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The Lost Weekend

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Title:The Lost Weekend
Author:
Jackson, Charles R.   
(2 of 2 for author by title)
The Fall of Valor
Published:   1944
Publisher:The Noonday Press
Tags:fiction, addiction, film/TV adaptation
Description:

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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