The Guinness Drinking Companion

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Take delicious sips from the literature of brews and spirits. Leslie Dunkling, under the imprimatur of the world's most famous brewer, gives a comprehensive introduction to the history and range of alcoholic beverages.

Dunkling amasses poems, bits of biography, and clips from novels that show numerous coincidences between alcohol and literature. Chapters include "Liquid Magnanimity-The Wines of the World," "Lifting the Spirits-The Spirits and ...

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Overview

Take delicious sips from the literature of brews and spirits. Leslie Dunkling, under the imprimatur of the world's most famous brewer, gives a comprehensive introduction to the history and range of alcoholic beverages.

Dunkling amasses poems, bits of biography, and clips from novels that show numerous coincidences between alcohol and literature. Chapters include "Liquid Magnanimity-The Wines of the World," "Lifting the Spirits-The Spirits and Liqueurs of the World," and "Something Brewing-Beers, Ales, and Stouts."

Peppered with quotations from literary figures, including Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Thomas Hardy, and William Shakespeare, The Guinness Drinking Companion is sure to please lovers of fine literature and poetry as well as imbibers. It is a fascinating and often amusing look at the literature and history of alcoholic beverages. (6 1/2 x 9 1/4, 240 pages, illustrations)

Leslie Dunkling has always been a moderate drinker, and has always been fascinated by the role drinking has played in literary history. He is the author of the best-selling Guinness Book of Names. He lives in England.

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Ray Olson
There's a chapter title herein that well might subtitle the whole book. It's "Literary Drinking," which is precisely what readers will do regardless of whether they actually imbibe while perusing. For either they'll be drinking while literarily engaged, or they'll be taking delicious sips from the literature of brews and spirits. Dunkling, under the imprimatur of the world's most famous brewer (whose brew has, during the last 10 years or so, at last come to rival in ubiquity its namesake record books, begun, so the story goes, to settle barroom bets), has wrapped the history of drinking alcoholic beverages and the processes of making beer, wine, and spirits around glorious gobbets from such masters of bibulous writing as Dickens and Steinbeck and Dickens and Shakespeare and Dickens and Hardy and Dickens and Dr. Johnson and Dickens and others and Dickens. What's more, the continuous texts of the chapters are frequently interrupted by sidebars full of pictures and historical tidbits and amusing little quizzes and statistics about various national consumptions of various liquors and more quotables about potables. Good to the last drop--er, page.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558213807
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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