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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1., Aufl. (5. Juli 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 074757457X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747574576
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 1,4 x 17,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (56 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 17.726 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Disgusting as he usually was," Hunter Thompson writes in this, his 1959 novel, "on rare occasions he showed flashes of a stagnant intelligence. But his brain was so rotted with drink and dissolute living that whenever he put it to work it behaved like an old engine that had gone haywire from being dipped in lard." Surprise! Thompson isn't writing about himself, but one of the other, older, aimlessly carousing newspapermen in Puerto Rico, a guy called Moberg whose chief achievement is the ability to find his car after a night's drinking because it stinks so much. (I can smell it for blocks, he boasts.) The autobiographical hero, Paul Kemp, is 30, trapped in a dead-end job (Thompson wound up writing for a bowling magazine), and feeling as if his big-time writer dreams, soaked in Fitzgerald and Hemingway, are evaporating as rapidly as the rum in his fist.

In fact, Thompson was only 22 when he wrote The Rum Diary, but his fear of winding up like Moberg was well founded. What saved him was the fantastic conflagration of the 1960s, a fiery wind on which the reptilian wings of his prose style could catch and soar to the cackling heights of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Puerto Rico in 1959 doesn't have bad craziness enough to offer Thompson--just a routine drunken-reporter stomping by local cops and a riot over Kemp's friend's temptress girlfriend, a scantily imagined Smith College alumna who likes to strip nude on beaches and in nightclubs to taunt men.

Thompson's prose style only intermittently takes tentative flight--compare the stomping scenes in this book with his breakthrough, Hell's Angels--but it's interesting to see him so nakedly reveal his sensitive innards, before the celebrated clownish carapace grew in. It's also interesting to see how he improved this full version of the novel from the more raw (and racist) excerpts found in the 1990 collection Songs of the Doomed (available on audiocassette, partly narrated by Thompson). --Tim Appelo -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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'Remarkable - a genuine, 100% proof discovery of great literary importance' Mail on Sunday 'Hilarious, utterly real and tragic ... A lithe, well-crafted gem of a novel which leaves the reader disturbed and grinning in a way that makes people sitting nearby change seats' Scotland on Sunday 'Crackling, twisted, searing, paced to a deft prose rhythm ... a shot of Gonzo with a rum chaser' San Francisco Chronicle 'Wild, witty, angry, cynical and sarcastic ... A funny book that will make your life seem boring by comparison' Scene

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "heeb66" am 10. März 2003
Format: Taschenbuch
Diese Welt war mal ein Ort, wo man, wenn man's richtig anpackte, frei sein konnte. Hunter S. Thompson, berühmt und - vor allem -
berüchtigter Erz-Journalist, kannte die Kniffe, die es dazu bedurfte, wohl am besten. Raus aus der harten, tristen Realität der US Hauptstadt Washington und ab in die Karibik und dann mal sehen was es dort als Midlife-Crisis gefährdeter und Paranoia gebeutelter Journalist abzuräumen gibt.
Thompson nimmt den Leser mit auf die Traumhafte Karibik Insel Puerto Rico, wo es nur Rum zu geben scheint und "Männer 24 Stunden am Tag schwitzen". Begleitet von bizarren Charakteren, Gewalt und Alkohol entwickelt das Buch das starke Gefühl, Tun und Lassen zu können, wonach einem der Sinn steht, da sich irgendwie alles von selbst löst und irgendwer schon bezahlen wird.
Ein wirklich grossartiges Buch- mit einer Spannung als würde man sich auf eine Interkontinentalrakete setzen und sich krampfhaft festhalten während sie mit brutaler Energie auf ein unbestimmtess Ziel losrast.
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5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "doktorlabri" am 11. November 2001
Format: Taschenbuch
More or less all books of HST have an autobiographical background. In The rum diary he describes the part of his life he spent in Puerto Rico. He lay in the sun, worked a bit for the Daily News but spend most of his time getting drunk. But this did not infect the quality of the book. Hst tells a story about humans. Nothing spectacular happens, you do not find any artificial characters, no one dies but it will be the hardest challenge for you to put the book aside.
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The Rum diary by Hunter S. Thompson is about San Juan in the late 1950's. The protagonist/author/narrator, Paul Kemp, finds himself on this Caribbean Island eating time and working for a newspaper run by "an ex -communist called Lautermen." The novel contains much of the mad flamboyant drinking shenanigans that Thompson is famous for, yet unlike his more famous work, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, where the comedy is tied to the narrators beastliness, The Rum Diary hints at the associated tragedy and pain caused by the narrator's weakness for pleasure.
The classic Thompson characters are present. In The Rum Diary, viscous cabbies, swine, intolerable scoundrels, mutterers, and rotten old bastards line the pages like glue. Yet here, Thompson has fabricated a classic novel. With compactness and dexterity, he has constructed every scene, every dialogue, to reveal the secrets of the novel's conclusion. With strange fits of madness and carefully recorded dialogue, Thompson reveals just enough about the innards of the cast to make the story work.
The signature of this novel is in its tunnel vision. The characters encountered are not full, realistic people who evoke the empathy of the reader. Thompson concentrates on their cartoonish attributes, leaving the rest of their character to the broad sweep of generalization. The tiny and important details of each character appear in full, clear, detail while the rest of their personality gets blurred away in the surrounding corners of vision. This style of characterization allows the reader to experience the occurrences of the novel with the same, detached feeling of desperation that the author seems to have. Thompson never even attempts to explain his characters.
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When I first picked up this novel, I struggled through the first 30-40 pages, asking myself if the only reason I was continuing was because my brother gave it to me as a Christmas gift. Slowly, very slowly the lose ends of this novel began to come together, and I began to realize what I, personally, could get out of The Rum Diary. Between the lines of this novel I began to see the old words of F. Scott Fitzgerald; suddenly Nick Carraway was moving from the West to the more corrupt East. The Rum Diary offers a similar scenerio, but it doesn't stop there. Get rid of the glamorous Long Island of The Great Gatsby and throw all of the characters into Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness, which happens to be mentioned in The Rum Diary. When you understand that The Rum Diary is a combination of these elements, you will revel in the simple fact that what goes on in this novel is not meant to be completely understood. Thompson does a fine job keeping the reader from caring about his characters until you move past 100-120 pages. Off the top of my head I can't even remember our main character's name, but other characters like Sala, Sweep, Yeamon and Chenault stand out. Everyone has their own agenda for being in Puerto Rico. These inner ambitions become altered as the heat and monotony of the day become the clothing of each character. They only seem alive when they live in this setting like they are meant to -- naked. This book will most likely appeal to a part of you that you were not aware of, but it will take the whole book to find this. Don't simply add this to your bookshelf after reading 20-30 pages. Hang in there because The Rum Diary will prove its value.
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Hunter Thompson arrives in San Juan Puerto Rico as a thirty-something journalist on an english-language newspaper rapidly heading for the skids.
For fans of Thompson, this is a pre-drug dive into the nascent miasma of gonzo. A must-add to the collection. For anyone who wants to get the feel of a neo-colonial society on the brink of waterfront hotels and land barons, this book hits the spot.
From the moment he staggers out of a New York City bar and takes the cab to the airport, Paul Kemp fuels his post-adolescent lusts with cheap rum, disdainful detachment and occasional guilt. Taking cast-off apartments, cast-off assignments, and finally a cast-off beauty, Kemp reels from pillar to post. Moonlighting writing promotional materials for a piggish land developer, Kemp experiences more guilt than as moonlit lover of the abused Chenault. Watching the raging paper owner's paranoid descent into bankruptcy, shady mafia financing and death is but a sidelight. As he goes down, Lotterman's ravings about his "drunks, bums perverts thieves and wineheads" presages Thompson's classic socially scabrous syllogisms. Moberg the reporter coming in drunk and pissing on the teletype machine might be the only lighthearted moment.
The real action takes place in the musty tropical poured-concrete bunkers forming the hidey-holes for the lost souls of fellow expat writers. Feel the humidity drip from the slump-block as the hung-over stare follows a centipede's progress. The book echoes the grey early-morning sadness at the end of "Fear and Loathing", where the liquor's all gone, the final abuse committed, and the piper waits for payment at the door.
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