The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

by Charles Jackson

Don Birnam is a sensitive, charming and well-read man. Yet when left alone for a few days by his brother, he struggles with his overwhelming desire for alcohol, succumbs to it and, in the resulting prolonged agony, goes over much of his life up to and including the lost weekend."So powerful and understanding that many readers will find themselves riveted to their chairs until the end....A mystery story, a horror story and a revelation of the forces that can move a man; a journey into fear, into the abyss." (Saturday Review of Literature)

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.03
  • Pages: 244
  • Publish Date: August 1st 1996 by Syracuse University Press
  • Isbn10: 081560419X
  • Isbn13: 9780815604198

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It's one of the best novels about alcoholism I've read. Did he always have to drink it all up? Was he going to keep on forever and ever being trapped for a fool, by no one but himself? Never put off till tomorrow what you can drink today, that's me.

The most acute portrayal of alcoholism I have ever read.

Giorni perduti è il racconto dellinesorabile discesa agli inferi di Don Birman, scrittore in crisi, in cui albergano gli stati danimo che nutrono la disperazione: rimorso, rabbia, vergogna, disprezzo, timore di fallire Un uomo che inganna quelli che gli vogliono bene, che promette e non mantiene (non è capace di mantenere), che ruba, che arriva a dare in pegno la sua macchina da scrivere (il suo strumento di lavoro), perché lalcolista è disposto a fare qualsiasi cosa per ottenere lalcol di cui ha disperatamente bisogno.

Last year while reading Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream, I decided to look to see if the movie, Lost Weekend, was based on a book because of the alcohol use of Hemingway in his story. Alcoholics are usually portrayed as aggressive and abusive but like anything, drinkers vary just as people do, except the alcoholic can not just drink and stop, the only hope is to abstain. My mom married him when I was 10 and at that time he was successful but with his inability to stop drinking, he lost that position and became a janitor before his death. "Everyone, it seemed, had read his book and experienced an almost Seabrook-like shock of recognition, regarding Jackson (as one journalist put it) in the manner of a returned war heroof a man who had been through hellfire and emerged bloodshot but unbowed. "Jackson himself was doing just fine: a devoted family man (the married father of two daughters) and chairman of the Alcoholics Anonymous chapter in New Brunswick, New Jerseya man who now freely admitted that he was indeed Don Birnam, and hence his many hospitalizations for drug- and alcohol-related collapses in the twenty years since his famous first novel had been published. I have become so used to having people say We loved your movie instead of We read your book, said Jackson, that now I merely say Thanks." "For his part Jackson never stopped fighting against his later obscurity, and finally was even willing to sacrifice his hard-won sobriety in order to resume writing, which hed found all but impossible without the stimulus of drugs or alcohol. Since the publication of Charles Jacksons somber novel about an alcoholic, Life magazine had reported in 1946, an unprecedented amount of attention has been paid to the drinking of alcohol and the problems arising therefrom. I found this an extremely interesting read from the mind of an alcoholic and Jackson struggles, this is a kind of autobiography but how much is his reality or storyline. This is reality and there is a difference in the book and movie but not enough to the message given Wonderfully written story of self destruction and the inability to stop. ******Spoilers****** The movie ending was positive one after his struggles and the writing of a book.

The book chronicles five days and nights in the life of Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer whom we follow on his 'lost weekend' of binge drinking and frantic search for booze and money. The dissection of alcohol addiction and the main character's desperate predicament are still incredibly compelling more than seventy years after the novel's release.

Perhaps instead of being titled The Lost Weekend, this book should have been titled The Lost Cause. He is often despicable and self-serving despite his underlying sincerity, and the reader very seldom expects any change from him or finds himself sympathizing with him. The reader may not be able to sympathize, but he or she can certainly empathize.

Thats Don Birnhams brother Wick chastising Don one more time after the later has drunk his way through another weekend bender. Every weekend, it seems Don is living on and for alcohol. This is serious fiction that helps explain what makes an alcoholic do what he does. During much of the book Don explains the psyche of an alcoholic. I was amazed at how much alcohol hed drink.

My favorite line from the book: "Spinal tap, baby." I read the novel first, then saw the film.