PAUL KING'S REBELLION by Arthur H. Cain

PAUL KING'S REBELLION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the person of Paul King, Dr. Cain (The Cured Alcoholic) tells the story of one of the Seven Sinners who not only overcame his own alcoholism but went on to develop a program for others. King was the product of a broken family; brought up by an overwhelming mother, he fought his way, with the help of an older male cousin, into masculinity. The same cousin unknowingly introduced him to liquor at fourteen; the first swig sent Paul on his way to alcoholism. Paul left home when he was sixteen, became a professional gambler, joined the Merchant Marine, the army, where his alcoholism (and drug addiction) finally caught up with him. He dried out in an A.A. ward, but could not accept the A.A. ambience, its fear of analysis. With the G.I. bill he studied psychology, came up with his own program for curing alcoholics that involved a total life re-orientation, presented here. His drives redirected but unreconstructed (he still pursues the old dream of being a great philosopher), Paul King exemplifies how much a person can change and yet remain himself. King-Cain's therapeutic techniques, applicable to the emotionally disturbed as well as to the actual alcoholic, seem sound, but his personal story is the hook for a readership seeking the answer.

Pub Date: July 24th, 1967
Publisher: John Day