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The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing
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it was amazing

Part memoir, part biography, part travel narrative, Laing takes the reader into the lives of some of America's greatest male authors (Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, Carver, Scott Fitzgerald and John Barryman) - there is good reason why the ladies are excluded, although you catch glimpses. One sees both how inspiring and yet ultimately destructive alcoholism is - not only for the alcoholic but for all those who love him or admire him. Could they have written the same works of beauty without the bottle? That is a question that Laing never truly answers. But certainly, one walks away with a better appreciation of what it means to an individual to loose oneself in that manner.

Wonderfully written, sympathetic without being enabling. This book is quite amazing. Especially for someone who, for the moment, is a writer and who also has had a . . . shall we say, interesting (?) relationship with alcohol over the years.
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