The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

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The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu May 13, 2010 10:28 am

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Who is Hunter S. Thompson in this story?
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby nebraska » Thu May 13, 2010 10:36 am

Well, I always assumed he was Kemp because he wrote the story in Kemp's voice. Are you suggesting that perhaps he was one of the other characters? That is an interesting idea..........

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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu May 13, 2010 11:56 am

I think so... :grin:
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby ladylinn » Thu May 13, 2010 2:05 pm

Wow! What an interesting idea. I too always thought of Kemp being Hunter. But now that you have made me go back and think more on the characters - perhaps there is a little of Hunter in several of them.

Kemp of course because his life seemed to fit a young Hunter.
searching for "something".
Sala - he was a friend that you could count on and a fellow rum
drinker that was fun to be with.
Sanderson - on the edge of just getting in on the ground floor
wanting to make alot of money.
Yeamon - I know that Hunter did not have great understanding
or relationship with women at that time - but I hope Hunter
wasn't that mean.
I don't know - maybe this is a stretch. Just some thoughts.

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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu May 13, 2010 5:31 pm

Not a stretch at all ladylinn. :cool: Any other ideas out there? Remember there are no wrong answers!
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby gemini » Thu May 13, 2010 6:00 pm

Well, I seem to have answered this is a previous post but I am always getting ahead of myself. I thought Kemp and Yaemon were two sides of the same coin. Here is what I said in my earleir post

Kemp and Yeamon seemed like two sides of Hunter. Yeamons brawling and getting in trouble was very much like the young Hunter. He showed his temperament in one character and his conscience in the other.


I started thinking about this when Yeamon told Kemp about his home in Laurel County Kentucky. Also I can't remember where but in a conversaion Yeamon tells Kemp we are the same.
They certainly had the same lifestyle, liked the same girl, and had the same wanderlust that got them to Puerto Rico.
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby deppaura » Thu May 13, 2010 10:24 pm

If I can link this, I think I found a gem from the mouth of the MAN himselfhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQNvBLGs50 You're going to love this!! And, I apologize if this was part of the original presentation.

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Unread postby gemini » Thu May 13, 2010 10:43 pm

deppaura wrote:If I can link this, I think I found a gem from the mouth of the MAN himselfhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQNvBLGs50 You're going to love this!! And, I apologize if this was part of the original presentation.


Wow That was great deppaura. Straight from the horses mouth. Its great to know that Hunter agrees with being Kemp and Yeamon and not necessarily Kemp. Not to mention he explains his literary choices in life and mentions Johnny. Great video. Its called "Hunter doesn't equate himself with Paul Kemp." Thanks for finding it. I think I am going to watch it again! :biggrin:
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby Liz » Thu May 13, 2010 10:45 pm

deppaura wrote:If I can link this, I think I found a gem from the mouth of the MAN himselfhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQNvBLGs50 You're going to love this!! And, I apologize if this was part of the original presentation.

Well, there ya go. There's our answer.

We had a feeling that one of you would find that. ;-)

I always thought it was Kemp until I saw that video about a month ago. But it totally makes sense. And since it is a novel, why not split yourself between two characters?
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Unread postby gemini » Thu May 13, 2010 10:48 pm

Liz wrote: Well, there ya go. There's our answer.

We had a feeling that one of you would find that. ;-)

I always thought it was Kemp until I saw that video about a month ago. But it totally makes sense. And since it is a novel, why not split yourself between two characters?[/liz]


Would this be a good time for me to mention how annoyed I am about Yeamon being written out of the script for the film? I also love that Hunter calls the affair between Yeamon and Chenault young love. He doesn't put Kemp in there.
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Unread postby Liz » Thu May 13, 2010 10:56 pm

Oh what the heck. It's tomorrow's question. I'll just post it in a few....... And we'll get a jump on it. :chill:
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Unread postby gemini » Thu May 13, 2010 11:01 pm

Liz wrote:Oh what the heck. It's tomorrow's question. I'll just post it in a few....... And we'll get a jump on it. :chill:




Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I was biting my tongue! :notworthy:
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby Liz » Thu May 13, 2010 11:04 pm

gemini wrote:
Liz wrote:Oh what the heck. It's tomorrow's question. I'll just post it in a few....... And we'll get a jump on it. :chill:




Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I was biting my tongue! :notworthy:

Well, if it wasn't tomorrow's question you would have a very sore tongue. :rotflmao:

It just seemed like the opportune moment, as it were.
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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu May 13, 2010 11:37 pm

Isn't that cool? That interview was the inspiration for the question. When we first discussed TRD we all thought Hunter was Kemp but we came to the conclusion that Hunter was represented by Kemp and Yeamon, this was before YouTube. Life before YouTube? :-O :lol: Reading excerpts from The Proud Highway it sounds like Hunter was living Yeamon's life on the beach.

“Here is today (one in the new life of HST): Up at ten-thirty, burst out the door and into the Atlantic for eye-opening swim, then walk up the beach (with bearded bartending next-door neighbor) to San Juan Intercontinental Hotel for breakfast—fresh pineapple, toast and marmalade, and four cups of coffee. See gambling commissioner at two for information on casinos—my next assignment. To La Rada Hotel at four-thirty to discuss newfound assignment. East in Old San Juan at six'thiry, out to pick up mail in Rio Piedras at nine. Read your letter on way over here, take off clothes and go naked down to beach with pipe and glass of brandy. (now that’s a mental picture!) Smoke pipe, drink brandy, swim, come back in for shower and to write this letter. Afterwards, finish cock-fight feature. Then to bed. No assignments tomorrow. Nothing but water, rum, and sun.”

Here is a link to a 30 minute interview with Hunter on The Charlie Rose Show where he talks about The Rum Diary. Notice the Gatsby reference.

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Re: The Rum Diary Question #25 ~ Hunter in TRD

Unread postby gemini » Fri May 14, 2010 4:57 pm

ladylinn wrote:Wow! What an interesting idea. I too always thought of Kemp being Hunter. But now that you have made me go back and think more on the characters - perhaps there is a little of Hunter in several of them.

Kemp of course because his life seemed to fit a young Hunter.
searching for "something".
Sala - he was a friend that you could count on and a fellow rum
drinker that was fun to be with.
Sanderson - on the edge of just getting in on the ground floor
wanting to make alot of money.
Yeamon - I know that Hunter did not have great understanding
or relationship with women at that time - but I hope Hunter
wasn't that mean.
I don't know - maybe this is a stretch. Just some thoughts.


Of course Hunter is in all of them, he created them from his experiences. They all sure had drinking that rum in common with Hunter. All were looking for adventure far from home. They had bad or problem relationships with women. In the Charlie Rose video Hunter says about Yeamon and Chenault," that was what young love was". Maybe it was for him as he admitted making Kemp and Yeamon from himelf.

Even Zimmburger a gun nut, had that in common with Hunter. This makes me recall Martin the pilot who was Zimmburgers right hand man on the island. He was ex military and was stationed there and fell in love with the island and came to live there after the service. Remember Hunter joined the air force to become a pilot before he was rejected and became a sports editor. I think Martins life was a dream Hunter had in the military. Sala's complaining reminds me of some of Hunters gonzo articles when he got on a rant. Yes ladylinn, there were many aspects of Hunter in them all, even Moberg.
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