|Plot Summary of Those Drinking Days|
|"This Canadian memoir is subtitled "Myself and Other Writers." Though quite a few books have been written about talented writers and drink, this is the most personal. In the first half, Newlove turns a pitiless eye on himself, his alcoholic adventures, and the pain he caused and experienced. The stories are hair-raising as well as chillingly funny at times. The second half is devoted to alcoholic portraits of fellow authors: Lowry, Hemingway, Kerouac, Lardner, Marquand, Faulkner, Beckett. The information is available elsewhere, of course, but not in this (if you'll pardon the expression) distilled form, and not with Newlove's harsh, cool, but knowing judgments of these great men's failings. An odd but memorable piece of work."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Those Drinking Days|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
The Americas (not US):
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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