If a man wanted to marry and have a family, he had to leave alcohol

Use this forum to discuss the May 2018 Book of the Month, "The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson
User avatar
joycechitwa
Posts: 344
Joined: 18 Jun 2018, 08:53
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 21
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-joycechitwa.html
Latest Review: Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider

If a man wanted to marry and have a family, he had to leave alcohol

Post by joycechitwa »

Do you think Duke said this only out of personal remorse, blaming alcohol for his lack of a family, or was he genuinely warning Gary of the dangers of alcohol?
User avatar
kwame1977
Posts: 432
Joined: 10 Jan 2018, 14:16
Currently Reading: The Vatican Protocol
Bookshelf Size: 150
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kwame1977.html
Latest Review: Learn to Play Guitar by Gareth Evans

Post by kwame1977 »

Maybe he was warning Gary of the dangers of Alcohol. Raising a family does not necessarily keep one from Alcohol.
kelvinmwaniki17
Posts: 83
Joined: 21 Jul 2018, 05:12
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 16
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kelvinmwaniki17.html
Latest Review: Superhighway by Alex Fayman

Post by kelvinmwaniki17 »

I think what the statement is saying is that a man can't be a good parent and still be an alcoholic.
User avatar
Sunnyroyish
Posts: 396
Joined: 26 Jun 2018, 11:55
Currently Reading: Journey of a Bedroom Poet
Bookshelf Size: 60
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sunnyroyish.html
Latest Review: Mythic Worlds and the One You Can Believe In by Harold Toliver

Post by Sunnyroyish »

I think it's necessary to stop the consumption of alcohol to lead a healthy family. Alcohol deteriorates our's thinking quality and makes us addicted very easily. In this book, I think Duke Warned Gary about alcohol.
Life is just a parenthesis in the vastness of infinity.
User avatar
Samuel Waragu
Posts: 244
Joined: 14 Jun 2017, 08:52
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 465
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-samuel-waragu.html
Latest Review: The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings

Post by Samuel Waragu »

Alcohol shall be blamed for so many people's shortcomings even in those instances where it doesn't deserve blame. Duke is not sincere here.
“If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.”~Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
User avatar
Nickmwas
Posts: 4
Joined: 30 Jul 2018, 11:15
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Nickmwas »

May idea is, you can't deal with two at the same time to me manage your familly 1st.
jay_2
Posts: 27
Joined: 26 Jul 2018, 11:11
Currently Reading: Adrift
Bookshelf Size: 13
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jay-2.html
Latest Review: The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

Post by jay_2 »

I think he was warning him as well as speaking from his own remorse. You cannot have a family while being an alcoholic. You choose one or the other. Can’t have both.
Adediran Israel
Posts: 36
Joined: 29 Mar 2018, 12:34
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-adediran-israel.html
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley

Post by Adediran Israel »

I think he is trying to warn Gary of the danger of Alcohol
User avatar
sonyeizugbe
Posts: 2
Joined: 30 Jul 2018, 19:01
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by sonyeizugbe »

Honestly, the book; if a man wanted to marry and have a family, he had to leave alcohol, is just a warning of the dangers of alcoholism in a family's life which can not be joked with.
Also, is a warning that one cannot serve two masters at the same time because of its destructive tendencies and what someone has witnessed is better said than imagined. Is good lesson to learn.
User avatar
Kelebogile Mbangi
Posts: 907
Joined: 28 May 2017, 05:20
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 120
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kelebogile-mbangi.html
Latest Review: Redefining Normal by Justin Black & Alexis Black

Post by Kelebogile Mbangi »

I think it was a warning, and a good one at that. Alcoholism can destroy lives.
"And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!" - Dr. Seuss
asere_maryanne
Posts: 211
Joined: 10 Feb 2018, 11:54
Currently Reading: Source
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-asere-maryanne.html
Latest Review: McDowell by William H. Coles

Post by asere_maryanne »

I believe Duke was being real to Gary. He knew too well that families which involved alcoholic parent(s) always had great issues which had negative emotional effects, especially to the children.
User avatar
ValBookReviews
Posts: 684
Joined: 17 Mar 2018, 23:24
Currently Reading: McDowell
Bookshelf Size: 399
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-valbookreviews.html
Latest Review: Superhighway 2 by Alex Fayman

Post by ValBookReviews »

There is something to be said about personal experience. Therefore, I sincerely believe Duke was speaking about his personal remorse as well as a genuine warning for Gary. It appears that Duke genuinely cared about Gary and his well-being.
User avatar
Vscholz
Posts: 455
Joined: 09 Jul 2018, 00:59
Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Bookshelf Size: 816
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vscholz.html
Latest Review: Primrose’s Curse by Kiara Shankar, Vinay Shankar
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Vscholz »

Duke's statement is rather complex. I think he is sincerely warning Gary about the dangers of alcohol abuse (not just drinking, but drinking in excess) while reflecting on his own past. For recovering alcoholics, one drop is both too much and never enough, making it difficult, if not impossible, to have a healthy family life. I have been surrounded by alcoholics my entire life, and it was very hard. However, I have started my own family (through marriage--not really wanting to have any offspring) and I understand that a glass of wine with dinner or a cocktail while out with friends is not detrimental to my relationships although it could be devastating for others.
As for you & your heart & the things you said & didn't say, she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. (Schmendrick the Magician)
User avatar
samiam013
Posts: 88
Joined: 01 Jul 2018, 19:51
Favorite Book: The Altitude Journals
Currently Reading: The Lost Identity Casualties
Bookshelf Size: 272
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-samiam013.html
Latest Review: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid by Gary Robinson
Reading Device: B00HCNHDN0

Post by samiam013 »

Duke was genuinely warning Gary of the dangers of alcohol. Duke had lived a long life of alcoholism and, I believe, once he met Gary, he saw quite a bit of himself in the youngster's behaviour. My belief that Duke did want to help Gary in many ways was displayed with many of Duke's words and actions toward Gary once they meet. In a sense, Duke took Gary under his wing to offer some assistance in the area of drinking. Not so much in other areas though since he does share his Meth with Gary. But, overall, I am entirely convinced that Duke was honestly trying to help Gary to stop drinking.
"Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything". (Plato) :reading-7:

Smiles are contagious! Infect someone today! :D
Shilpa Paul
Posts: 353
Joined: 04 Jul 2018, 07:56
Currently Reading: Temptation Trials Revolution
Bookshelf Size: 110
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-shilpa-paul.html
Latest Review: Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula by R.F. Kristi

Post by Shilpa Paul »

Duke was warning Gary the dangers of alcoholism. It can wreak havoc with your health, destroy your family, your career and your hopes and dreams. Worst of all, it can directly result in your death, or cause you to be responsible for causing death or harm to others, including strangers, friends and your own children.
Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson”