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5.0 out of 5 stars An Infatuation With The Queen of Alcohol, 16 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The Drinker (Paperback)
I first read Hans Fallada's 'The Drinker' eight years ago and my second reading of it confirms all its macabre power to haunt its readers. Written in just two weeks in a German lunatic asylum in 1944, this hypnotic, compelling story of a respectable businessman's alcohol-induced descent into squalour and psychic collapse will sober its merriest reader. Based on events in Fallada's own life, the novel takes us into the progressively warped worldview of one Erwin Sommer - well off, middle class, insecure; a man who will soon discover all the charm and malignant power of a flight into self-destructice alcoholism. Estrangement, Paranoia and Victimisation are Sommer's travelling companions on this journey with only the passing comfort of the bottle for solace. Despite 'The Drinker' lacking any reference to the events of Germany,1944, the reader may soon find himself wondering to what extent Erwin Sommer's experiences are analogous to the descent of Germany in the years of the Hitler period. 'The Drinker' is not for those seeking a comforting or moral conclusion. For the reader who is fascinated by the extremes of human psychology and experience, this book book will stay etched in your mind.
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2010 13:20:08 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear JL

Having recently read 'Alone In Berlin' (an astonishing book!)
I think 'The Drinker' is going to have to be the next Fallada
novel on my reading list. Your lucid review was very helpful.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 13 Feb 2014 12:03:59 GMT
Outstanding review and agree completely
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