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Member No.: 11
Joined: 11-January 07
I think you have to look at that period of time.. the late 50's early 60's... not that excessive drinking is exclusive to any certain time period cause it's not.
My thinking is that most of the major players were with the newspaper and basically they went there by choice or because maybe they had no where else to go work.. they've done so much elsewhere that maybe they were just getting a little lost in what they thought would be an idyllic tropical island.. but discovered the same problems they had elsewhere were still with them. Did any of them really have a home .. a family to go to after finishing an assignment. Maybe something that Hunter himself experienced or felt in his earlier years.
Member No.: 12
Joined: 12-January 07
I feel like they drank to escape reality, to kick back and relax; most of the characters seemed to be in a holding pattern in PR in between "real" assignments or on the tail end of their careers hence no emotional connections so the "guys" in the office became family and drinking was their main activity. HST was known to drink large amounts and it seems natural that his one work of fiction would be someone who took to the drink. I am not being critical of this work but I feel like a little less emphasis on the drinking and more development of the characters' motivations would explain the dismal ending of the book. Title: A diary of a transplanted New York newspaper writer who uses rum as the tool to explore his feelings of loneliness and career "burnout". Anne r
Member No.: 21
Joined: 26-January 07
Interesting points--I think the time period also plays into the drinking as well. If anyone has seen Mad Men, a cable series set in the 50s, they always seem to be drinking. I can see it being an escape, social or worse in RD, too. The characters did seem to be driven to drink!-lol Also, I wonder if it's the setting---tropical, warm weather, laid back--far from the hustle/bustle of the US at the time. All the characters were pretty much lost souls in my opinion---looking for escapism.
"It is not the destination so much as the journey" ~Capt. Jack Sparrow
Member No.: 277
Joined: 26-February 07
I still think the 'work' is a kind of smoke screen to the real issue of escaping reality, and then, "My God! Someone else has followed me here. How could they be possessed to go in the same direction as my wandering soul, and a woman nonetheless !" (I say in my best FALILV type of narrarative voice.)
Member No.: 8,140
Joined: 10-May 09
Rum is so much a part of Puerto Rico and its history and economy and export. And the continual drinking of it in TRD is not a cultural thing as the jounalists are not of Puerto Rican descent but a way to fill their empty time/lives. Like a crutch or bandage to mask deeper hurts/insecurities/problems. It's a quick fix to prevent them from dwelling too much on what may be their desperate reality.
(hope you don't mind me joining in this discussion. i just finished reading TRD)
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