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The Lost Weekend Mass Market Paperback – 1948
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Signet Books No. 683; 1st Printing Sep 1948; original copyright 1944. 192 pp. Size MMPB. Binding intact; no loose pages. Cover and pages clean and unmarked EXCEPT cover shows aging in that the plastic coating on the cover has started to peel; it is all present however and the cover illustration and text is clear and legible.
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Charming gallantry, lies and fictions, excursions seeking pawn money, reminiscing of days past, each one poetically narrated by Jackson. His protagonist, Don Birnam, never once denies who or what he is. He's an alcoholic, and he serves only himself.
This book captures not just the degrading life of the alcoholic but the romanticism the addict infuses upon it. Even bungled up from a bad fall on the stairs, Don emphasizes his independence and self worth, at least internally, and leaves the hospital without treatment. He doesn't need anyone but himself, except when it comes to money to buy the booze.
Don knows he is charming, and knows he can hurt people by charming them, but he does it anyway because of the need for his own personal release. His mental escapades are astounding, his tales larger than life, his delusions more than reality: his highs are extraordinarily high and his lows are extraordinarily low. What we know now that we didn't know back when this book was written is how many addicts are bi-polar, but Jackson managed to capture this aspect of addiction long before science did.
'The Lost Weekend' isn't necessarily a fast-paced read, but rather something to nibble on when one is reflecting on what life has to dish out for us. For some, the monumental hurdles are mortgage and job promotions, for others, its finding those few bucks to get the next high.
'The Lost Weekend' is a must-have for your addiction collection, exploring the inner-space of addiction rather than the outer-space, or consequences, of it. The complacency, the drama, the edginess, the fulfillment, the tides: it's all here in the quick, inside look at a singular weekend. Enjoy!
gargantuan denial and rationalization of Don's thoughts, even as he is thinking them.
Spoiler's Alert: there is no happy ending, either for Don or the reader.
because it's a real downer. Charles Jackson superbly portrayed the mind of an alcoholic, or any addict, and the terrible emotions felt after the failures to conquer the habit. The character, Bim, is fascinating, too.
“Don’t see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain’t it grand the wind stopped blowin’?