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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. 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 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 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 quote: 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. 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 it: He ignored me. 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: 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 Island: My 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 again. 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.
Sometimes I really like being ordered to get off my bottom by the books that I am reading. Human eyes mine? 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. View all 26 comments. Oct 07, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it. 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. Loved this.
Loved everything about it. View 2 comments. 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.
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.
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. Nov 01, J.
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 reco Thompson wrote this semi-autobiographical novel in his early twenties but put it aside, regarding it as a failure. And yet the tone and the prose are recognisably his own; as a devotee of HST I was fascinated to note just 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 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 moment forever lost when the generation of idealistic youth gave way to the generation of swine.
The 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-soaked, frequently desperate and, in the end, utterly brutal. The cavalcade of drifters and losers comprised of his fellow journalists provides much comic relief and not a little pathos. Ultimately their chaotic lives seem diminished, their 'liberation' from 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 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 there for 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 to.
The 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 felt on finishing his manuscript: Yet it is an entertaining read nonetheless, and not necessarily for Thompson fans only. Aug 16, Kaya rated it it was ok.
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 a 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, It isn't very good. As the paper sits near bankruptcy, he begins to question the reason for coming to the island in the first place. 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 kept waiting for something exciting to happen and before I knew, the book was finished. The characters are unconvincing and like I said, there is no plot going on.
Paul'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 flat 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 of 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. View all 4 comments. Apr 22, Kevin Shepherd rated it really liked it Shelves: That maddening delusion that a man can lead a decent life without hiring himself out as a Judas Goat.
Aptly titled with a plethora of boozy contrivances an "No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to download, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction - toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. 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: 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. Dec 27, Mike rated it it was ok. 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: Fans of HST may wish to read this for a look at his writing before he Journalist with bad attitude get a job in Puerto Rico working with other ill-tempered men. 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 young 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 effect. It 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.
Not sure what the purpose of this book was. Throughout reading I struggled to find any semblance of a plot as the drunken Paul Kemp meandered through a series of rum bottles and dull conversations with equally dull characters.
My rating: I couldn't get into this, luckily the audio edition was only 3hrs and 55mins long so it's not like I wasted a lot of time on the book. Campbell Scott was a decent enough narrator but he could only do so much with the drab 'story' if it can be called t Not sure what the purpose of this book was.
Campbell Scott was a decent enough narrator but he could only do so much with the drab 'story' if it can be called that.
My recommendation: On a positive note, I thought the place setting was pretty interesting and the author did manage to instill a distinct Caribbean feel throughout. View all 3 comments. Jun 14, Tocotin rated it did not like it Recommended to Tocotin by: Oh girlfriends, is this stuff dated! Old boys, priests of the cult of St.
Hemingway, who feel nostalgic about the good times when women, coloreds, and queers knew their place? 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. There is one cute girl, but she is a Whore, because she likes to have Sex. Other women are difficult to Notice because they are Middle aged or Ugly, if the case is the latter then they get to be called Pigs. What is a Guy to Do when surrounded by such Monsters?
Only get Drunk on Rum. Maybe read Conrad. Mar 22, Abdul Q. Bastian rated it really liked it. I just spent more 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. For a book with nothing particularly interesting going on, Hunter S. Thompson got a way to keep me on the edge of my seat. Thompson played by Johnny Depp was very depressed at the time, getting wasting, working minimal amounts, and having sex with any Puerto Rican girl that was interested.
None of this was portrayed accurately in the film.
One key factor that Bruce Robinson screwed up was eliminating the character of Yemon, which was crucial in the book. Instead this Robinson combined three characters into two, which isn't true to the book and does not work on screen. Another factor missed was the bar Al's which played a big role in the book. This was the local bar in which all the works at the newspaper went to everyday and got wasted at. Besides the two lead characters in the film, all the workers were alcoholics and Robinson failed at exposing the working environment of the newspaper.
The ending of the book was tremendous; the boss Lotterman has a heart attack and dies when he thinks one of the employees was going to beat him up. Instead of using this great ending handed to him, Bruce Robinson steered away from that and it fell flat at the end.
All in all, when adapting a book like "The Rum Diary," you have to stay true to the heart balls of the story. Bruce Robinson missed the dark tone of the book, did not develop the characters and the environment to its fullest extent. On top of that did a terrible job of exposing the beautiful landscape of Puerto Rico, shooting everything much too tight not allowing the viewer to get a true feel of the surroundings and native people.
Instead of wasting your ten bucks at the cinema sit down relax and read an amazing book by Hunter S. Thompson, "The Rum Diary. One king hell of a movie for HST fans. I'm a huge Hunter S Thompson fan, but I was feeling very weary of this film since it has been shelved for almost a year now. I attended the world premiere last night, and I can report with absolute sincerity that if you loved HST's work, this will not disappoint. The one problem many die hard fans of the book may have is with the character of Sanderson.
In the book Paul Kemp and Sanderson represent the dueling persona's of Hunter, one being a cutthroat athletic type, the other being the booze-hound anti-authoritarian. In this film, Johnny Depp plays more to the character being a young HST and combines the characteristics of both into Kemp. Some may have a problem with this, but the movie is stronger for it as you are only rooting for the protagonist while giving the story a strong antagonist, a necessity in filmmaking.
In my eyes, this is Bruce Robinson's best work on screen to date, Johnny Depp is absolutely awe-inspiringly believable as a very young and constrained Hunter, and the cast could not have been more dead on. I'll be seeing this several more times in the theaters in the coming months. I adored the novel, The Rum Diary and as an aid worker I related to many of the character's struggles. Although the film does stray quite a bit from the book itself, I think it's a perfect homage to Hunter S Thompson.
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