The Rum Diary : A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson is my favorite of all of his writings. It tells the uncomplicated story of Paul Kemp, an average guy who is making his way through his ordinary life and his interactions interacts with other people in 1950s San Juan, Puerto Rico. This book is poles apart from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson has conjured a pleasant character who struggles his way through a humdrum career at a San Juan newspaper. I love the uncomplicated easy story of its effortless clear-cut characters.