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Note Found in a Bottle

Cheever, Susan

Verlag: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1999
ISBN 10: 0684804328 / ISBN 13: 9780684804323
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Titel: Note Found in a Bottle

Verlag: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included


0684804328 Fine in fine dust jacket. 3rd printing. Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BING89613222

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Inhaltsangabe: Born into a world ruled by the cocktail hour, in which the solution to any problem could be found in a dry martini, Susan Cheever's existence was both charmed and damned. She and her father, the celebrated novelist and short-story writer John Cheever, were both deeply touched and troubled by alcohol.

For the first time addressing the profound effects that alcohol had on her life, in shaping her relationships with men, and in influencing her efforts as a writer, Susan Cheever has written a memoir that is shockingly revealing. She tells of her childhood obsession with the niceties of cocktails and all that they implied -- sociability, sophistication, status; her college days spent drinking beer and cheap wine; and her three failed marriages. It is a compelling story that brings her perilously close to the edge of oblivion. Sober now for several years, Susan looks back on her life with clear-eyed candor in a book about recovery that is wrenching and ultimately inspiring.

Rezension: "My grandmother Cheever taught me how to embroider, how to say the Lord's Prayer, and how to make a perfect dry martini."

Alcoholism seems to have been a family tradition among the Cheevers. The posthumous publication of pater John Cheever's journals revealed both his fondness for the bottle and his bisexuality; daughter Susan has gone her father one better, publishing a memoir of promiscuity and drunkenness while still alive. In Note in a Bottle, she leaves little to the imagination as she chronicles her career, her many sexual escapades and, of course, her drinking. A typical passage goes something like this:

Warren knows San Francisco so well it's like being in his own house to be there with him. He took me to a bar with wooden booths. We ate delicious chowder and drank white wine. He drank vodka and grapefruit; it was lunchtime but I could see he had just gotten up. I wondered who he had been in bed with. I drank more white wine.... "I still love you," he said, and he kissed me. I was late for dinner with Calvin.
The early sections of Cheever's memoir, in which she describes the culture of drinking in the '50s and '60s, are quite interesting; the problem is (to rewrite Tolstoy), all unhappy drunks are the same. Once Cheever shifts her focus to her own personal catalog of cocktails and dysfunctional affairs, she becomes interchangeable with any number of other alcoholics who have trod that slippery slope before her. And as the details of her various messy marriages or affairs (or both) with Robert, with Calvin, with Warren, et. al pile up, one finds oneself wishing for a little less history and a little more mystery. Still, Note in a Bottle contains some astute observation delivered in Susan Cheever's appealingly ironic prose style and some interesting insights into the rarified world of the literati that she inhabits. --Margaret Prior

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