In , William Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. William Buehler Seabrook (February 22, – September 20, ) was an American Lost The book, Asylum, became another best-seller. In the preface, he. He doesn’t explain anything about the author, William Seabrook, besides his Asylum (An Alcoholic Takes the Cure)—the very true story of the.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want seeabrook Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Asylum by William B. Asylum by William B. InWilliam Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world.
He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. So he checked himself into an insane asylum. There, from the perspective of a travel writer, he described his own journey through this strange and foreign place. Hardcoverpages. United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Asylumplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jun 22, Ryan Holiday rated it really liked it. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Crack Up, he mentions in passing the memoir of a man who had himself committed to an institution. Both he and Fitzgerald had cracked under the same pressure, or so Fitzgerald thought. The man was William Seabrook, a world-famous travel writer from the Lost Generation and the book was Asylum.
InSeabrook knew he was slowly drinking himself to death and entered an insane asylum. There, from the perspective of a travel writer, he described his own journey thr In F. Today, you can’t read a page in the book without seeing him bump, unknowingly, into the basic principles of step groups.
On a regular basis, he says things so clear, so self-aware that you’re stunned an addict could have written it – shocked that this book isn’t a classic American text. I read three of Seabrook’s books back to back so I’m unable to say where one stopped and another began. But you find that the deep, ceaseless fear that drove him to drink was that he’d die a mediocre writer, barely remembered.
Ultimately, this is what happened. It was this fear and anxiety that drove Seabrook around the world.
It’s awful, really, because aside from the occasional strange phrase, there isn’t a word in his books that couldn’t have been just as easily written today. He went to Africa while Thompson barely made it to Vegas. Yet all his books are out of print and hard to find.
Two of my copies are first editions from and What you’ll notice, in these books, is how he’s always asking why and what for? Way too many memoirs are hampered by their own narcissism but Seabrook is honest and self-critical. Asylum is maybe the best book on addiction I’ve ever read and it breaks your heart, knowing that just a few decades later someone would have been able to eeabrook him.
Read it first and then try No Silliam Place: If you’re skeptical, find the willim review from Time Magazine in that talks about his lifelong fetish for women in chains. I also read Jungle Ways which was a good seabroook to the trilogy. You may have a hard time finding them but try to pick them up from Amazon or a college library because they are awesome. It’s nice to have books in your library that few people have even heard of.
Jun 20, Aidan Reid rated it liked it. Some little gems in this book. Oct 11, Susan Angela Wallace rated it liked it. Asylum By William Seabrook is a self-help wioliam non-fiction read.
William Azylum, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for tre Asylum By William Seabrook is a self-help and non-fiction read. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for treatment of acute alcoholism.
Willism sincere, self-critical appraisal of his experiences offers a highly interesting look at addiction and treatment in the days before Alcoholics Anonymous and other modern programs.
A very good read. Although a bit slow I still managed to read it. Thanks to netgalley for the arc. Jan 20, Dad rated it it was amazing.
Physical restraint straitjackets and the like had been abandoned. Shock therapies, lobotomies and neurotoxic pharmaceuticals had yet to be introduced. I am not using costly as a weasel-word or metaphor. I do not mean that it was costly in terms of gouged eyes or broken bones.
I mean that this modern system is obviously more expensive to the institution in terms of actual money. It requires more and better attendants. Remarkably contemporary for a book written 75 years ago. Given Seabrook’s life and death I fail to understand why he is out of print and forgotten and yet his near contemporary in time and certainly in lifestyle and manner of death Hemingway is so lionised. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.
A valuable snapshot from a different time This book gives a view into the mind of one troubled by mental illness and dependence. It also gives a comparative to where society and psychiatry have arrived in the last years. Heartwrenching and humorous insight into the mind of an addict. Written nearly a century ago, this diary-of-sorts gives the rest of us more than a peek at crazy inside an institution of old, and in the meantime, we may recognize slivers of ourselves through the author’s candid self-reflections.
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Asjlum 21, Sam Klemens rated it it was amazing. Well I enjoyed it. It was a good picture. Combine this with Cuckoo’s Nest and it almost feels seabroo you can have an idea what it would be like to be in one of these places at the time. Sep 09, David rated it it was ok Shelves: For those that want to get a glimpse of how the world treated Alcoholism before AA then Seabrook’s biography is a great starting place. Seabrook tells of his treatment while in an Asylum.
The book itself is in need of a good editor as he tends to chase rabbits; however, the tale itself is still haunting and powerful.
Perhaps the saddest part is Seabrook has glimpses of some of AA’s For those that want to get a glimpse of how the world treated Alcoholism before AA then Seabrook’s biography is a great starting place. Perhaps the saddest part is Seabrook has glimpses of some of AA’s basic wisdom and yet it is just beyond his grasp or the doctors and system of the Asylum discount it and thus lead him right back into his troubles. Example of powerlessness – “I had known I was “lost” and wanted to be “saved.
I had been willing to “abase” myself, to relinquish myself, my life, my will, my body into hands stronger than my own. I was through, and I knew it. He felt there was some hidden cowardice in it and afraid to face life.
Seabropk was afraid that what had driven me to drink was the fear that I could never write well enough for it to make any difference whether I wrote at zsylum or not I wanted to scream at the psych doctor. Sadly, they told Seabrook he could go back to drinking safely, which he did not do, and thus 10 years later OD in before his writing could achieve the fame it deserved.
Feb 15, Steve rated it liked it Shelves: A sense of well being is a sense of well being even if toxically induced — William Seabrook, Asylum. May 31, Erica rated it it was amazing.
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This book was amazing. Not in that it was thrilling or horrifying or anything I thought it would be when I willoam it up But it was insightful, appreciative, deep, profound! I wouldn’t say that Seabrook is an amazing writer, but he has this ability to empathize not only with others but his own troubled self.
His struggles are so human, and very prevalent still to this day. I think it might have been very hard in his time to admit you had an addiction and to try and find a way to fix it when ad This book was amazing.
I think it might have been very hard in his time to admit you had an addiction and to try and find a way to fix it when addiction really had no treatment.
I don’t think this book set up the 12 step premises as some suggested, I think it shows one persons journey to understand himself and save his life. I’ve copied so many quotes as I read because I identified with him quite often Maybe it’s that weird Pisces thing. What got me to the core was that he was afraid of life. I feel you Mr.