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John Barleycorn by Jack London
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May 30, 08

Basically London's autobiography (as a pirate, arctic sealer, hobo riding the rails, klondike gold miner, south seas explorer) told through all of the times that he got the most wasted. At times very entertaining, but then I also got frustrated with the fact that he never takes responsibility for his own actions. Throughout almost the entire novel he claims that he doesn't like to drink and hates the taste, but for some reason or other he is always being forced into drinking? Ha. Classic times, crazy stories, good people... Just admit that you were into it, I say! Also, his arguments in favor of prohibition, thinking that it will cure America of alsoholism, are pretty silly, but judging by the forward to the book, maybe he realised that later? And it is sad that his alcoholism caused him to die so young... But all in all, some great stories...

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