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We've tackled bromances and genuises in our previous Sherlock Holmes Book Associations. Now we are covering Substance Abuse.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson was quoted on saying “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” This book is completely riddled with drug use. Prepare for a crazy ride.
Alice in Wonderland - Ok, don't yell at me. I know this one's not really about drugs, but there are conspiracy theories that Lewis Carroll was stoned while he wrote it as the Caterpillar was stoned and the whole thing is just a great crazy LSD trip. I don't think there's any proof in this, but for the sake of humor, there it is.
Trainspotting - Heroin is the drug of choice in this novel by Irvine Welsh. Although for American readers, the Scottish slang might scare you off before you even get into the lifestyles of the characters.
Requiem for a Dream - Heroin shows up again in this novel for two young boys who fantasize about getting a pound of uncut heroin and getting rich.
What other novels can you think of with substance abuse? Next week we tackle Victorian era mysteries.