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Wasted author Elspeth Muir summary Ä 9 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 Fireweed Trail put his Des Wurzels Zweig phone wallet T shirt and thongs on the walkway climbed over the railing and jumpe. 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Wasted author Elspeth Muir summary Ä 9 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. 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 unable to reconcile itself to the harmful effects of its drinking cultureReminiscent of writers such as Chloe Hooper and Helen GarnerThis book will help you think critically and compassionately about those who seek solace in alcohol Books Publishing The prose style of this unheralded writeris so achingly beautiful and assured Helen Garner might be pleased to hand her the keys to the creative nonfiction kingdom and ride off into the Carlton sunset Saturday Paper Muir gifts readers gorgeously evocative passages which convey a depth of emotionWasted is a haunting read Readings There is no lapse in urgency in Wasted this conversation is a crucial one to have Five stars Good Reading Elspeth writes beautifully and honestly documenting the shocking loss of an older brother in such heartbreaking circumstances Mamamia Muir sifts through her own tattered consciousness hunting for what has been lostShe concludes of her brother s death What a waste of a life that was Yet by determinedly documenting the drinking culture that coddled him she has opened vital new lines of enuiry into our duty of care towards drinkers It s a tragedy but now not entirely a waste Lifted Brow Interweaving brilliant reportage with memoir Wasted delves into Australia s complicated relationship with alcoholTimely and eye opening Canberra Weekly There is an easy confidence to Muir s prose which above all exhibits a perceptive eye for detailDeeply personal and unflinchingly honest Muir s debut book is among the best long form explorations of how and why some Australians drink alcohol to excessIt is a striking work and among the strongest debut books I have read Australian Rough and raw and evocativeMuir is a talented writer who has blended memoir and journalistic inuiry with aplomb Weekly Times A truly insightful piece of workWasted is a vital poignant piece of social commentary and is essential reading for every Australian who drinks Sydney Morning Herald A thoughtful heartbreaking work Overland Elspeth Muir s memoir begins after her younger brother s night of heavy drinking culminates with him jumping from a bridge and drowning in the Brisbane River Her handling of the subject is by turn heartbreaking evocative and in parts refreshingly weird and her assured voice makes this a sobering read Readings Best Non Fiction Books of 2016 This devastating personal story of loss and grief is also an unflinching examination of the damaging drinking habits of young Australians and of a society that not only permits but encourages them Junkee A brave generous and thought provoking book Unlikely Bookworm Osteopathy in the Cranial Field passed before Anne Adayları ve Hamileler için Karatay Diyeti police divers Defy Me 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. 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Wasted author Elspeth Muir summary Ä 9 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. 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 the tragic story of her brother Alexander who died when he jumped from Brisbane s Story Bridge with a blood alcohol level of 0238 Muir ponders her and her two brothers history of drinking It s a story that many Australians could probably relate to at least in their youth At times it s a painfully honest look by Muir at her own behaviour around alcohol and the difficulties she s had facing up to the fact that her own drinking is borderline dangerous Although she s never been uite the risk taker that Alexander was she has ended up in potentially dangerous situations that could have been much worse than they actually wereMuir writes creative non fiction with a controlled pensive voice and delves head first into the difficult issue of addressing the toxic culture that has emerged around drinking particularly in Australia She includes a mix of memoir and research although the strongest sections are her own reflections on her brother and all the points along the road when something might have been done to prevent his tragic death Whether he was suicidal is a uestion the family doesn t have an answer to but she doesn t think so rather it was a long history of drunken acts of bravado that led him to fly off the side of a bridge and fall thirty metres into the Brisbane river where he drowned The researched sections of the book are interesting but sometimes feel like they are just skimming the surface with occasional statistics or study results included amid the broader story she s trying to tell The one that alarmed me most was that 20% of drinkers consume 75% of all the alcoholic beverages consumed in Australia Extremely heavy drinking might be a small minority of people but the heaviest drinkers are drinking a LOTThe book travels from Brisbane to Melbourne to Argentina and South Africa and then back to Brisbane again with Muir examining episodes from her life where alcohol played a central role The travel parts provide some contrast for considering the differences between drinking culture in Australia and elsewhere although I also found it made her narrative a bit less cohesive when she s drifting between places and moving back and forward in time It s not until the final chapter or so that she ventures an answer as to why the drinking culture and resulting violence or stupidity is different in Australia A lot of it comes down to privilege and freedoms we take for granted Even when there s no money for other luxuries alcohol often remains a priority for people here and the idea of going without is still seen as odd and unconventional in many circlesWasted is ultimately an honest and important book about a difficult topic I hope this book helps start some much needed conversations about drinking violence dangerous behaviour and the grieving families who are left behind when alcohol influenced behaviour has tragic conseuences

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  • Wasted author Elspeth Muir
  • Elspeth Muir
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  • 16 June 2019
  • 9781922182135