Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man
By Bill Clegg
- Release Date: 2010-06-07
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.
What is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life -- and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern -- not its cause -- can be traced to the past.
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is an utterly compelling narrative -- lyrical, irresistible, harsh, honest, and beautifully written -- from which you simply cannot look away.
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User reviews about this book
Very honest and brutal look at what an addict thinks in the midst of the descent.
By Tiger 27
Loved this book
Shows how insane addiction is. I've dealt with my own demons but nothing like this and I hope I never do. I'm really surprised that he didn't mention Noah in the Acknowledgements
A searing, hallucinatory and very cautionary tale. Mr. Clegg had the great good fortune of an inner circle of support - too painful by half to think of the millions out there who hit rock-bottom and never make it back up into a better day.
By Reader on PI
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, honest and forthcoming. Fast read. Bill Clegg, I hope you have more books in the works.
Good but not great
It was a good read. Quick, interesting, and bounced between the past and the present in an easy to follow way. It became a bit repetitive and predictable over time, however, making reading tedious.
By Mike Greaves
This book is an intriguing memoir of a man coming to terms with himself through his addiction and life experiences. The "story" reads as a smooth and polished account of what is clearly a difficult and very painful time in both the author's life and that of the world around him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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