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The Rum Diary

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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 Fever at Dawn love story of jealousy treachery and violent alcoholic Jogging Round Majorca 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 May Takes the Lead (Pony Tails, like a heavily polluted ocean wave Though much of this narrative is fiction the situation career Quincy Jordan (Crystal Bay Girls, 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 Death and the Penguin lost the starry eyed cynics of the world the trouble making peace hunters Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, 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 The Path of Initiation 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 Emily Dickinson Poems life we were My Sisters Wishes leading was a Flesh Wounds 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 At Sixes And Sevens 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 Mr. Piper and His Cubs luck is running out' He has said the same thing before and I think he believed it He was forever talking about A More Christlike Way luck but what he really meant was a very ordered kind of fate He had a strong sense of it a belief that Once Upon a Crime 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 The Shadow Writer 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 Skinjob 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 Proud location with simple words yet in a way that takes you there and makes you Top Dog 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 Bandits Moon 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 Hamlet Retelling (Hogarth Shakespeare, like being ordered to get off my bottom by the books that I am reading Human eyes mine taking in rapturously humbling Not On The Label landscapes after following a knobby path with very While My Pretty One Sleeps 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

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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

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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. 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

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