- 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: 56 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 39.674 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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
Paul 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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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No drug induced escapes and horrors but the real life nightmares
of the Carribean. Here there is no Johnny Depp this time, and for good.
Fear and Loathing of a sweating thirty-year old, hitting the bottle
like the classic journalists did. Read it in two days, and I'm neither English nor American.
Dive into oceans of warm rum (drinking while reading is not bad advice at all)
Sein Schreibstil ist noch nicht ausgereift, allerding kann man definitiv erkennen, dass sich hier ein einzigartiger Schriftsteller entsteht.
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. Hunter claimed that “there will be a great shrieking and tearing of hair” when the book will be published. In the story lurks the prophecy of Hunter’s future as a masterful American prose stylist and journalistic fictionist. The tools he would use in the years ahead, his bizarre mockery of society, and the paranoid anger of the outlaw, all can be recognized in this clever imagination in San Juan. They should become typical of his work. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” his paean to drug madness that consolidated his growing fame, turned him into the gonzo journalist with the public clout of a rock star.
HST starts us on the frozen streets of NYC and quickly takes us on a manic plane flight (where his protagonist creates general havoc trying to get close to a lovely lady). We land in P.R. at Al's Backyard Bar huddling with American journalists (some ex-communists) drinking and ducking life on the island and for some- well- life itself.
The characters are real, the scerery vivid and the story line strong and dark- just like the Rum.
Take time this summer to sit in a cool place, sip your favorite drink and spend some time with HST and his cadre of misfits. You'll wish for more and more. . .
What I like most about this book was its ability to evoke a time, a place and a certain demographic. San Juan in the late 50s must have been a blast if you were young, American and basically looking for an exotic good time without the bother of getting a passport or changing your money.
If Paul Kemp is Thompson's alter ego, then HST was impressively candid about what a worthless rake he was. I suspect that Kemp is a composite of the worst tendencies of Thompson and several other guys from the same crowd. No eternal verities are even hinted at in this book. If there was one iota of "hey this is literature" in this book, then it would be truly bad. On the contrary, it is just a well-written story about a shabby life.
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