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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. 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 other than open ended ones but seven letters of scrabble was too fun to pass up One of my letters was r and in need of a book I caught the notice of rum Rum and coke is definitely one of those ice cold drinks I love to sip at the end of a hot summer day so without knowing anything about the premise of The Rum Diary I picked it up to help complete my rack of scrabble tiles Believe it or not I have never read a Hunter S Thompson book before this I have nothing against his books but I never got around to picking one up Before reading I decided to research him as he is a new author for me Thompson is credited with coining the term gonzo journalism a first person narrative that removes any objectivity from the piece He introduced this gonzo journalism to the world in his 1967 classic Hell s Angels which was later a movie As a twenty two year old unknown Thompson had written The Rum Diary in 1959 It remained unpublished until after his death in 1998 when the manuscript was discovered in Thompson s estate An autobiographical novel Thompson follows young journalists around Puerto Rico without a care in the world besides drinking rum all day and finding girls on the beach Thompson had been influenced by both Fitzgerald and Hemingway but to me The Rum Diary was an instance of Breakfast at Tiffany s moves to the beach It is 1959 Paul Kemp is a thirty two year old journalist and searching for that last adventure before settling down with his life He had covered Europe and desired a new locale so on a whim answered an ad for a job in Puerto Rico Flights from New York to Puerto Rico at the time were only 50 and it seemed as though anyone young with means vacationed there With rum being as cheap as twenty five cents a glass and rent as low as fifty dollars a week for a shared apartment Puerto Rico was a new vacation destination Kemp discovered this on his flight down when an attractive blonde got on his flight He was immediately smitten only to find out that she belonged to a fellow reporter With work only typing a few lines a day and rum cheap and the beach in walking distance from almost anywhere there were plenty blondes to be had should Kemp decide to make his job of a vacation Kemp got into plenty of adventures in his short time on the island The Puerto Rico he has traveled to was not the built up tourist attraction it is today The Caribe Hilton was relatively new but that was it in terms of luxurious hotels with a beach Puerto Ricans who wanted to get ahead moved to New York a la West Side Story and those who stayed at least the majority that Kemp met were of low means and were clamoring for statehood To this day Puerto Rico remains a territory statehood an ongoing debate Yet when Kemp and his fellow thirty something journalists worked in San Juan mobs protesting the United States presence on the island was real Kemp and some colleagues got ambushed at a greasy spoon diner are met with a mob outside their newspaper building and are rarely given the benefit of the doubt by the average Puerto Rican citizen Their one refuge where they knock off rums and hamburgers and complain about their newspaper editor is Al s a greasy spoon that s open twenty four hours and allows the journalists to eat on a tab Eventually the blond resurfaces which had me thinking of Breakfast at Tiffany s An educated woman without a care in the world Chennault is in Puerto Rico for the same reason as her male contemporaries In 1959 there were few employment opportunities for Seven Sister educated women Although Chennault has graduated from Smith College her future was that of a typist with the feminist revolution being a decade away Like her male friends with means Chennault saves one hundred dollars for an open ended round trip ticket to Puerto Rico The scenes with Chennault were among the most amusing and steamy of the book One can tell that this was written by a man in his twenties but Chennault still offered comic relief among the conversations between the journalists Whether she is tanning on the beach or gyrating at carnival Chennault appears to be enjoying life She knows that by returning to New York there are few opportunities for her so why not have some fun before settling down in life This is in essence why Kemp and the other journalists came to Puerto Rico in the first place Having no expectations going in The Rum Diary was light entertaining and gave me a feel for the tropics during the time it was written After never reading a Hunter S Thompson novel before I am inclined to pick up another especially if he writes about steamy locales that make his books conducive for summer reading With my scrabble board almost complete I 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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. 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 he dug it out and got it publishedThis is the Hunter S Thompson of his pre gonzo journalism callow youth displaying some obvious influence from Fitzgerald and Hemingway specifically The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises I would suggest And yet the tone and the prose are recognisably his own as a devotee of HST I was fascinated to note just how set his style already was There is a certain cadence a recognisable turn of phrase that is distinctive He often hits an elegiac strain that melds wounded idealism with a despairing acceptance and in these phases he reveals his ethical and emotional character in a touchingly poetic mode There are passages here which point forwards to the sad beautiful wave riff in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that paean to a moment forever lost when the generation of idealistic youth gave way to the generation of swineThe story such as it is tells of Paul Kemp a disillusioned journalist in his early thirties who has moved to San Juan Puerto Rico to work on a local newspaper The atmosphere is perpetually booze soaked freuently desperate and in the end utterly brutal The cavalcade of drifters and losers comprised of his fellow journalists provides much comic relief and not a little pathos Ultimately their chaotic lives seem diminished their liberation from the banality of conventional life consisting of alcoholic stupor emotional blindness and a defeated directionlessness Kemp begins the story in a mood of optimism he is free at the tail end of a ten year period of wandering and decadence but he ends it in a kind of limbo There is love out there for him in the shape of the beautiful but rather sketchily characterised wild child Chenault and it seems he might take that path but maybe not He has to run but it is unclear to him perhaps and to the reader where he should run toThe Rum Diary is not a profound book and indeed it is difficult to discern any real point to it no doubt this is what HST felt on finishing his manuscript the comic aspects do not sit comfortably with his attempt at a Fitzgeraldian emotional sweep and the hints of a sociopolitical critiue of the US presence on the island seem as if they could be part of a different much better novel Yet it is an entertaining read nonetheless and not necessarily for Thompson fans only


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 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

  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 a

  3. says:

    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 di

  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 and Love and Honest and Strong They are too elusive and far too relative when

  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 with

  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 he dug it out and got it publ

  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 P

  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 na

  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

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