SUMMARY Ï The Rum Diary

REVIEW The Rum Diary

SUMMARY Ï The Rum Diary ☆ [Reading] ➸ The Rum Diary ➮ Hunter S. Thompson – 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 lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico Begun in by a twenty two year old HunteCaribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico in the late s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to The Rum MOBI #860. 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 Puerto Rico circa 1959ish Aptly titled with a plethora of boozy contrivances and catastrophes it is surprisingly coherent and readable I kept thinking that this is what William S Burroughs could have been if his drug of choice had been rum instead of hallucinogenic narcotics Thompson when in control of his faculties was one hell of a writer A word of caution if your trigger is implied sexual assault consider taking a pass on this one Thompson's narrative gets a little rapey at one point It was not well defined but it was enough to give me a nasty knot in my stomach by sheer insinuation

Hunter S. Thompson Þ 1 SUMMARY

8 a sexy mysterious woman is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get rich uick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissible. 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 wish to read this for a look at his writing before he hit his stride Otherwise it is a bit of a ramble punctuated by iced rum hamburgers swimming and men saying 'balls' Thomson wrote this when he was twenty two; one might hazard that the good doctor may have been a bit too young to have earned enough distance from who he was in order to become what he needed to be Attitudes that seemed to be at the time of writing the author's own he would later satrize to great effectIt looks like this is going to be a movie According to today's Wikipedia Johhny Depp will play the lead Like any mediocre book the film version may succeed where the source failed


The Rum DiaryBegun in by a twenty two year old Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary is a tangled love story of jealousy treachery and violent alcoholic lust in the. 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 b