|Title:||The Lost Weekend|
|Publisher:||The Noonday Press|
|Tags:||fiction, addiction, film adaptation|
Set in a rundown neighborhood of Manhattan in 1936, the novel explores a five-day alcoholic binge. Don Birnam, a binge drinker mostly of rye, fancies himself as a writer. He lapses into foreign phrases and quotes Shakespeare even while attempting to steal a woman’s purse, trying to pawn a typewriter for drinking money, and smashing his face on a banister. That accident gets him checked into an “alcoholic ward.” There, a counselor advises Birnam on the nature of alcoholism.
Perhaps the only thing keeping Birnam from drinking himself to death is his girlfriend Helen, a selfless and incorruptible woman who tolerates his behavior out of love. . . No sooner has he begun to recover from his “Lost Weekend” than he contemplates killing Helen’s maid to get the key to the liquor cabinet. He has a few drinks and crawls into bed wondering, “Why did they make such a fuss?”—Wikipedia.
The book, a best-seller, was made into a movie of the same name, and received rave reviews. [Suggest a different description.]
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