Sunday, April 26, 2009

25. "The Rum Diary" - Hunter S. Thompson


Semi-autobiographical, this novel revolves around the shady industry when journalism meets public relations in the "new" paradise of 1960s Puerto Rico. To knock back self-loathing and job fears, the reporters sit around and knock back drinks.

Paul Kemp left New York for this new adventure, but his fears about growing old without roots or love begin to create more issues that need self-medicating. When he falls for a good friend's girl, Paul balances his work life and his social life with a few good shots of rum.

Is it Thompson's best work? No, but it is an honest portrayal of the times, written in the maniacal style that has made him famous.

3.25 out of 5.0 150 Whats?

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