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The Joy Of Drinking
The Joy Of Drinking
 
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Author : Barbara Holland
Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
ISBN# : 9781596913370
Price :INR 199
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With characteristic elegance and delicious wit, Barbara Holland, ("a national treasure,"—Philadelphia Inquirer) celebrates the age-old act of drinking in this gimlet-eyed survey of mans relationship with booze, since the joyful discovery, ten thousand years ago, of fermented fruits and grains. In this spirited paean to alcohol, two parts cultural history, one part personal meditation, Holland takes readers on a bacchanalian romp through the Fertile Crescent, the Mermaid Tavern, Plymouth Rock, and Capitol Hill and reveals, as Faulkner famously once said, how civilization indeed begins with fermentation. Filled with tasty tidbits about distillers, bootleggers, taverns, hangovers, and Alcoholics Anonymous, The Joy of Drinking is a fascinating portrait of the world of pleasures fermented and distilled.

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And as you might guess, Holland, who has written a dozen or so previous books, has done impressive research on a subject dear to some of us - writers who drink. Mentioned are Johnson and Boswell, John Donne (!), Byron, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, Eugene ONeill, Edmund Wilson, Thomas Wolfe, Hart Crane, Malcolm Lowry, Robert Lowell, John OHara, Kingsley Amis. And, of course, Dylan Thomas, who once defined an alcoholic as "someone you dont like who drinks as much as you do."Holland has a light, winsome touch and is always funny. Here she is on Winston Churchill making a martini: he "poured the gin into a pitcher and then nodded ritually at the bottle of vermouth across the room."

 

 
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