Just for fun: What’s your literary tipple?

Posted on March 17, 2017 in Oxford

‘I’m an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.’

         – Raymond Chandler

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We hope you have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day.

After a few cheeky Guinness, we feel in the mood to test your drunken prowess.

Can you read between the boozy lines to guess the novel?  

1.Good people drink good beer.’


2. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before.

With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.’


3. ‘Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go/ To heal my heart and drown my woe/

Rain may fall, and wind may blow/ And many miles be still to go/

But under a tall tree will I lie And let the clouds go sailing by.’



Albert: Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.’


5. ‘We were not hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that

no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.’


6. ‘Next to music, beer was best.’


7. ‘As far as I’m concerned the only thing to do is sit in a room and get drunk.’


8. ‘Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.’


9. ‘I tell you, Mr Okada, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer.

Some choosy people say that a too cold beer doesn’t taste good, but I couldn’t disagree more.

The first beer should be so cold you can’t even taste it. The second one should be a little

less chilled, but I want that first one to be like ice. I want it to be so cold my temples throb with pain.

This is my own personal preference of course.’


10. ‘It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.’


11. ‘I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything,

but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me

feel powerful and godlike.’


12. ‘She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude;

nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink

because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?’


13. ‘If you ever know a man who tries to drown his sorrows, kindly inform him his sorrows know how to swim.’


14. ‘It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is

like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.’


15. ‘Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.’


16. ‘So much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have some bad thoughts

which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts.’


17. ‘I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.’



1.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson; 2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote; 3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein; 4. The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett; 5. Naked by David Sedaris; 6. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers; 7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac; 8. The October Country by Ray Bradbury; 9. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami; 10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; 11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath; 12. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison; 13. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore; 14.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; 15. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski; 16. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; 17. Othello by William Shakespeare