National Post: From recovery to relapse, how divine intervention failed the troubled genius of John Berryman

"As Saul Bellow writes in the foreword, 'The cycle of resolution, reform and relapse had become a bad joke which could not continue.' "

Recovery (John Berryman)In Recovery, Berryman presents his agony through a fictional alter ego, Dr. Alan Severance, a biologist with a great reputation. Severance admits he must avoid alcohol but can’t do without its reassurance, which usually ends up being a quart of bourbon a day. In depression, he discusses suicide. A reader wishes that somehow the right people could be found to lead him toward recovery.

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Published in: National Post
By: Robert Fulford