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The Rum Diary: A Novel

Thompson always "needed" money—or at least, made an entertaining meal of pretending to. Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, along with a paperback re-release of the book, were released that same year, so the proverbial iron was hot for striking.

Billed as "the long lost novel" upon its release, The Rum Diary is narrated by a young journalist named Paul Kemp who leaves New York for Puerto Rico and a job with the fictional San Juan Daily News, an English-language publication staffed by jocular degenerates, talented schemers, and other writers that he finds, upon arrival, is not long for this world.

If true, perhaps we can work something out.

The job interests me for two reasons: the Caribbean location, and the fact that it's a new paper. Salary would be entirely secondary, as it definitely would not be here in our great rotarian democracy As for the quality of my work, I'd be either the best or the worst sports editor you could get.

I'd make great demands on the photographers, insist on laying out my own pages, write a column that might make some readers strain their intellects, and generally make every effort to produce what I considered the perfect sports section. If you're looking for an easy-going hack, then I am not your man.

He continues: Having been a sportswriter, sports editor, editorial trainee, and reporter—in that order—I have given up on American journalism.


There is another concept of journalism, which you may or may not be familiar with. Advertisement His was not a successful application. The managing editor of the paper, William Kennedy who would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Ironweed , kindly responded that their publisher was a Rotarian, that their staff was—like Thompson—full of reporters also writing novels, and that perhaps he should get back to writing his.

Thompson, with the red mist of rejection descending but also sensing a worthy opponent, fired off this note, entirely in lowercase: your letter was cute, my friend, and your interpretation of my letter was beautifully typical of the cretin-intellect responsible for the dry-rot of the american press. Thompson eventually found a sportswriting gig with a glorified English-language newsletter called El Sportivo that existed essentially to promote bowling in Puerto Rico while giving bowlers kicks by seeing their name in print.

He and Kennedy became fast friends and kept a lively correspondence that lasted the rest of Thompson's days.

Thompson began The Rum Diary while there, living a life very much like that of his protagonist: early-morning ocean swims, mid-days full of freelance assignments ranging from cock-fighting features to writing travel brochure copy, afternoons and late evenings spent smoking pipes and drinking lustily with other itinerant souls. All of this appears in one form or another in the novel. Art did not imitate life so much as admire it boozily in the mirror. But the author of The Rum Diary was then, despite his virtuosic talent for the picturesque threat and brutal insult, the same as that of the Fear and Loathing books in name only.

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The young man in Puerto Rico was one still beholden to his literary heroes and still speaking in their voices—in his fiction, anyway. Years earlier, while still "Airman Thompson" of the Air Force and sports editor of his base's newspaper , he wrote letters in the style of H. Mencken and harbored dreams of being "universally hailed as the new [Grantland] 'Granny' Rice.

Ralph Ellison was also known to copy entire stories from Hemingway for the same reason. Their similarities, beyond Thompson's early penchant for sloe gin, end there. Advertisement A Southerner first, he was in thrall to Faulkner, and he thought that William Styron's Lie Down in Darkness was "without a doubt the finest book written in this country since the Second World War.

It's the fumes that get you. Even so, The Rum Diary reads, from where we sit at the far side of his singular journalistic career, like someone fighting with the—writerly!

Listen: "We paid our bill and went out to Sala's car. The top was down and it was a fine, fast ride along the Boulevard to Condado. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony.

Mencken, take a bow! And from the novel's final page, try not to imagine a green light beckoning somewhere off in the distance: "Down on the waterfront I could hear the slow clang of a ship's bell as it eased against the pier, and somewhere in the city a motorcycle roared through the narrow streets, sending its echo up the hill to Calle O'Leary.

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Thompson It's Fiction Literature. Publication Details Publisher: Random House Imprint: Vintage Digital Publication Date: Format OverDrive Read Bruce Robinson Author Bruce Robinson started his career in cinema as an actor. More about Bruce Robinson. The Rum Diary Embed.

Media The Rum Diary.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.


Thompson is a book that has various unique with others. After much failure in getting his short stories and a largely unknown first novel, Prince Jellyfish, deemed forgettable by his own admission published, The Rum Diary—first "finished" in —was meant to be his The Sun Also Rises.

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