The Rum Diary (Paperback)
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DescriptionPaul Kemp has moved from New York to the steamy heat of Puerto Rico to work at the Daily News. He starts hanging out at Al's Backyard, a local den selling booze and hamburgers to vagrant journalists who are mostly crazy drunks on the verge of quitting. Then he meets Yeamon, whose delectable girlfriend has Kemp stewing in his own lust. But the idle tension that builds up in places where men sweat twenty-four hours a day is reaching a violent breaking point.
- Published: 01 July 2005
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780747574576 ISBN 10: 074757457X
- Sales rank: 2,005
Reviews for The Rum Diary
Fear and Loathing in San Juan
Although "The Rum Diary" is far from the "Great American Novel" that Hunter S. Thompson wanted to write, it remains an exhilarating chronicle of the disillusionment felt by a generation and very much characteristic of Thompson's other works. Paul Kemp is the vagabond journalist who ends up in Puerto Rico writing for a failing English language newspaper. He befriends the other writers at the paper and soon emulates their lifestyle - becoming lonely, disconcerted and capricious in the process. He lusts after the beautiful Chenault, his best friend's girl, and can only find solace through drinking. Amid the raucous abandonment and drunken antics of the Thompson's characters, there exists an (admittedly oxymoronical) undercurrent of calm and tranquillity in the dead heat of the Caribbean sun, accentuated by the appropriately (and necessarily) aimless plot. It's a story of the ills of capitalism and modernism. It's a story of love, jealousy and, perhaps most significantly, loss. To put it ironically, it's a story of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
In short, it's an easy, yet thoroughly enjoyable, read which is made all the more pleasant with a glass of the finest rum. Buy the ticket; take the ride. Recommended. by Diarmuid Cushen