Drunken Angel by Alan Kaufman

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Alan Kaufman recounts with unvarnished honesty the story of the alcoholism that took him to the brink of death, the PTSD that drove him to the edge of madness, and the love that brought him back. Son of a French Holocaust survivor, Kaufman was a drinker so mauled by his indulgences that it is a marvel that he hung on long enough to get into recovery. With his estranged daughter as inspiration, Kaufman cleaned himself up at age 40, taking full responsibility for nearly destroying himself, his work, and so many loved ones along the way. Kaufman minces no words as he looks back on a life pickled in self-pity, self-loathing, and guilt. Reading Drunken Angel is like watching an accident to see if any of the victims crawl away barely alive. Kaufman did, and here he delivers a lacerating, cautionary tale of a life wasted and reclaimed.

About Alan Kaufman

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Alan Kaufman's novelMatcheswas published by Little, Brown and Company in the Fall of 2005. David Mamet has calledMatches"an extraordinary war novel," and Dave Eggers has written that "there is more passion here then you see in twenty other books combined." Kaufman's critically-acclaimed memoir,Jew Boy(Fromm/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), has appeared in three editions, hardcover and paperback, in the United States and Great Britain. He is the award-winning editor of several anthologies, the most recent of which,The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, was recently reviewed on the cover of theNew York TimesBook Review. There are two more volumes in Kaufman's Outlaw anthology series:The Outlaw Bible of American PoetryandThe Outlaw Bible of American Essays.He has taught in the graduate and undergraduate schools of the Academy of Art University and in writing workshops in San Francisco. His work has appeared in Salon,The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Partisan ReviewandThe San Francisco Examiner. Kaufman has been widely anthologized, most recently inNothing Makes You Free: Writings From Descendents of Holocaust Survivors(WW Norton). Kaufman is a member of PEN American Center. Kaufman's papers and manuscripts are on deposit in the Special Collections Library of the University of Delaware and he is profiled in the Europa Biographical Reference Series.
Published November 1, 2011 by Viva Editions. 466 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The author’s intention to stake his territory among the literary elite is clear, but such efforts can feel name-droppy at times (an anecdote about desperately seeking Isaac Bashevis Singer at his Upper West Side apartment is interesting, but a listing of Kaufman’s Columbia classmates is not).

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After throwing away an opportunity for a football scholarship, Kaufman studied American literature and Jewish studies at the City College of New York, but his drinking hinders any attempt at serious writing or forming stable, healthy relationships.

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Portland Book Review

While I thought the book was well written it got to a point where I got really tired of his writing style.

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Alan Kaufman lived through hell—decades of alcoholism, brutality, and loss—to ascend to heaven on earth, enjoying the life, daughter, and literary nobility he nearly obliterated.

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