The Rum Diary

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  • Title: The Rum Diary
  • Author: Hunter S. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780684856476
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
The Rum Diary

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About “Hunter S. Thompson

  • Hunter S. Thompson

    Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, famous for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind altering substances and to a lesser extent, alcohol and firearms , his libertarian views, and his iconoclastic contempt for authority He committed suicide in 2005.



556 thoughts on “The Rum Diary

  • 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, [...]


  • 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 it takes e [...]


  • Thompson wrote this semi autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside, regarding it as a failure Nearly forty years later, apparently with the encouragement of his friend Johnny The Colonel Depp, he dug it out and got it published.This is the Hunter S Thompson of his pre gonzo journalism callow youth, displaying some obvious influence from Fitzgerald and Hemingway specifically The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises, I would suggest And yet the tone and the prose are recognisabl [...]


  • It isn t very good The writing style isn t compelling, there is no plot and no hint of the future nor the direction of the book This is the kind of book that you either adore or feel indifferent for It s definitely NOT my kind of the book There s no deep characterization nor natural relationship 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 q [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • Hunter Thompson s original ambition was to be a novelist, and he wrote two unpublished novels, Prince Jellyfish and The Rum Diary, before he became a star of New Journalism and abandoned fiction for good Prince Jellyfish has not seen the light of day, except in a short, forgettable excerpt, but The Rum Diary did, well after the fact.And it s not very good It opens with an uninteresting passage of description that attempts to set up the narrator and characters as larger than life Thompson s prota [...]


  • Oh girlfriends, is this stuff dated It s so dated it stinks I can t imagine who would like to read it, really Old boys, priests of the cult of St Hemingway, who feel nostalgic about the good times when women, coloreds, and queers knew their place Honestly, I can t see the appeal.So the dude knew how to write, but hey, there are plenty of good writers who manage to write well AND stay fresh and relevant Thompson isn t one of them.It s a sad and Tragic story of tough white Guys who are alone and D [...]


  • 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 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 f [...]


  • Five decades ago, Thompson wrote what is probably the best summary I ve seen of how I feel about the newspaper industry now.I shared a vagrant optimism 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 [...]


  • 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 peopl [...]


  • My first night in Saigon I was sitting in a restaurant when a blind lady selling counterfeit books approached my table Despite her glazed eyeballs and her inability to find my eyes with her own I was captivated by her bright personality and attractive face, and so I decided to actually have a look at her selection of illegally printed books rather than shoo her off like I did everyone else She mostly had garbage travel books and lonely planet guides, but I did spot The Rum Diary 1961 in the corn [...]


  • I think books should carry a misogyny warning box on the cover just an FYI for the discerning reader I could have used a warning of that ilk before beginning this book Gross mistreatment, blatant abuse, and general lack of respect for women aside, I found the book disappointing I didn t connect with the main character or any other character for that matter He did nothing and went nowhere in the course of the tale and drank the entire time Even his internal dialogue about his current state of aff [...]


  • You know they re making a movie of The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp I drove by the newspaper office they created the other day Too bad I wasn t here when they were filming.It makes me wonder why these kinds of stories live on and on Why is Thompson s drunken rantings considered important literature I was especially disgusted by the story of the girl who went crazy totally crazy and then in the next paragraph is called a whore because she was drunk and was being objectified I m so tired of women be [...]


  • New review I d love to go to the Caribbean and do nothing but drink rum for a few months Instead I ll have to settle for picking up this book every now and then and reading a few pages Although there is no plot going on, this book works in an abstract kind of way giving the reader the experience of spending idle time wandering aimlessly around the head of a drunk who doesn t know what he s doing with his life any I read it at about the age of 30 and it works for me now just like it worked back t [...]


  • This is my first foray into Hunter S Thompson s work Ashamedly, I have not read any of his legitimate Gonzo journalism, and I understand that this is not an appropriate representation of his psychedelic work However, from the standpoint of an everyday novel, this is one of the best non crime fiction, non science fiction, non Vonnegut mundane fiction that I have read in a long time.I don t anticipate all of Hunter s work to resonate the same way this work has, but I don t want to dismiss this as [...]


  • This is a mediocre semi biographical novel about a very ill tempered, drunkard of a journalist The whole book is just a content battle with jealousy, treachery, violent alcoholism and lust but this book doesn t really move very fast and seems to feel like it drags way too much I was expecting something exciting but the plot seemed to drag on and while hinting at a plot this book never really took off Maybe as a movie it would be cut down enough to make a plot but as a book this seemed to drag on [...]


  • I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted it was worth knowing Rum Lots of rum And few hamburgers Some debauchery A little journalism I liked it This semi autobiographical novel was the second book Thompson penned yet was not published until 1998, presumably for financial reasons.


  • This was the first time that I ve actually ventured into the works of Hunter S Thompson I was immediately taken by how immensely readable it was I had the misguided preconception that it would have been difficult as a result of his historic substance ab use Concerns were quickly alleviated, and following Thompson s presumed alter ego to San Juan, Puerto Rico, proved to be an interesting ride.Despite The Rum Diary having been the first novel Thompson wrote it was mostly written in 1959 but not p [...]


  • This is rum, indeed Very questionable goings on going on here I believe this is labeled as fiction, but since Hunter S Thompson mostly wrote about his experiences, The Rum Diary is probably about as fictional as say Kerouac s On The Road Even calling it semi autobiographical is a scary prospect since that means at least some of this horror happened Horror Koivu Well okay, maybe it s lightened by some dark humor, but there are still some pretty awful things that happen herein, take for instance b [...]


  • This is one of my favorite books of all time It is by far my favorite HST book I recently re read it for the first time in about 15 years and I was struck by not only how well my memory of it served, but by how much the story changed for me reading it now in my 30s as opposed to when I first read it in my teens While all of Thompson s work has a defeatist undercurrent of despair, The Rum Diary always struck me as the most authentic If all of his work, to some degree strives to capture madness an [...]


  • Esta a primeira obra de Hunter S Thompson Escrita aos vinte e dois anos de idade, marcou o in cio de uma carreira, dedicada a contracultura americana, daquele que foi o criador do jornalismo gonzo Recentemente adaptado para o cinema, O Di rio a Rum volta as livrarias para voltar a deixar a sua marca.Este livro foi uma das prendas de Natal da m ezinha, e ela comprou mo sim, porque tinha o Johnny Deep na capa Rid culo, eu sei mas como at tinha ten es de ver o filme porque l est , sou f do senhor, [...]


  • This really is a 2.5 3 star book However, I really liked it It s been years since I ve read Fear and Loathing and, surprisingly, probably at least a year since I watched the movie, a movie that I watched like every week in college Having spent so much time away from Thompson, a nice dose of Raoul Duke is just what I needed Actually, the protagonist narrator in this is one Paul Kemp Although Kemp s life is definitely derived from Thompson s experiences, Kemp is strictly a character not an alter [...]


  • This is where one of the greatest writers of my generation had his start In his early 20s, and fresh out of the military, Hunter S Thompson would spend his days honing his craft in the developing years of Puerto Rico Tapping into the alcohol, sexiness and unapologetic excess that would define the later Gonzo style of the Fear and Loathing works, The Rum Diary finds Hunter in the makings of his talent It is unrefined and his trade marks haven t quite become the hallmark prose you normally get, bu [...]


  • I ve read mostly everything else HST has written, and had heard of this early novel, but hadn t found it on the library shelves So when I found it on sale at Borders I jumped It s clear that this is early work, it lacks the bite of the Gonzo Nevertheless, the writing is clear and well paced To me it seemed as though this was almost autobiographical in the sense that parts of HST are in different characters Maybe the narrator is HST at the time he wrote this not young and naive any, but experienc [...]


  • So Much Rum Hunter S Thompson though damn, his gonzo journalism style takes you right to the heart of Puerto Rico, you feel everything the way I m sure he experienced everything Not a 5 as it doesn t reveal any essential human truths aside from that of if you re going to do anything, might as well be drunk Balls, said Yeamon.


  • Meine MeinungDas letzte, wirklich das allerletzte, was ich von diesem Roman erwartet hatte, war eine Midlife Crisis Story Und doch ist es genau das, was ich bekommen habe Journalist Paul ist gerade mal um die drei ig, hat aber schon genauso gro e Angst vor dem Alter wie vor Sesshaftigkeit Kaum ist der Mietvertrag f r seine Wohnung unterschrieben, zieht es ihn auch schon wieder in ein anderes Land Er bef rchtet, langsam zu alt f r ein abenteuerliches Vagabundenleben zu sein und sein bisheriges Le [...]


  • The protagonist is a complete pig, but it s clear the author doesn t think this and it certainly sets a certain my way or the highway tone from the very beginning to the very end The racism sexism violence in this novel is far from just trying to have a realistic setting as I m guessing many proponents of the book would suggest The huge indifference to cruelty expressed within these pages is an attitude only a wealthy person in 1959 could write and made the entire reading experience not only dis [...]



  • This early work by Thompson is cynically compelling for reasons I have a difficult time quantifying I m not a fan of alcoholism or unredeeming gloominess, but these are two of the driving forces behind the story There are hints of Thompson s burgeoning wit and unconventional prose, but what is most fascinating are the varying degrees of suckfish employed by a low grade Puerto Rican newspaper where the main character, Paul Kemp, finds himself employed Kemp, a journalist in his early 30s, winds up [...]


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