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The Rum Diary: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 1999

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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Scribner Pbk Fi. (1. November 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0684856476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684856476
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
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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.


“Crackling, twisted, searing, paced to a deft prose rhythm . . . A shot of Gonzo with a rum chaser.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Enough booze to float a yacht and enough fear and loathing to sink it.” New York Daily News

“A great and an unexpected joy . . . Reveals a young Hunter Thompson brimming with talent.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“At the core of this hard-drinking, hard-talking, hard-living man is a moralist, Puritan, even an innocent. The Rum Diary gives us this side of him without apology . . . with a kind of pride." The Washington Post Book World

"A remarkably full and mature first novel . . . a languid and lovingly executed book that reveals its emotional depths slowly." Salon

“Thompson flashes signs of the vitriol that would later be turned loose on society.” USA Today

"The tools Hunter S. Thompson would use in the years ahead-bizarre wit, mockery without end, redundant excess, supreme self-confidence, the narrative of the wounded meritorious ego, and the idiopathic anger of the righteous outlaw—were all there in his precocious imagination in San Juan. There, too were the beginnings of his future as a masterful prose stylist." —William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ironweed

"The Run Diary shows a side of human nature that is ugly and wrong. But it is a world that Hunter Thompson knows in the nerves of his neck. This is a brilliant tribal study and a bone in the throat of all decent people." —Jimmy Buffett

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von express am 28. Mai 2013
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Thompson had traveled from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1960 to write for the new and struggling bowling magazine “El Sportivo” on the island. About ten years later the book, one of the funniest, most original works of the last four decades was ready, but he didn’t find a publisher until 1998.

The Rum Diary - close to Thompson's own early experience in journalism's liquor-soaked trenches - is set in San Juan in the late 1950s and involves an American journalist named Paul Kemp, who is thirty-three years old and who's grown tired of New York. So he decides on a lark to take a job with the San Juan Daily News. “Why not?” he tells the staff photographer when he arrives. “A man could do worse than the Caribbean.” The photographer grunts, “You should’ve kept on going south.” So, Kemp starts to investigate and discovers the bowels of the sunny, rum-laden myth of his new habitat: The government is corrupt and the locals don’t exactly appreciate the yanqui carpetbaggers. On top of that, the San Juan Daily News is rapidly collapsing.

Equally rapidly Kemp runs into numerous scuffles with the law and bitter editors, but basically he collides with himself, whether falling in love with the unattainably beautiful Chenault - a fellow American refugee - or contemplating his morality (and mortality) while trapped in the snare of one lost weekend after another. “I ... sat there and drank, trying to decide if I was getting older and wiser, or just plain old,” he says.

Hunter did most of the writing in a rented cabin at Big Sur, California, where he was already deemed persona non grata by the overflowing artistic community there, which was not as avant-garde as some admirers would have it.
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5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "heeb66" am 10. März 2003
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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
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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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