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T 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 and emotional character in a touchingly poetic mode There are passages here which point FORWARDS TO SAD BEAUTIFUL WAVE RIFF IN FEAR to the sad beautiful wave riff in Fear Loathing in Las Vegas that paean to a moment Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford 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 soakedreuently desperate and in the end utterly brutal The cavalcade of drifters and losers comprised of his Ready for Summer fellow journalists provides much comic relief and not a little pathos Ultimately their chaotic lives seem diminished their liberationrom 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 Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech 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 thereor 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 A coerência textual felt oninishing 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 Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller for Thompsonans only 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 Dogs Behaving Badly 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 distancerom 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 First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There film version may succeed where the sourceailed. A sexy mysterious woman is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get rich uick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissib. ,
Rto 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 or statehood To this day Puerto Rico remains a territory statehood an ongoing debate Yet when Kemp and his ellow 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 benefit of doubt by the average Puerto Rican citizen Their one refuge where they knock off rums and hamburgers Rican citizen Their one refuge where they knock off rums and hamburgers complain about their newspaper editor is Al s a greasy spoon that s open twenty our hours and allows the journalists to eat on a tab Eventually the blond resurfaces WHICH HAD ME THINKING OF BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY S had me thinking of Breakfast at Tiffany s educated woman without a care in the world Chennault is in Puerto Rico or the same reason as her male contemporaries In 1959 there were ew employment opportunities or Seven Sister educated women Although Chennault has graduated Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome from Smith College heruture was that of a typist with the eminist revolution being a decade away Like her male riends with means Chennault saves one hundred dollars or 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 ew opportunities Space Kid for her so why not have someun before settling down in life This is in essence why Kemp and the other journalists came to Puerto Rico in the Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town first place Having no expectations going in The Rum Diary was light entertaining and gave me aeel or 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 or summer reading With my scrabble board almost complete I wonder what other hidden gems I will Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water find before the season is through and whether they will be as comedic as this unearthed novella 35 stars LOVED IT Much preferred this the 2nd time around Loved him referring to the other woman as his pig date all the time Sounny Thompson wrote this semi autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside regarding it as a Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus failure Nearlyorty years later apparently with the encouragement of his Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse 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 influencerom 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 Troubled Waters fascinated to note jus. T in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico in the late 1950s The narratorreelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to. ,

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 ame and can get away with anything he wants In this particular story he s 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 ind myself craving an ice cold Drink This Summer I This summer I 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 un 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 or me Thompson is credited with coining the term gonzo journalism a irst person narrative that removes any objectivity rom 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 ollows young journalists around Puerto Rico without a care in the world besides drinking rum all day and inding 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 Owls: Birds of the Night 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 ador a job in Puerto Rico Flights Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, 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 twentyive cents a glass and rent as low as ifty dollars a week or a shared apartment puerto a week or a shared apartment Puerto was a new vacation destination Kemp discovered this on his light down when an attractive blonde got on his light He was immediately smitten only to ind out that she belonged to a ellow reporter With work only typing a ew lines a day AND RUM CHEAP AND THE BEACH IN WALKING DISTANCE rum cheap and the beach in walking distance 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 Pue. 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 Rum Diary