The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

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The classic tale of one man's struggle with alcoholism, this revolutionary novel remains Charles Jackson's best-known book--a daring autobiographical work that paved the way for contemporary addiction literature.

It is 1936, and on the East Side of Manhattan, a would-be writer named Don Birnam decides to have a drink. And then another, and then another, until he's in the midst of what becomes a five-day binge. The Lost Weekend moves with unstoppable speed, propelled by a heartbreaking but unflinching truth. It catapulted Charles Jackson to fame, and endures as an acute study of the ravages of alcoholism, as well as an unforgettable parable of the condition of the modern man.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013, c1971
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780307948717
Branch Call Number: F JAC
Characteristics: xx, 248 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 23, 2017

New York Times Book Review Podcast recommends some amazing books you'd never notice or pick up because they're old, weird, yet historical and important and always, always, always the best books I've read in a long time. I'm not a person who would pick up this book, certainly.

It's a male narrator, not my thing, a novel, not my thing, about drinking, I don't, and really dark and failing, not pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps which is about all I read.

Yet, yet.

I enjoy it so much. It's written so well and so funny in a how bad can it get? kind of way. Like how much of a loser can the protagonist be without you not obsessing over hoping someone comes to his rescue, or worrying about how much damage he'll do over the course of the four days, or what his brother will come home to, or overall how does a person end up like this?

Totally fascinating in an anthropological way for me, particularly since it is set in New York 1944 and you can practically smell the cigarette smoke and ladies' perfume while you absorb the atmosphere of intoxication.

Jan 14, 2011

one of the great books about alcohol enslavement and the compleat self delusion it entails. the other book would be the drinker by fallada.

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