On Booze is a collection of random thoughts, essays, and letters written by F. Scott Fitzgerald – only parts of which are focused around drinking and alcohol despite the way the title and synopsis make it sound.
I’m not much of a drinker. I don’t go to bars, clubs, etc. and I usually only drink in the comfort and safety of my own home, except for the very rare occasion. I haven’t even had my “debut,” as Fitzgerald calls it in this collection (“Debut: the first time a young girl is seen drunk in public.”)! So why did I pick up this book? Out of curiosity. And the fact that I know some people who would more than likely appreciate hearing about it, if not reading it for themselves. With that said, I enjoyed reading this collection, but was surprised it didn’t have as many drinking stories given it was hailed as being a collection of Fitzgerald’s best drinking stories on the back cover.
On Booze is divided into six parts. The first part is called Selections from the Notebooks and features various things Fitzgerald noted and jotted down. A lot of them had me laughing, but some of them didn’t make complete sense to me, and I think that’s because they needed more context. The thing to remember is that these were taken from Fitzgerald’s notebooks after his death, so this is more of a complaint towards the people who compiled it and not Fitzgerald’s actual writing. His definition of a ‘debut’ that I mentioned above is an example of what you can find in this section.
You can read the rest of my review on my blog: http://readerlymusings.com/2013/10/12/book-review-on-booze-by-f-scott-fitzgerald/