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Hunter S. Thompson - The Rum Diary (2nd Hand Paperback)

£4.45
SKU B001821
  • Format : Small 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Acceptable (Some wear & light tanning)
  • Category : Fiction - Modern Classics
  • First Published : 1998 (this Ed. 2004 - Bloomsbury Classic Reads)
  • ISBN : 9780747574576
  • SKU : B001821
  • PPC : LL200gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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 1950's.

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.

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. The idle tension that builds up in places where men sweat twenty-four hours a day is reaching a violent breaking point.

Thompson wrote this semi-autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside, regarding it as a failure. Nearly forty years later, apparently with the encouragement of his friend Johnny Depp, he dug it out and got it published.

This is the Hunter S. Thompson of his pre-gonzo-journalism callow youth, displaying some obvious influence from Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

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