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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (12 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481812912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481812917
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,808,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicklaus Suino is a writer, martial arts expert, attorney and business consultant who specializes in the mastery process. He's authored four books on the Japanese martial arts and co-authored a humorous look at motivation entitled 101 IDEAS TO KICK YOUR ASS INTO GEAR.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enduring Principles 2 Mar 2013
By John Klassen - Published on
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Suino nails his colours to the mast early in the book, contrasting the "materialistic, childish, Twenty-First Century American lifestyle" and its "digitally-fixated world", with a time when reputations and respect were built over years, rather than being measured by the size of houses, numbers of cars, width of TV screens and glamour of summer homes and holidays. Thomas Russell Aldridge, aged 67 represents the former; Bob Santoni a brash and boisterous salesman in his early 30s represents the latter; the drinking game, more a drinking contest held sporadically over months in different drinking establishments, becomes a metaphor for different approaches to life and family and friends.

Aldridge, "supported a serious approach to certain activities in life, and among these were drinking, fishing and shooting pool"; all three figure importantly in the novel as activities that define Aldridge and which, even the drinking, require patience and skill and abilities developed over time. The novel unfolds in the smaller towns, lakes, taverns and bars, and roads of Michigan where life is less frantic and the measure of a man is taken by who he is and how he keeps, or doesn't keep, his own counsel, not by what he does or what he owns.

The story is told in the first person by a young, aspiring writer who knows Aldridge and shares his love for, in particular, fishing; the novel depicts the pleasures to be had in the quiet and the contest and the intelligence of fishing. Our narrator follows and writes-up the story of the contest for a series of articles for newspapers. His respect and caring for the `old man' grows as he realizes that Aldridge's inability to adjust to the modern world is not a failure, but a natural outgrowth of his expectations of life and individual responsibilities.

In the end, Aldridge dies as he lived: on his own terms and his own timing, with the sense of "honor" that Suino evokes. This is a novel that explores principles that define and measure `success' and `profile' against standards that now seem old-fashioned in, "a nation of people who will sacrifice every dignity to win fame or a few dollars." Principles such as quiet pride in work and craftmanship, fair dealing with strangers, loyalty to friends and partners, respect for others, doing the best that one can in whatever endeavour, respect for the fauna and flora of nature, facing the challenges of life without complaint or self-pity, the simple pleasures of shared experiences and real comradeship, a slower, less outwardly-focused approach to life---principles that retain meaning because they will always define the individual under the distracting tinsel and glitter of modern life.
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Good writing, good story, 2 thumbs up. 2 April 2013
By Michael Brown - Published on
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I like the way the author writes. He does not use over the top, drag on sentences to describe things... thats good! The story is about an older man and younger man engaged in a drinking contest throughout the state of Michigan with references to bars/saloons dating back to the 80s. There are fishing stories and other activities throughout the book that bring personality to the characters and make you like them. Good book, good story... I recommend it.
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A must read! 23 Sep 2014
By Carol Himelhoch - Published on
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I never expected a story of a drinking game spur introspection about life, honor, and a meaningful intergenerational friendship. Suino shares his reflections as a participant-observer of a contest set throughout bars and fishing spots in Michigan. Suino is a skilled story-teller, who invites the reader to experience how deep connections and self-understanding can slowly unfold unexpectedly from seemingly superficial encounters.
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Delivers the goods 16 April 2013
By Meesh le Nain - Published on
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This book is about drinking, fishing, and how we relate to the people and circumstances around us. It's a pleasure to read, and I felt the author left me wanting more in the way of lively fishing stories and dialogue. I highly recommend The Drinking Game, and look forward to more novels from Mr. Suino!
Odd and interesting slice 24 Mar 2013
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The writers voice in this work is interesting - a cross between journalism and memoir. The depiction of the saloon scene of rural Michigan seems spot on - albeit a tad monotonous. The regularity of the drinking and verbal sparring created a substitute for religion -- or self examination for that matter. A contribution to the canon of drinking books like those of J.P. Dunleavy and John Fante.
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