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4.0 out of 5 stars Another rum and coke at the bar......., 25 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Rum Diary (Bloomsbury Classic Reads) (Paperback)
It's Hunter S Thompson, but not as you know him.

The Rum Diary is quite different to other Hunter S Thompson works, Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing etc. When you consider that he was 22 when he wrote it you'll probably see why.

The book centres around Paul Kemp a New York journalist who goes to Puerto Rico in search of work and his time on the island. Like alot of Hunter S Thompson novels it's fast paced with alcohol fueled, crazy characters. You get a great sense of what San Jaun would have been like in the 60's and that makes this book a great escapist novel. HST's prose not as refined as his later works but they still remain sharp and their is no doubting who the author is when you read it, take for instance the closing passage;

"Voices rose and fell in the house next door and the raucous sound of a jukebox came from a bar down the street. Sounds of a San Jean night, drifting across the city through layers of humid air; sounds of life and movement, people getting ready and people giving up, the sound of hope and the sound of hanging on and behind them all, the quiet, deadly ticking of a thousand hungry clocks, the lonely sound of time passing in long Caribbean night.
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This is Thompson at his best and the book is peppered with quotes like this but not as consistantly as his other works.
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