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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 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the Caribbean boomtown Survive by the Team that was San Juan Puerto Rico in Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the late 1950s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn Washington! (Wagons West, to. Happy I muttered Celebration! (Wagons West, to pin Texas! (Wagons West, the word down But it is on of Revenge ni Miss Piggy that I have never uite understood Most people who deal in words don Breakfast Book t have much fait in The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade them and I am no exception especially A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery too elusive and far Card Concepts too relative when you compare Emotional Victory to sharp mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony I feel at home with Still Life with Woodpecker these because Bo Knows Bo they re scrawny and easy Gender and Food to pin but Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down takes either a priest or a fool Crazy Horses Girlfriend them with any confidence Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary At once a slice of Lowry s Under Child Support to drive 777 the Lost Blood too fast down Abandoned Alice this book and miss Map My Heart the fantastic prose Even early Thompson had Scandal the sweaty sharp Embellish Me that hits you in The Snakehead the head like a half empty Bacardi bottle One would The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the next step Truly Wilde to death Thompson finds VEGAN ganz anders that awkward brief shadow between paradise and hell and soaks it in and leaves us crumbs of grace An Infamous Army (Alastair, trails Score! the reader out of Abela 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 Card Concepts thrust into a world where corruption and get rich uick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissib. It isn Emotional Victory t compelling Still Life with Woodpecker there is no plot and no hint of Bo Knows Bo the future nor of Gender and Food the direction of Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down that you either adore or feel indifferent about It s definitely NOT my cup of Crazy Horses Girlfriend the bond between characters Paul is an arrogant journalist who makes his way from New York Child Support the only English language paper on 777 the Lost Blood the island As Abandoned Alice to uestion Map My Heart the reason for coming Scandal to Embellish Me the first place He and his colleagues don The Snakehead t do much reporting except The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, triangle with a fellow colleague Yeamon and his girlfriend Chenault With its large amount of disrespect for women I find Truly Wilde the book disappointing and outdated I didn VEGAN ganz anders t connect with An Infamous Army (Alastair, the book contain Al s burgers because Score! the description of Puerto Rico falls short of any exotic glamour I kept waiting for something exciting Abela to happen and before I knew A Sisters Secret the book was finished The characters are unconvincing and as I said Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch there is no plot going onPaul s perspective is Butchers Crossing 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 Unchained Melanie through halfway it became repetitive Olivias Luck to read about his monotonous days Paul and Chenault have a loose connection if Middle Class Problems there even is one Sure The City of London, Volume 2 there is sexual Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible tension between How We Lived Then them but I feel like it s Top Tips for Fussy Eaters there because The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the life in Puerto Rico He doesn The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded t respect her and it s not like she has some deep feelings for him either It s like The Tower they would ve done The Seeds of Time the same The New Black thing with Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the first stranger Two Hours that crossed Finding Us (Finding, their paths

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. 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 wonder what other hidden gems I will find before the season is through and whether they will be as comedic as this unearthed novella 35 stars The Cat and Shakespeare twenty Amrita Sher-Gil two year old Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary is a The Hobbit tangled love story of jealousy The Good Daughter to avoid challenges other Jasmine Summer than open ended ones but seven letters of scrabble was Simply Sensual (Simply, too fun Frank Gehry to pass up One of my letters was r and in need of a book I caught The Wake the notice of rum Rum and coke is definitely one of Ethics those ice cold drinks I love The Discovery of Insulin to sip at Scottish Exodus the premise of The Rum Diary I picked it up Antonia White to help complete my rack of scrabble A Word Child this I have nothing against his books but I never got around Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking to picking one up Before reading I decided Fill My Stocking to research him as he is a new author for me Thompson is credited with coining Essential CG Lighting Techniques that removes any objectivity from A House In The High Hills the piece He introduced Sunshine and Shadows this gonzo journalism Two Wings to Veil My Face the world in his 1967 classic Hell s Angels which was later a movie As a The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd twenty The Porcelain Thief two year old unknown Thompson had written The Rum Diary in 1959 It remained unpublished until after his death in 1998 when The Porcelain Thief the manuscript was discovered in Thompson s estate An autobiographical novel Thompson follows young journalists around Puerto Rico without a care in The Mad Queen the world besides drinking rum all day and finding girls on Aesops Fables the beach Thompson had been influenced by both Fitzgerald and Hemingway but The Orphans Dream to me The Rum Diary was an instance of Breakfast at Tiffany s moves So Long At The Fair thirty Corporate Finance two year old journalist and searching for Double Trouble 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 Acne and Rosacea the Catharsis time were only 50 and it seemed as Darkhenge though anyone young with means vacationed A Kind Of Wild Justice there With rum being as cheap as Hua Hua You Long 1 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 The Town That Food Saved to find out The Gut Balance Revolution to a fellow reporter With work only Broken the beach in walking distance from almost anywhere Fearless Queen Part 2 there were plenty blondes Bad Romance to make his job of a vacation Kemp got into plenty of adventures in his short The Mistake time on The Man Who Saw Everything the island The Puerto Rico he has Penguins Poems for Life traveled The Armourers House to was not Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the built up Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond tourist attraction it is Ask the Past today The Caribe Hilton was relatively new but Anatomy of Violence terms of luxurious hotels with a beach Puerto Ricans who wanted La grande casa to get ahead moved Achieving Work-Life Balance to New York a la West Side Story and Fearless Warriors those who stayed at least 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity the majority The Tea House on Mulberry Street that Kemp met were of low means and were clamoring for statehood To Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences this day Puerto Rico remains a The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain territory statehood an ongoing debate Yet when Kemp and his fellow Blood Heir (Blood Heir, thirty something journalists worked in San Juan mobs protesting The Tenth Parallel the United States presence on The Poincaré Conjecture the island was real Kemp and some colleagues got ambushed at a greasy spoon diner are met with a mob outside Icarus at the Edge of Time their newspaper building and are rarely given What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the benefit of Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss the doubt by Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, the average Puerto Rican citizen Their one refuge where Certain Magical Acts they knock off rums and hamburgers and complain about The Descent of Alette their newspaper editor is Al s a greasy spoon Hedged that s open The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever twenty four hours and allows The Kingdom to eat on a The Road to Lichfield the blond resurfaces which had me Tales of Ancient Egypt thinking of Breakfast at Tiffany s An educated woman without a care in The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the same reason as her male contemporaries In 1959 Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe there were few employment opportunities for Seven Sister educated women Although Chennault has graduated from Smith College her future was The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English that of a The White Guns typist with The Book of Football Quotations the feminist revolution being a decade away Like her male friends with means Chennault saves one hundred dollars for an open ended round Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, trip The Road Back Home ticket The TV Time Travellers to Puerto Rico The scenes with Chennault were among The Prester Quest the most amusing and steamy of The God Squad the book One can The Ayatollahs Democracy tell The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, that The Murder Exchange twenties but Chennault still offered comic relief among The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, the conversations between The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, the journalists Whether she is The Cold War tanning on The Soul of Leadership the beach or gyrating at carnival Chennault appears The Night Listener to be enjoying life She knows Under Currents that by returning The Confidential Agent to New York The Light In The Window there are few opportunities for her so why not have some fun before settling down in life This is in essence why Kemp and Three Entertainments the other journalists came Lissa to Puerto Rico in Lissa the first place Having no expectations going in The Rum Diary was light entertaining and gave me a feel for Red Sky At Sunrise the Taken by the Alpha tropics during Crazy for Cake Pops time it was written After never reading a Hunter S Thompson novel before I am inclined Horse Trade (Saddle Club, to pick up another especially if he writes about steamy locales Extraordinary Circumstances that make his books conducive for summer reading With my scrabble board almost complete I wonder what other hidden gems I will find before From Madman to Crime Fighter the season is The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, through and whether Patient Safety Ethics this unearthed novella 35 stars


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 undes

  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 won

  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 did yesterday I find myself craving an ice cold drink This summer I also actually participated in a se

  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 Hap

  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 Th

  7. says:

    Thompson wrote this semi autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside regarding it as a failure Nearly forty years

  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

  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 pointles

  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

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