The Rum Diary
Begun in 1959 by a then-twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, The Rum Diary is an outrageous, drunken romp in the spirit of Thompson's bestselling Fear a...more
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*This 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 fic ...more
John Zelazny is another emerging Aspen writer and he is picking up where Thompson left off.
This 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 reco ...more
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 begin ...more
Fans of HST may wish to read this for a look at his writing before he ...more
And it's not very good. It opens with an uninteresting passage of description that attempts to set up the narrator and characters as larger than life. Thompson's pr ...more
I would guess that in the time that lapsed in this story, a couple tons of rum was consumed. I suppose that explains the title. But serious, ...more
The Rum Diary opens very promising, with snippets of office politics, masculine desperation and one’s search to find the meaning of li ...more
My first night in Saigon. I was sitting in a restaurant when a blind lady selling counterfeit books approached my table. Despite her glazed eyeballs (and her inability to find my eyes with her own) I was captivated by her bright personality and attractive face, and so I decided to actually have a look at her selection of illegally printed books rather than shoo her off like I did everyone else. She mostly had garbage travel books and lonely planet guides, but I did spot The Rum Diary (1961) in t ...more
So the dude knew how to write, but hey, there are plenty of good writers who manage to write well AND stay fresh and relevant. Thompson isn’t one of them.
It’s a sad and Tragic story of tough white Guys who are alone ...more
I’d love to go to the Caribbean and do nothing but drink rum for a few months. Instead I’ll have to settle for picking up this book every now and then and reading a few pages. Although there is no plot going on, this book works in an abstract kind of way – giving the reader the experience of spending idle time wandering aimlessly around the head of a drunk who doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life anymore. I read it at about the age of 30 and it works for me now just like it work ...more
Gross mistreatment, blatant abuse, and general lack of respect for women aside, I found the book disappointing. I didn’t connect with the main character (or any other character for that matter). He did nothing and went nowhere in the course of the tale and drank the entire time. Even his internal dialogue about his current stat ...more
It makes me wonder why these kinds of stories live on and on. Why is Thompson's drunken rantings considered important literature? I was especially disgusted by the story of the girl who "...went crazy - totally crazy" and then in the next paragraph is called a "whore" because she was drunk and was being objectified. I'm so tir ...more
I don't anticipate all of Hunter's work to resonate the same way this work has, but I don't want to dismiss ...more
Rum. Lots of rum. And few hamburgers. Some debauchery. A little journalism. I liked it.
This semi-autobiographical novel was the second book Thompson penned yet was not published until 1998, presumably for financial reasons.
Despite The Rum Diary having been the first novel Thompson wrote (it was mostly written in 1959 ...more
I believe this is labeled as fiction, but since Hunter S. Thompson mostly wrote about his experiences, The Rum Diary is probably about as fictional as say Kerouac's On The Road.
Even calling it "semi-autobiographical" is a scary prospect since that means at least some of this horror happened. "Horror" Koivu? ...Well okay, maybe it's lightened by some dark humor, but there are still some pretty awful things that happen herein, take fo ...more
Paul Kemp; an arrogant, know-it-all journalist makes his way from New York to Puerto Rico to work at the only English-language paper on the island, 'The Daily News'. The people there however, are like the weather; hot-tempered and vol ...more
Este livro foi uma das prendas de Natal da mãezinha, e ela comprou-mo… sim, porque tinha o Johnny Deep na capa. Ridículo, eu sei mas como até tinha tenções de ver o filme porque lá está, sou fã ...more
Set in Puerto Rico in 1958, The Rum Diary chronicles the hot and humid days and nights of Paul Kemp, a drifter and journalist who lands a job writing for an English-language newspaper in San Juan. Tho ...more
To me it seemed as though this was almost autobiographical in the sense that parts of HST are in different characters. Maybe the narrator is HST at the time he wrote this - not young and naive anymore, bu ...more
Hunter S. Thompson though..... damn, his gonzo journalism style takes you right to the heart of Puerto Rico, you feel everything the way I'm sure he experienced everything. Not a 5 as it doesn't reveal any essential human truths aside from that of 'if you're going to do anything, might as well be drunk'.
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