy to read for his work. You can see how he got into journalism, drink and drugs from this early semi-biographical book. This is a good little summer read for loafing by the pool with a cocktail or two.
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on 4 January 2009
*CONTAINS NO SPOILERS!* I bought this book for my boyfriend who is a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan. We have both read this book now and agree that is an exciting read. It will make you laugh and possibly cry, but you will not be disappointed! And that's it, I don't want to spoil it by revealing anything to you!
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on 21 June 2001
HST's unique style can be seen here in it's birthing phase. The book draws you into its world and makes you sweat, swear and drink as much as "Kemp" does. Totally fantastic, and again HST makes it difficult, forcing you to challenge yourself and ask "would I have done the same thing?".
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on 6 August 2014
It was OK, set the scene but no solid story line.
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on 3 March 2016
Great great book, and the film is very good too.
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on 4 April 2001
Hunter S.Thompson, Raoul Duke, Paul Kemp. Whatever name he goes under he shows us an irreverent and laid-back approach to a world that takes itself far too seriously. Gonzo Journalism should be taught in Universities Worldwide for the sake of future generations proving that excess is only too much for the unenlightened. As in his other literary efforts; Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing, etc in the Rum Diary Hunter uses his trademark lack of respect for the subject matter,in this case a small failing newspaper in a small decaying Latin paradise, to present a book archetypal in the genre of "the outsider looking in". For those expecting a substance driven tale akin to that of the more famous/notorious Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary may be surprising. Whilst vast quantities of alcohol are certainly consumed by "Paul Kemp" and colleagues the driving force in this adventure seems to be more the desparation the men trapped on the "Daily News" sinking ship. They must face their manaical (is that how you spell it? My dictionary has escaped), unpredictable boss, a hostile populace, hostile police tyrants, even a hostile temperature. All serve to create a claustrophobic and yes,hostile living environment for our intoxicated anit-hero in his bid to exist in peace and rum, to escape the sufferance of fools, and to merely past the time without becoming banal. An excellent read that even managed to make Swansea seem bearable for a couple of hours. Thompson's dry,laconic wit and original writing style make this a hilarious and debauched way to spend a couple of hours. Jane Eyre enthusiasts need not apply.
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on 23 March 2016
Bought as a gift and told it was much enjoyed.
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on 16 October 2015
My First hunter book.will read more of his.
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on 12 April 2016
Fantastic story told by a rare talent.
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