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The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing
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If you're looking for a an answer to the question as to why great writers drink you won't get it from this book--And that is one of the book's strengths. But if you're interested in how alcohol figured into the personal and literary lives of these six great authors (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Berryman, Cheever, Carver, and Tennessee Williams) then you will not be disappointed. The book provides many potential explanations of why these authors may have succumb to excessive drinking and incontrovertible evidence as to its consequences. But more important than causes and consequences is the empathy one comes to feel for each of them, which Laing artfully elicits through her sensitive treatment of their lives--as sons, lovers, parents, professionals, colleagues and friends. Juxtaposed against Laing's personal journey, I found this to be a moving and compelling work.
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Reading Progress

November 7, 2014 – Started Reading
November 13, 2014 – Shelved
November 13, 2014 – Finished Reading

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