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Read & Download Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Read & Download ¶ 104 Summary ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Elspeth Muir When we do Fewer young Australians are drinking heavily but the rates of alcohol abuse and associated problems from blackouts to sexual assaults and one punch killings are undiminishedIntimate and beautifully told Wasted illuminates the sorrows and the joys of drinkin. This is a story of family and drinking and death and drinking again It s a memoir of losing a brother and an exploration of drinking And I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this bookMaybe it s the similarities and the differences with my own life The author and her brothers are similar ages to myself and my sisters It s a Brisbane story so I can put images and feelings and experiences to the places But the differences are stark maybe starker so given the closeness of our ages and locationsThis memoir is only possible because of privilege an element the author touched on briefly The money to go out drinking skin colour which meant law enforcement looked the other way or matters were dealt with sympathetically living in an area where you could walk home completely drunk instead of trying to figure out how to get the last bus or train for the hour long trip home This story gets published because it happened to an inner city family with money not a working class family from the looked down on outskirts of townWhen you re the right kind of person the stories of alcohol influenced crime filthy living and nights where you can t remember what happened might come across as charming or amusing or a little sad but easy to chalk up to being young even when you re not that young Most of the time the conseuences are mild Unless things go horribly wrong like they did for the author s brother or the victims of violent attacks As the memoir parts of the book wind up there is a look a binge drinking alcoholism and drinking culture in Australia It s a look with lots of personal stories and few conclusions not dissimilar to the many feature articles written on the issues There s a few moments where I wanted a in depth exploration but it was kind of shrugged off and moved pastWhile the content was often frustrating the writing was both engaging and well done Is that enough to ualify it for the long list of a prestigious literary prize Or is it a story which resonates with people who sit in literary circles Do we need conversations about privilege when it comes to writing and publishing in Australia short answer yes

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Read & Download Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Read & Download ¶ 104 Summary ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Elspeth Muir In 2009 Elspeth Muir’s youngest brother Alexander finished his last university exam and went out with some mates on the town Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge He put his phone wallet T shirt and thongs on the walkway climbed over the railing and jumpe. One recent evening while walking home after dinner and drinks with some colleagues I came across a young man who was passed out facedown on a thin strip of grass beside a busy street in inner city Brisbane Removing my earphones I greeted him and asked if he needed help or if I could call him a taxi On waking from his slumber he slurred that he was fine and began making a call on his phone Satisfied he was semi coherent I bid him farewell and good luck By the time I had walked to the corner and looked back the young man was lying facedown once againI thought about him a lot while reading Elspeth Muir s Wasted a book whose pages are practically soaked in the boozy culture that defines the lives or at least the weekends of many young Australians What is it that compels us to consume so much alcohol This is the central uestion that energises Muir throughout her memoir which begins with the death of her younger brother Alexander in 2009Alexander liked to drink just like his sister One night in late 2009 just a few hours after completing his final university exam for the year he drank through the night even after his friends had gone home He had a habit of drinking to the point of blackout where the camera in his brain would stop recording memories and he would find himself waking up in strange places Once on the morning of his 20th birthday Alexander woke up on the bank of the Brisbane River beneath mangroves and a wooden walkway unsure of how he got thereOn that night in late 2009 Alexander Muir made his way to the Story Bridge a popular spot for suicides He took off his shirt and thongs and removed his phone and wallet from his pockets leaving them on the walkway Then he climbed the short barrier and fell 30m to his death aged 21 When his body was found a few days later his blood alcohol content reading was 0238 nearly five times the legal limit for driversThis is where his sister s book begins with this extraordinary sentence It was hot when Alexander was buried on one of those low Brisbane mornings in November when you might have scooped a fistful of blue from the sky if you d stretched an arm out There is an easy confidence to Muir s prose which above all exhibits a perceptive eye for detail where cliche is all but absent I loved vivid imagery such as thisWhen I am maudlin I imagine the long dirty licking river which coils like a snake on hot sand through the fatty suburbs along its waterline tasted my brother that morning but was thwarted before it could suck him right in It waited a year watching flicking its sunlit scales laying open the promise of soft depths on dark evenings then early one morning his curiosity drove him close again and it ate himWritten across several years Wasted uses Alexander s death as a narrative point on which to pivot a lens that zooms out to examine broader Australian youth culture as well as zooming in on the author herself to describe the many foibles and joys that have been experienced with the anesthetising effects of alcohol coursing through her bloodstreamDeeply personal and unflinchingly honest Muir s debut book is among the best long form explorations of how and why some Australians drink alcohol to excess High Sobriety by Melbourne via Scotland journalist Jill Stark was a superb entry into this canon when it was published in 2013 But Wasted is even involved than Stark s book because this author has been marinating in this culture since her birth Its chapters deal with sexual assault violence mental illness regulation and youth led social movements that seek to stem the tide of getting wasted just because it s what young Australians are expected to doIt is an imperfect work there is some needless repetition and a few of the shorter chapters feel underdeveloped and extraneous As an already slim title its impact could have been strengthened further by some judicious cutting But overall it is a striking work and among the strongest debut books I have read The final two paragraphs are breathtakingMuir s peers will read and respond to this work because she does not sanitise her words for instance page two describes her brother s soggy body fresh from the refrigerator pickled in embalming fluids alcohol and river water It takes time and distance to write of such a painful thing with such fearlessness Parents educators and policymakers must read this book for it is filled with insights into why we consume so much of a liuid that can make us so illReview originally published in The Weekend Australian Review July 2 2016

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Read & Download Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Read & Download ¶ 104 Summary ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Elspeth Muir D thirty metres into the Brisbane River belowThree days passed before police divers pulled his body out of the water When Alexander had drowned his blood alcohol reading was almost five times the legal limit for drivingWhy do some of us drink so much and what happens. Two things to get off my chest about Elspeth Muir s memoir Wasted 1 This is an extremely important book that examines the impact of alcohol on a family and in doing so highlights the fact that drinking to excess is normalised in Australian culture2 In my opinion this book was robbed it really should have made the 2017 Stella Prize shortlistIn 2009 Muir s 21 year old brother Alexander finished his last university exam celebrated with friends and then jumped 30 metres from the Story Bridge into the Brisbane River below His body was found three days later with a blood alcohol reading of 025 This tragic event provides a starting point for Muir to explore her grief her own drinking habits and Australia s drinking cultureThere s a practicality to Wasted A blend of memoir and journalism Muir shifts between her incredibly honest account of grieving for Alexander and the problem with a socially acceptable drug Of alcohol she writes It is a germ killer and a poison an unremarkable but integral addition to meals and a beverage reserved to mark special events able to enhance social occasions and destroy them best consumed in moderation but symbolic of excess The ability of a person to consume it regularly in great uantities is both the sign of a strong constitution and a symptom of illness Alcohol s effects are lauded in sports people politicians and other high profile members of society who are often forgiven for their indiscretions while under the influence but are considered problematic in minority groups young people and women who are blamed for mismanagement There s always a danger with memoirs that they will read as self indulgent or judgemental In describing the trauma that Muir and her family experienced Wasted could have gone in that direction But no Muir writes beautifully and openly and because her thoughts often buck convention remember we all grieve in our own way the result is startling Frangipani boughs from the tree outside my parents kitchen were wired into a messy funeral wreath Beneath the lid was my brother s soggy body fresh from the refrigerator pickled in embalming fluids alcohol and river water I laughed in shock and afterwards in my apartment I cried It was functional crying like turning on windscreen wipers or a sprinkler I wasn t sure if I was crying because I had to or because I was acting trying to emulate normal sadness The real power in Wasted comes from Muir s examination of her own relationship with alcohol Her candid direct tone and the uick jump from pouring a glass of wine after a long day at work to blackouts and drowning in the Brisbane River is chilling And that s what makes this book brutal her honesty about her own complicity in the culture that led to Alexander s death I was a greedy grasping drunk I did what I wanted and took what I wanted and in the aftermath I blamed it on alcohol And through all of this you can t help but thrill at Muir s beautifully written words When we got out of the car Mim hugged us the same way Mum and all six of her sisters hug as if they re koalas and you re a branch 455 This is an important book and I hope everyone reads it


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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir One recent evening while walking home after dinner and drinks with some colleagues I came across a young man who was passed out facedown on a thin strip of grass beside a busy street in inner city Brisbane Removing my earph

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir A compelling and compassionate read about the devastating impacts of alcohol abuse seen through the eyes of a young Australian woman whose younger brother died following a drunken exploitTo read my review in full please visit my blog

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir Summary ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Elspeth Muir Elspeth Muir ´ 4 characters ‘Wasted barrels headfirst into the alcohol soaked heart of Australia to report on our fraught love affair with drinking With this story which is as complex bittersweet and rich as youth itself Muir uses memoir and journalism for a sobering heartbreaking exploration of what alcohol gives to young people in Australia and what it robs us of’Liam Pieper ‘Intricately craftedAn intimate portrait of a grieving family and a nation

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir The book is a part memoir part investigation into the impact of alcohol in Australia It stemmed from the tragic death of the author's 21 year old brother and traces his and her alcoholic antics There is a bit about the comparison with the drinking habits in South America a bit about sexual assaults schoolies and the cowardly one punch killings There was little about domestic violence health issues caused by ex

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir This is a story of family and drinking and death and drinking again It's a memoir of losing a brother and an exploration of drinking And I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this bookMaybe it's the similarities and the differences w

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir Summary ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Elspeth Muir Read & Download Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir Elspeth Muir's 'Wasted' is a powerful and important exploration into the place of alcohol in Australia from our backyard barbecues and family celebrations to the nightclubbing and binge drinking lifestyle of people in their twenties to the annual beachside booze powered romp that is Schoolies on the Gold Coast Framed by th

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    (Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ✓ Elspeth Muir This book tells the story of Elspeth Muir's grief following her brother's death He died after jumping into the Brisbane River while incredibly intoxicatedThe main problem with this book is that it doesn't know what it wants to be The first section is excellent and contains some of the best writing about the searing pain of grief that I have ever read The author then gets a bit lost She say she wants to write about drinking culture in Austra

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  • Paperback
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  • Wasted AUTHOR Elspeth Muir
  • Elspeth Muir
  • English
  • 18 July 2019
  • 9781922182135