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The Rum DiaryT in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico in the late 1950s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to 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

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ePub æ mobi The Rum Diary · 9780684856476 ¹ 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 in the late 1950s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to aA 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

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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 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