Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary” has finally arrived on Maui starring Johnny Depp as protagonist, Paul Kemp. Knowing the movie is here should be enough to encourage everyone to rush out and reread the novel, so do!
The book is slim enough that you can actually shoot it back in a half-day’s swallow. And that’s not because it’s a particular rip of a story but rather a solid read steeped in the stupor of Puerto Rican rum and the road to ruin for everyone involved. It’s also a bit of a shout out of what the pace of the burning tropics can do to people without money, direction, and restraint.
Hunter writes in a way that you’ll feel drunk off the vapors from the read of it… It will be interesting to see if the film does the same.