A Night of Serious Drinking

A Night of Serious Drinking A Night of Serious Drinking is among Rene Daumal s most important literary works Like Daumal s Mount Analogue it is a classic work of symbolic fiction An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting dru

  • Title: A Night of Serious Drinking
  • Author: René Daumal
  • ISBN: 9780715632758
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Night of Serious Drinking is among Rene Daumal s most important literary works Like Daumal s Mount Analogue it is a classic work of symbolic fiction An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting drunk with a group of friends as the party becomes intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a journey that ranges from seeming paradises to the depths of pure hell.A Night of Serious Drinking is among Rene Daumal s most important literary works Like Daumal s Mount Analogue it is a classic work of symbolic fiction An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting drunk with a group of friends as the party becomes intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a journey that ranges from seeming paradises to the depths of pure hell The fantastic world depicted in A Night of Serious Drinking is actually the ordinary world turned upside down The characters are called the Anthographers, Fabricators of useless objects, Scienters, Nibblists, Clarificators, and other absurd titles Yet the inhabitants of these strange realms are only too familiar scientists dissecting an animal in their laboratory, a wise man surrounded by his devotees, politicians, poets expounding their rhetoric These characters perform hilarious antics and intellectual games, which they see as serious attempts to find meaning and freedom.
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    • Greg says:

      Proposition one. The World is Shit.It's true. The world is shit. It's also true that I'm lying. One there are many wonderful and great things in the world that make the world a pretty awesome place, I forget those things when I say something like Life is Shit. But, I'm also lying to myself in the other direction, the world / life is actually much much worse than I give it credit for. If I actually spent sometime thinking about how many awful / stupid / criminal things are carried out by people e [...]

    • Jimmy says:

      If this book were written by anybody else, it would probably be a two or three star book. It's a bit too plainly allegorical, its critiques of society were a bit too simplistic, and its concluding sentiment was a bit too tidy. But even with all these faults, it's the particularities of Daumal's humor, his fantastical inventions, his logical propositions that lead inevitably to a higher non-sense, his wordplay and wit, his sincere truth-seeking (always thirsting for transcendence), and his ultima [...]

    • Vit Babenco says:

      What is a better occupation: to drink, to talk or to think? René Daumal combines all three into a single continuous process. Drinking stimulates talking and talking stimulates thinking, or vice versa, or in any random order.“Sounds spread over surfaces, slide across polished floors, flow in gutters, pile up in corners, snap on ridges, fall like rain on mucous membranes, swarm on plexuses, flame up on body hair, and flutter on skin like warm air over summer fields,” – so much for talking [...]

    • Nate D says:

      A Swiftian satiric travelogue through a version of the contemporary world that only needed to be very slightly reconfigured to fit Rene Daumal's concerns and frustrations with it. As Jimmy observes eloquently, there's pointed allegorical directness that would be limiting were not Daumal's imagination and wit so up to the task of getting beyond it despite his earnestness. In particular, the insane bit at the end where the body and mind must recompose themselves out of the disorder of the prior ni [...]

    • Kyle Muntz says:

      Something like a combination of Dante, early Beckett, Flann O'Brien, and a Max Ernst painting with dialogue. Equal parts satire and a survey of knowledge and language. It loses a little momentum around page 50 (where things started to feel strung together and less able to compensate for the lack of characterization) but this is one of the most inventive things I've read. Plus, near the beginning, there really is some serious drinking that goes on.

    • Amy Rose says:

      I'm not really sure what it is I just read. I need to process this

    • lisa_emily says:

      There seems to be a few novels that have a plot that revolves around a certain intoxicating, para-reality. These novels have a whimsical, loopy tone that brings the reader on a puzzling journey. A couple books I have read fit into this category: Nights and Days by Alfred Jarry, and Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev. These are not books simply about a drunken narrator, but a foray into a strange imaginative reality. Daumal’s book reminds me if Dante’s Inferno met Alfred Jarry [...]

    • Shawn says:

      This thin novel is the first substantial thing I've read by Daumal. It won't be the last, as I have Mount Analogue coming up soon on the reading list. For those who know nothing about the book or the author, a word on what you're getting into with this work. The closest I can reduce A NIGHT OF SERIOUS DRINKING down to is that it's kind of like a Swiftian satire, with touches of Surrealism, in the mode of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. At times, as another commentator here opined, I was reminded of my yout [...]

    • Ronald Morton says:

      *somewhere between three and four stars, and I'm rounding up* I refuse to accept that a clear thought can ever be inexpressible. Appearances, however, are against me. For just as there is a level of pain at which the body ceases to feel because, should it become involved in its pain, should it groan but once, it would seemingly crumble and return to dust; and just as there is a peak at which pain takes to the air on its own wings---so there is a level of thought where words have no part to play. [...]

    • Rasheem Johnson says:

      How could a book this short be too long? A great beginning, and what starts as a great middle until you realize the middle will last for 90% of the novel. Still, I found the book to be hilarious throughout, even though there was only one joke repeated ad nauseam.

    • Andy says:

      Like the Phantom Tollbooth if it had been set in a whimsical world of recovering alcoholics and set off, not by a playful dog, but by the need to heavily drink. Despite its frame, it contains really depthy discussion on a range of existential issues. It's also whimsical, weird, and, at times, all-out hilarious

    • Carmen says:

      I was super into this book for the first quarter of it, when it was a bunch of drunk guys philosophizing with abundant acute points. But part 2 jumped the shark for me with the extended surreal sequence of observation that made me go crossed eyed and completely lose track of what I was reading. I was so happy it was a short book.

    • Larissa says:

      drunken rant transforms into social satire into spiritual parable. the drunken rant is kind of creaky -- just keep going till you get to the attic of the tavern which contains an entire country of savagely portrayed modern human types.

    • Az says:

      René Daumal'sA Night of Serious Drinkingis both a polemic attacking contemporary culture but also an ode to the necessity of unfettered escapism. The novel itself, equal parts hallucinatory and sardonic, attacks in turn everyone including artists, scientists and the ordinary person. The first part of the book centres around a drinking party. The attendees liquored up but naturally inquisitive hilariously discuss - but seem to get nowhere with - questions on language, truth and aesthetics. Is th [...]

    • Derek says:

      A wild, rambling, excessively critical allegory with little characterization and an entirely unsatisfying conclusion, Rene Daumal's A Night of Serious Drinking was still a rather enjoyable read, despite its weaknesses.The novel reads much like the liner notes of a mid-1960s Bob Dylan record, which is to say that it doesn't make a whole lot of logical sense, but still has plenty of interesting imagery and turns of phrase. Of course, a book needs more than just that, and the disjointed passages te [...]

    • Chris Linehan says:

      The book is divided into three parts and depending on your disposition you're going to like one of the three parts better than the others. Some here have criticized the "simplistic" or otherwise over generalization of the book, but there's a self awareness that undoes some of this criticism. What's more some of the simplistic elements remind me of one of my favorite authors - Voltaire. Daumal nearly matches the pace of Candide or Micromégas that few can. And like Voltaire, at points his satire [...]

    • Phinehas says:

      An allegory of the human condition written as a grotesque. Alternately lucid and hallucinatory, this book very nearly gave me a nervous breakdown, which I think very well might have been Daumal's intention, an attempt to shock the reader (and himself) into wakefulness."The mechanical repeater was brought in. In somber mood, I recalled my whole life up to this day, and my head spun with the buzzing of a hundred and one ouroboristic worms. I remembered the drinking parties that made us thirsty and [...]

    • William says:

      This was OKAAAAAAY. Definitely inventive and with great ending. I'm with stupid, I'm with ending (that is good). But it was pretty out there. It was very out there. My friends have Mount Analogue tattooed on their ribs, so this guy's obviously a genius. However, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone other than Dickens. And myself, who loved it. It's got sharp wit. however, it's missing a STORY! It's good for philosophy chicks and dudes. Good for a literary mind. A good job through the ol' cerebell [...]

    • K. says:

      cuckoo-clock"Patchouli-scented breezes. Glycerine dews which never evaporate on lawns of waxed paper which never fade.Angels inside filmy skeins inflated with hydrogen floated through the cataracts of limelight, their soft hands waving aeolian harps from which there emerged like snow the rustle of Viennese waltzes and jolly military songs - in a word something for everybody."

    • Mems Dù says:

      I'm a Mt. Analogue kinda guy

    • Steve Kemple says:

      Weird, hallucinatory, genius.

    • Alan says:

      1992 Notebook: begins great and is fascinating, French surrealism.

    • Rdt says:

      Ugh. This book is by turns incoherent and uninteresting. The allegory is irritating; the philosophy is grade school level. On one level the message is intended to be that life is incoherent and futile, but if that is how a writer feels, he should either not bother to write or find a way on at least a superficial level to refute his own conclusion by presenting the argument in a coherent and interesting way. It is hard to understand why so many reviews of this book are favorable. Perhaps the revi [...]

    • Stacey says:

      Wow. This was a fantastic, quick read. The first bit was especially brilliant. Then it got a bit weird and dense. Then weirder still. Then ridiculous. Then came back to just a little weird and dense. I got the feeling it would be extremely insightful, thought-provoking and wise, if only I could apply my mind to it completely, but alas, I came to it with brain already fried and distracted. I may have to read again, more slowly. Would definitely recommend to my snarky, savvy friends.

    • AK says:

      i am not ashamed to say that i decided to read this book simply because of the title's not all that much about drinking, though. kind of like descartes's meditations meets what i imagine gulliver's travels

    • gwayle says:

      This story moves from a rather hilarious tale of verbose drunkenness to a mildly amusing allegory of a society full of idiots parading around as artistic and scientific geniuses (which is supposed to sound familiar!), and then on to deliver a vague and flimsy message, which I don't even remember. If the book had gone on for much longer, I would have lost patience, but it's worth reading for the first part. And if you are in a spiteful mood about how horrible everything and everyone is, the secon [...]

    • Anna Prejanò says:

      "Io nego che un pensiero chiaro possa essere indicibile. () Se il linguaggio non esprime con precisione che un'intensità media del pensiero, è perché la media dell'umanità pensa con quel grado di intensità; è a quell'intensità che acconsente, è a quel grado di precisione che aderisce. Se non riusciamo a farci capire chiaramente, non è lo strumento che dobbiamo accusare". Daumal dà pirotecnica e paradossale dimostrazione della potenza delle parole e della debolezza del pensiero. E fa ve [...]

    • Sean Flynn says:

      Holy cow. This guy is a short little shot of life, and certainly warrants a second, and possibly third reading. While I appreciated the overall satirical feel of the story, it would take another read to distinguish social commentary from deliberate nonsense (as caused by 'drinking'). Also, there were times I found myself detecting sarcasm layered on top of itself three and four times. Certainly the most challenging book I've picked up in some time.

    • Tessa says:

      I chose this book purely based upon the title. And apparently both the title and the story leave much to be desired. I consider myself a very perceptive and humorous person and enjoy the use of metaphors a great deal, as I do use them a lot myself. The only part of this book that really made any sense to me was the page we were told to 'read before using'. The rest, in my opinion, could only be absorbed by someone after "a night of serious drinking". Goodness.

    • Phil says:

      This was an interesting read, and certainly not an easy one. The story is, at times, allegorical to a fault. It becomes difficult to follow and make sense of all of Daumal's metaphors about heaven and hell. At times, however, the story has moments of absolute lucidity. Other times, it becomes rather muddled. Over all, I'm glad I read it but I can't help thinking I didn't grasp everything he was trying to say.

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