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Olivia Laing's widely acclaimed account of why some of the best literature has been created by writers in the grip of alcoholism

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. 

All six of these men were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafes of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973. 

Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams' New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

©2019 Olivia Laing (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Narration!!!!!! Great story about 20 Century make writer who suffer with alcoholism. If you like this topic and want more

If you love Williams, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, writers etc. and want to gain more insight into them and their struggles. Her voice is soothing, with a peaceful English accent, reading with great interest. WHY DO SO MANY AUDIO BOOKS have NARRATORS , that 100 PERCENT COMPLETELY DESTROY MAGNIFICENT LITERATURE, so much so you cannot listen for more than a minute or LESS?!!!!!!!!
I do not understand this!!!!!
Is it done on purpose? It certainly seems so.
About 10 percent have excellent narrative skills.
I wonder if anyone else feels this way?

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  • 07-01-19

Auto-tune????

Fab book as one would expect from this author - but the narration?! What's going on? Sounds like it has been digitally 'processed' in some way. If it hasn't - the narrator should get a job in artificial intelligence.

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