(EBOOK READ) [The Rum Diary] Author Hunter S. Thompson
69 Sex Positions. Advanced Moves to Spice Up Your Sex Life (with illustrations). Book II yRe 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 This book was brutally normal It went along nice and regular for a while and then something happens andou are sort of left to wonder how Transition nergetique - ces vrits qui drangent ! 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 I guess I should explain the rating to those ofou 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 luck is running out He has said the same thing before and I think he 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 CES GLUCIDES QUI MENACENT NOTRE CERVEAU your sense of adventure without foolingou about the fact that any journey worth embarking upon will be riddled with bullshit that Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes 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 wordset in a way that takes Ce qu'il reste de nous you there and makesou 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 ou 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 one day see a place such as this for myself Wanderlust Sometimes I
REALLY BEING ORDERED TO GET like being ordered to get 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 Ye. A sexy mysterious woman is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get rich uick schemes rule and anything including murder is permissib. 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 ou 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 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 esterday 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 ear 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 Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesuieu 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 twoear 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 oung 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 greasy spoon
Diner Met With are met with 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 befo. T in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan Puerto Rico in the late 1950s The narrator freelance journalist Paul Kemp irresistibly drawn to.
summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Hunter S. ThompsonI 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 very descriptive it s like reading a strong opinionated newspaper article about Puerto Rico and its appalling inhabitants The Rum Diary opens very promising with snippets of office politics masculine desperation and one s search to find the meaning of life in a foreign land For a book with nothing particularly interesting going on Hunter S Thompson got a way to keep me on the edge of my seat The man s got way with words The only problem I encountered was through the eyes of protagonist Paul Kemp Thompson didn t portray either the Puerto Ricans or the Americans in a very kind way The expatriates were depicted as drunkards were irresponsible and unprofessional while the natives were stereotyped as people who started fights with foreigners and cannot be trusted Nothing is beautiful in Kemp s eyes except maybe that little muff of brown hair standing out like a beacon against the white flesh of Chenault s belly and thighs In the end I thoroughly enjoyed Thompson s writing style Verdict Highly engaging though lacks of substance 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 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 oung to have earned enough distance from 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 film version may succeed where the source failed 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 Dressage conjugal 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 f Thompson wrote this semi autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside regarding it as a failure Nearly fortyears 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 outh displaying some obvious influence from Fitzgerald and Hemingway specifically The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also I Would Suggest And Yet The Tone And "I would suggest And et the tone and the are recognisably his own as a devotee of HST
I was fascinated to note just how set his style already was Therewas fascinated to note just how set his style already was There 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 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 Le Druidisme au quotidien 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 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 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 whenou 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. Begun in 1959 by a twenty two ear old Hunter S Thompson The Rum Diary is a tangled love story of jealousy treachery and violent alcoholic lus.