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Summary The Rum Diary

Begun in 1959 by a twenty two year old Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary is a tangled love story of jealousy treachery and violent alcoholic lus. I guess I should explain the rating to those of you who would argue that this is Thompson s weakest work and therefore undeserving of praiseThis novel catches Thompson before he is wrapped in the arms of fame and can get away with anything he wants In this particular story he still has to worry about going broke getting stuck somewhere without hope or help and potentially watching his dreams smash against the rocks like a heavily polluted ocean wave Though much of this narrative is fiction the situation career location finances of the protagonist come from HST s own experiences in Puerto Rico Thompson articulates within the pages of this story the mindset of the hopeful lost the starry eyed cynics of the world the trouble making peace hunters like myself a section of society whose collective voice he succinctly captures within this uote Like most others I was a seeker a mover a malcontent and at times a stupid hell raiser I was never idle long enough to do much thinking but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress that we had taken an honest road and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top At the same time I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause that we were all actors kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey It was the tension between these two poles a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other that kept me going This novel is freuently hilarious Never mind Thompson s hands off approach to people and their petty suabbles and emotional outbursts his will to survive in relative comfort taking precedence over social niceties which can make him seem like a stone cold bastard sometimes and disregarding his mumbled and grumbled asides about what Nazis poor drivers and Puerto Rican policemen are the man just has this way of describing people in groups or individually that is akin to taking a surgical knife to everything that they stand for He s a psychoanalyst from hell and he s damn funny while he s at it He was trembling and I offered to drive He ignored me Man I m serious he said I ve got to get away my luck is running out He has said the same thing before and I think he believed it He was forever talking about luck but what he really meant was a very ordered kind of fate He had a strong sense of it a belief that large and uncontrollable things were working both for and against him things that were moving and happening every minute all over the world The rise of communism worried him because it meant that people were going blind to his sensitivity as a human being The troubles of the Jews depressed him because it meant that people needed scapegoats and sooner or later he would be one of them Other things bothered him constantly the brutality of capitalism because his talents were being exploited the moronic vulgarity of American tourists because it gave him a bad reputation the careless stupidity of Puerto Ricans because they were forever making his life dangerous and difficult and even for some reason I never understood the hundreds of stray dogs that he saw in San Juan Thompson knows how to inspire your sense of adventure without fooling you about the fact that any journey worth embarking upon will be riddled with bullshit that you must be ready to dodge at every step of the way this books is mostly about troubles in paradise in fact However when he does find a brief bit of bliss through his travels he knows how to illustrate his location with simple words yet in a way that takes you there and makes you lust for it all the same Here he is describing Vieues Island Finally we came over a rise and I saw the CaribbeanMy first feeling was a wild desire to drive a stake in the sand and claim the place for myself The beach was white as salt and cut off from the world by a ring of steep hills that faced the sea We were on the edge of a large bay and the water was that clear turuoise color that you get with a white sand bottom I had never seen such a place I wanted to take off all my clothes and never wear them again I immediately proceeded to run a GIS of Vieues Thompson s travels gave me a burst of inspiration to get up prioritize and to take care of whatever necessary nonsense that I must endure in order to one day see a place such as this for myself Wanderlust Sometimes I really like being ordered to get off my bottom by the books that I am reading Human eyes mine taking in rapturously humbling landscapes after following a knobby path with very little resources I ll take that trade any day I m not sure if this book is technically as good as my experience reading it was but I respect it regardless Also I always hear Thompson s voice when reading his work which is its own source of amusement Yep

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The Rum Diary

T in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico in the late 1950s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to. Happy I muttered trying to pin the word down But it is on of those words like Love that I have never uite understood Most people who deal in words don t have much fait in them and I am no exception especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony I feel at home with these because they re scrawny and easy to pin but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary At once a slice of Lowry s Under the Volcano and every other writer Faulkner Hemingway Kerouac et al who drinks too much on an island with a girl It is easy to drive too fast down the roads of this book and miss the fantastic prose Even early Thompson had the sweaty sharp twisted prose that hits you in the head like a half empty Bacardi bottle One would think rum women sand and hamburgers might be heaven but it also might be the next step to death Thompson finds that awkward brief shadow between paradise and hell and soaks it in and leaves us crumbs of grace that trails the reader out of that hot heavy mess

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A sexy mysterious woman is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get rich uick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissib. It isn t very good The writing style isn t compelling there is no plot and no hint of the future nor of the direction of the book This is the kind of novel that you either adore or feel indifferent about It s definitely NOT my cup of tea There s no deep characterization nor natural growth of the bond between characters Paul is an arrogant journalist who makes his way from New York to Puerto Rico to work at the only English language paper on the island As the paper sits near bankruptcy he begins to uestion the reason for coming to the island in the first place He and his colleagues don t do much reporting except to each other about drinking and getting laid Paul falls into a love triangle with a fellow colleague Yeamon and his girlfriend Chenault With its large amount of disrespect for women I find the book disappointing and outdated I didn t connect with the main character because he did nothing The most memorable scenes in the book contain Al s burgers because the description of Puerto Rico falls short of any exotic glamour I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and before I knew the book was finished The characters are unconvincing and as I said there is no plot going onPaul s perspective is too depressing because he finds nothing beautiful everything is grey and flat Besides his passive attitude he s a pretty flat character with no particular ambitions except getting drunk and getting laid Somewhere through halfway it became repetitive to read about his monotonous days Paul and Chenault have a loose connection if there even is one Sure there is sexual tension between them but I feel like it s there because they re both bored with the life in Puerto Rico He doesn t respect her and it s not like she has some deep feelings for him either It s like they would ve done the same thing with the first stranger that crossed their paths


10 thoughts on “The Rum Diary

  1. says:

    I guess I should explain the rating to those of you who would argue that this is Thompson's weakest work and therefore undeserving of praiseThi

  2. says:

    This book was brutally normal It went along nice and regular for a while and then something happens and you are sort of left to wonder how you should feel about it Hunter S Thompson is cool and collected in his thoughts and it really feels genuine John Zelazny is another emerging Aspen writer and he is picking up where Tho

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    The summer is getting steamy Endless days above ninety degrees has me sitting in air conditioning nonstop When I go out to on errands like I did yesterday I find myself craving an ice cold drink This summer I also actually participated in a seasonal challenge I am a mood reader so I tend to avoid challenges othe

  4. says:

    'Happy I muttered trying to pin the word down But it is on of those words like Love that I have never uite understood Most people who deal in words don't have much fait in them and I am no exception especially the big ones like Happy

  5. says:

    LOVED IT Much preferred this the 2nd time around Loved him referring to the other woman as his pig date all the time So funny

  6. says:

    No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction toward anarchy and poverty and craziness That maddening delusion that a man can lead a decent life without hiring himself out as a Judas Goat Allegedly autobiographical The Rum Diary is an accounting of newspaper journalist Paul Kemp's alcohol induced misadventures in Pu

  7. says:

    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 'The Colonel' Depp h

  8. says:

    It isn't very good The writing style isn't compelling there is no plot and no hint of the future nor of the direction of the book This is the kind of novel that you either adore or feel indifferent about It's definitely NOT my cup of tea There's no deep characterization nor natural growth of the bond between characters Paul is an arrogant j

  9. says:

    Journalist with bad attitude get a job in Puerto Rico working with other ill tempered men By the end of the story he has landed a beautiful girl who is simultaneously innocent and whorish In between there are several rather pointless episodes of newsroom politics and a stint at the Carnival which is climaxed by the girl dancing naked at a party exposed to a pointedly non white audience she clinches the narrators sympathy Fans of HST may w

  10. says:

    I just spent than an hour and a half finishing The Rum Diary I wanted to stop and hit the sack but something inside me whispered to go on It was when I realized that nothing actually happened in the book Large portion of the book was very descriptive; it’s like reading a strong opinionated newspaper article about Puerto Rico and