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 unDon 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
The Lost Weekend 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 pro
Fantastic novel. The most acute portrayal of alcoholism I have ever read. Joins my alcoholic canon alongside John Barleycorn by Jack London, Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys and Factotum by Charles Bukowski. This book feels like a descendent of Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky and Hunger by Knut Hamsun in its intense portrayal of a pathological personality you can partially identify with (or maybe that's just me). I don't know why it isn't more celebrated.
Βαθμολογία: 9/10Φοβερό βιβλίο! Από τις πρώτες κιόλας σελίδες κατάλαβα ότι θα είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα που θα με εντυπωσιάσει με την γραφή και την ατμόσφαιρα, αλλά και ότι θα με συγκλονίσει με την δύναμη της αφήγησης και την εξαιρετικά ρεαλιστική αποτύπωση ενός ξεγυρισμένου και [...]
Perhaps instead of being titled The Lost Weekend, this book should have been titled The Lost Cause. If you're looking for a tale of someone falling into the depths of alcoholism and them coming out a changed and better person, look elsewhere, because here you will only find a tale of someone falling into the depths of alcoholism. Here there is no fulfilled redemption.So, why read the book?Don Birnam, the protagonist, though he displays a great deal of intelligence and self-awareness, very seldom [...]
My favorite line from the book: "Spinal tap, baby."I read the novel first, then saw the film. Both are excellent, but very different. Novel: super gay (sex in the church sheds with boyhood friend Melvin; getting kicked out of his fraternity for his big crush on a senior boy; the fiance who will NEVER become his wife; lots of closets, filled with booze, of course; a dream in which he is saved from a homophobic lynching by his brother). Film: super hetero (Don kisses two girls [what?!] and even th [...]
This novel has been on my TBR-list for a long time and I'm glad I've finally managed to read it.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. Things quickly spiral out of control for Don and the number of chaotic incidents and dramatic events grows page after page in a relentlessly dramatic crescendo. What I've found very compelling in the novel was Don's narra [...]
Tekrar gün yüzü gördüğü için sevindiğimiz, unutulmuş klasiklerden.
Billy Wider'ın aynı isimle sinemaya uyarladığı kitap "Kayıp Hafta Sonu" okudum,bitti. Açıkçası başta beklentimi karşılamayacak gibi düşünsem de kitabın bitmesiyle haksızlık yaptığıma karar verdim. Alkolizm batağına saplanmış karakterimizin,evde yalnız kaldığı bir haftasonu, geçmiş anıları, şimdiki zamandaki gerçeklikleri(korku, üzüntü, kızgınlık, bağımlılık vb. şeyler) ve gerçekleşmesi mümkün olmayan hayalleri arasında dönüp duran ruh halini [...]
I couldn't stop reading this. I was even drunk for a few of the readings. Then I looked up Charles Jackson's life and thought a lot of this might have been semi-autobiographical. That sort of bummed me out.I have a feeling you'll know if this type of book is for you; it's the type informed by Hamsun's Hunger; and could be lazily categorised with Celine or Bukowsi, The Drinker by Fallada or maybe Junky by Burroughs. Like a lot of these books, what plot there is can be summed up in a sentence: Don [...]
"Η απάντηση δεν ήταν πουθενά, το ποτό ήταν παντού!". Οι κύκλοι της Κόλασης τελικά δεν είναι εννέα, όπως τους περιέγραψε ο Δάντης - είναι μόνο ένας, ο οποίος επαναλαμβάνεται αέναα. Όποιος εισέλθει σε αυτόν, δεν θα μπορέσει ποτέ να ξεφύγει και αυτό ακριβώς περιγράφει ο Τζάκσον στ [...]
An interesting and reflective book about intense drinking. Neither a cautionary or a book to scare you away. I suspect most who have read this book has either a drinking problem themselves or know someone who is deeply infected by the demon alcohol. It is a good "Manhattan" novel, where it focuses on one, of many people in that New York City state-of-mind. There are many painful moments while reading this book, but on the other hand I enjoyed getting into the lead character's head-space. A horro [...]
In an age where scads of celebrities routinely confess their darkest secrets, and some even become celebrities precisely by doing so, the idea of a fictionalized account of a five-day alcohol binge seems almost tame. But when Charles Jackson's "The Lost Weekend" was released in the mid-1940s, it was groundbreaking stuff. The ink was barely dry on the first copies shipped when it was adapted for the screen and became an Oscar-winning film. Since that time, it has largely been forgotten, as has it [...]
Appropriately, I read the bulk of this book last weekend when I was snowed in, which was in a sense my own lost weekend. The Lost Weekend goes right up there with the best of the novels on addicts and neurotics I've read (Hunger, Man With the Golden Arm, Confessions of Zeno), and it even has a little homosexual guilt thrown in to juice it up.It is very clear from the prose that alcoholism was a subject the author cared about, that he was close to, perhaps too close. The words read the mind of th [...]
Τι πιο πρόσφορο για να εξαγριώσουμε έναν άνθρωπο άρρωστο από χαρά , από το να θελήσουμε να τον θεραπεύσουμε;
'Suppose a bottle should materialize before him full and unopened.' A classic literary trope, twisted upon the sole obsession of the writer. This is the kind of book we are dealing with here in 'The Lost Weekend.' Charles Jackson channels his alcoholic, autobiographical self into the character of Don Birnam, a writer with his Great Novel bursting from his creative pores but forever enslaved to the brutal booze. Whiskey is his undoing, and to escape it he plans on a family weekend in upstate New [...]
Jackson must have gone through all kinds of hell writing this with his endless whys always leading to the same mirage, his “self-quest in a blind alley.” Nightmarish, true, often overwhelming. Took me 10 days to read this short book—was that all?
"Je dronk en je ging eraan dood. Waarom? Omdat alcohol iets was wat je niet kon beheersen, het kreeg je eronder. Waarom? Omdat je het punt had bereikt waar één glas te veel was en honderd niet genoeg" Wat een boek
Borrowed from Texas A&M University-Commerce Library. I got interested in this book after I checked out the movie from a library. It is a very good movie, except it has a happy-sappy Hollywood ending, which is nothing like the end of the book. A better movie about alcoholism is Days of Wine and Roses, but I digress. This book is written in a very stream-of-consciousness style, which alters according to the sobriety level of the protagonist. It's a great insight into the mind of a raging alcoh [...]
Just a short write-up of this one, because it doesn't take much more than: wow. I suppose "addiction literature" is a sub-genre of sorts, but it seems like heroin rules the roost. From the 1930s, this book is an unflinching first-person tale of, as the title says, Don Birnam's long weekend. Instead of going out of town with his younger brother, he sneaks off and proceeds to make his way unsteadily through a 4-day weekend, demonstrating all the while his amazing skills at rationalizing. What make [...]
The Lost Weekend is an alcohol fueled Odyssey, complete with a faithful Penelope, around 1936 New York City and into the past of the protagonist, Don Birnam. Each of the six chapters documents one day in an increasingly nightmarish bender. In the edition I read, published by Time, Inc each chapter begins on a right hand (odd numbered) page; the left hand facing page is printed in solid black. I found this a great graphic representation of the void which is Birnam’s state of mind at the beginni [...]
It's incredibly self indulgent. I kinda hate it but feel compelled. The prose is poked high with a pseudo "beat" self aware euphoria. I am reading it though as arrival work of propaganda. It won't please me on the end. It ain't supposed to. Now. I quit. It's really not good. Droning on and on about a narcissus. No wonder it worked as AA PROPAGANA.
I really loved this book. It's a classic about an alcoholic on a 5 day bender written in the 40's. It's really interesting because he's so introspective. Not really for everyone, but well written and good.
The best book on alcoholism you'll ever read. It makes Leaving Las Vegas look like a children's book. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
I loved this book - so well o bserved
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Frighteningly realistic. If you are an alcoholic, or even close to being one, don't read this alone.
Genre: HorrorEverything in moderation, as the saying goes. Unfortunately, if people aren't careful and partake in substance abuse at a prodigious rate an obsessive need to alter one's consciousness can occur so fast it'll make your head spin. The worst is when you kick, say, a decade-long habit for a week (maybe a month) and decide that, sure, you can dabble again briefly because you're "stronger" and "got a grip" on itbsequent breaking of addictions become a LIVING NIGHTMARE. This is the predic [...]
The Lost Weekend, a 1944 novel by Charles Jackson, is a powerfully rendered and therefore sickening account of a binge conducted by 33-year-old Don Birnham, a sometimes writer who is rendered with acute understanding of alcoholism's ghastly and degrading effects.Birnham is portrayed as a romantic and literate child with a vivid imagination whose father left his family as a boy and who was humiliated by a homosexual crush on a college classmate as a young man. Afterward he also suffered from tube [...]
Easily the most depressing book I've ever read. I've read SADDER books, I guess, but not one that made me feel as awful as this. Weird that I'd give it 5 stars, I guess.The Lost Weekend is a lost classic, just right before but still kind of belonging to the Beat Generation (the writer died in the Chelsea Hotel, pretty standard). It follows four days of an alcoholic going on a bender after (I think) three days sober, interspersed with him remembering the past and episodes of him imagining a diffe [...]
A New Yorker piece entitled "The Book That Will Make You Want to Never Drunk Again", or something like that, drew my attention to The Lost Weekend. Clickbait aside, this book is a fascinating deep dive into what Poe called the Imp of the Perverse, that irresistible impulse we feel occasionally to act completely counter to our interests. This impulse is not exclusive to alcoholics but may, perhaps, reach its clearest expression in the diseased logic which compels man to drink. The man at the cent [...]
The Lost Weekend by Charles JacksonIn this edition the work is 221 pages split across 6 well structured chapters, focusing on a single character over a short period, ‘Long Weekend’, and his battle with alcoholism. The work was later turned into a film which appeared in 1945.I believe the great strength of this work is the micro focus on the detail of the alcoholic, not doubt the author was able to draw on his own experiences being a sufferer himself.The language of the work is easily underst [...]