Booze. Money. Sex. Mystery. San Juan. Femme fatales. Handsome guys. It’s summer – could you ask for anything more? The folks over at Old New Orleans Rum have made life remarkably easy by bottling their delicious, spicy Gingeroo rum cocktail. Ice down a couple of bottles and grab our July book selection for a couple of lazy, hot-hot hours.
The Rum Diary by Hunter Thompson 1998 224 pages “… a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.” “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 on Amazon.com)
The novel is available as an ebook and an audible book and you can find online used copies for about $4.50 with shipping. I am sure you could find used copies around town, as well. You can find the book in both the New Orleans and Jefferson public libraries and Jefferson also has the audible version.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only RSVP yes if you plan to read the book and to be there for the MEETUP! If your plans change PLEASE have the courtesy to change your RSVP to no. Please do not take a space that you do not intend to use.
Extra credit--your August reading will be The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, 2011, 352 pages and we'll be meeting on Wednesday August 27. Stay cool, my friends.