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[[ Download Kindle ]] ì The Rum Diary Ì Alternate Cover Edition can be found here Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp,The Rum Diary a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is Hunter S Thompson s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the CaribbeanBegun inby a 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 s The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get rich quick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissible Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson s Fear and Loathing books Here I was, living in a luxury hotelracing around a half Latin city in a toy car that looked like a cockroach and sounded like a jet fighter, sneaking down alleys and humping on the beach, scavenging for food in shark infested waters, hounded by mobs yelling in a foreign tongue and the whole thing was taking place in quaint old Spanish Puerto Rico 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,Here I was, living in a luxury hotelracing around a half Latin city in a toy car that looked like a cockroach and sounded like a jet fighter, sneaking down alleys and humping on the beach, scavenging for food in shark infested waters, hounded by mobs yelling in a foreign tongue and the whole thing was taking place in quaint old Spanish Puerto Rico 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, these people had to be staggering around drunk all the time It s amazing they actually got anything done Oh wait That s right They didn t But considering this story is set in the late 1950 s I suppose that would explain their behavior as wellWe re all going to the same damn places, doing the same damn things people have been doing for fifty years, and we keep waiting for something to happen You know I m a rebel, I took off now where s my reward You fool, I said There is no reward and there never wasGritty and raw with a tinge of desperation Paul Kemp in addition to everyone else he s become acquainted with since his arrival on the island of Puerto Rico have only ended up there in hopes of escaping to something better After quickly realizing that Puerto Rico at the time is far from their original vision of paradise, the spiteful and bitter attitudes begin making an appearance It doesn t take Kemp long to become just as bitter after the realization that a person can work so hard to have a better life, havemoney, and to accomplish your dreams and never actually get anything done except wasting time and getting olderWe keep getting drunk and these terrible things keep happening and each one is worse than the last Hell, it s no fun any our luck s all running out at the same time The Rum Diary is simply that, a diary There isn t even that much of a plot, really It s almost like a pilot episode, a small glimpse of what s to come but unfortunately there isn t any full episode to look forward to Despite that, I find myself extremely fascinated and I now have an incredibly strong desire to read anything I can get my hands on of Hunter S Thompson s The Rum Diary is his second novel which he wrote at the age of 22 is semi autobiographical because Hunter himself flew down to Puerto Rico as a journalist to write for a newspaper Despite writing The Rum Diary in the early 1960 s, it was never actually published until 1998 because no one was interested and he was constantly rejected Fortunately, he revisited the idea of publishing it several decades later and he finally succeeding in releasing it to the world 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 praise 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 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 praise 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 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 quoteLike 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 goingThis novel is frequently hilarious Never mind Thompson s hands off approach to people and their petty squabbles 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 itHe 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 JuanThompson 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 Vieques IslandFinally 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, turquoise 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 againI immediately proceeded to run a GIS of Vieques 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 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 wonder how you should feel about it Hunter S Thompson is cool and collected in his thoughts and it really feels genuine John Zelazny is another emerging Aspen writer and he is picking up where Thompson left off 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 wonder how you should feel about it Hunter S Thompson is cool and collected in his thoughts and it really feels genuine John Zelazny is another emerging Aspen writer and he is picking up where Thompson left off Happy, I muttered, trying to pin the word down But it is on of those words, like Love, that I have never quite 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 Happy, I muttered, trying to pin the word down But it is on of those words, like Love, that I have never quite 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 confidenceHunter 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