Book Reviews of John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics)

John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics)
John Barleycorn - Modern Library Classics
Author: Jack London
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ISBN-13: 9780375757921
ISBN-10: 0375757929
Publication Date: 9/11/2001
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Modern Library
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed John Barleycorn (Modern Library Classics) on + 373 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Surprisingly readable autobiographical account of London's battle with alcoholism. This also reads as an adventure story, as he goes into his time aboard an Alaskan fishing vessel and other non-traditional jobs. Self-reflective and sad, without being too maudlin. Enjoyable.
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Great book. Growing up in Oakland, it is interesting to read London's reflection of the city and surrounding area at the turn of the century. Any Jack London fans out there, Heinholds First and Last Chance is still standing in Oakland and is rich in history. It still has the table that this book and others were penned at. Check out this book and that old tavern!
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London justifying his booze. Quite insightful book even if not one of his classics.
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Jack London's "John Barleycorn" is not your average memoir of alcoholism. It gives the reader an incredibly colored, dramatic, detailed description of both working-class alcoholism and writers' alcoholism between 1900-1910. London boasts of having overcome his taste for liquor. Unfortunately, he did that by replacing it with morphine - available freely (without prescription) at the time. This is a fascinating book.