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This book was written in the early 1900's, and it chronicles the trials and tribulations of an upper class Victorian couple's struggle with addiction to heroin and cocaine. The first part of the book 'Paradisio' is all about the bliss of a drug honeymoon. The second part, 'Inferno' details the bitter pang of withdrawl as the main characters' drug supply is cut off. The third part, 'Purgatorio', suggests a way to beat addiction through the development of the Will, and offers suggestions to those who are on the path to true mastery of the circumstances which surround them.
Reading this book has helped me immensely through many addictions, both chemical and romantic. It has shown me the stupidity of escapism in all its forms. While reading this book, I have often thought 'how stupid these characters are!' then I took a step back and realized that I myself have fallen victim to many of these same vices and bad cognitive habits.
Honestly, I wish I had read this volume a few years ago; it would have saved me from a lot of bad decisions.
So, if you struggle with addiction, and can tolerate the Dickens-esque language employed by those of the early 20th century, I would highly reccomend you read this novel. It may shed light upon your problems.
'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.'
-------------------- Deep in the heart of Central Texas
lurks a Doktor
Native Dallas brick-chopper...