The Diary of an Old Drunk is a book unlike any other: it is a fictional autobiography, a biography, a work of philosophy and a poem. Despite being an imaginary account of the story of a life spent on the street, it gives a very real and poignant insight into the experiences of an outcast and outsider of society. Highlights include poems about nothing, meditations on loneliness, theories of how life is a casino, and heaven is a bar, and even humorous interludes of the little victories that momentarily brighten life on the streets. There are also a number of short stories, where the `old drunk' reminisces about his troubled past, giving clues as how he came to be in the position he is in, and confessing two pivotal romantic affairs - one with a tragic young girl named Chesca, and the other with a troubled prostitute named Grace. The Diary of an Old Drunk is a book of tragedy and pain, but also of great depth and sensitivity. The narrator of the work - known only as the `old drunk' - is a charismatic and engaging writer whose honesty will touch your heart, and whose way of expressing will make you feel as if you are right there on the streets with him.