Friday, 22 January 2010

"The Rum Diary"

Considered a pioneer of American journalism, Hunter S Thompson has a style quite unlike anyone I had read before. Hoping to open my mind and learn from other writers, I decided to give him a second chance (after disliking "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for coming across as boastful) and picked up "The Rum Diary" as my third book of the year.

Mostly, I enjoyed the story (which follows American journalist Paul Kemp to San Juan where he works for a newspaper) and thought that the descriptions were very good. Unfortunately I found the book sinking down my priorities list during a busy few weeks as the story seemed to drag in parts - taking longer than I'd hoped to read the 200 pages. Despite this, I did find some quotes that I liked a lot, my favourite of which I have included below.

"Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception — especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence." [Page 55]

My rating: (2.0/5.0)

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