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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 aw Sure I read it hence two stars and I read it uickly because 1 I m addicted to books about screw ups AND 2 I m constantly looking for something that will make me feel differently about this particular disease This memoir makes me sick I don t care about Bill Clegg s self indulgent childhood issues In fact they bore me He comes across as an insecure egotistical name dropper who clearly has a long way to go if in fact he is still recovering Much like all books about addiction my heart goes out to his family and the countless others he has hurt

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir

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 ve Heavy stuff and holy f Okay will try to give this a proper review This is one hell of a ride on the dark side of crack cocaine addiction While I usually like my addiction memoirs with a heavy heaping of recovery this focused mostly on the addiction itself Sometimes though the story itself can be so powerful it needs to be told This is one mans journey from his first wonderful high to the brink of death What I loved the most was Cleggs writing and it s interesting to know that Clegg also wrote Did you ever have a Family I was literally on the edge of my seat reading in horror as addiction consumes each and every good thing in Cleggs life It s amazing what addiction can do Honestly this book broke my heart I m looking forward to his seuel 90 Days which chronicles his recovery struggles

Bill Clegg â 6 Summary

Ry nearly his lifeWhat 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 This is the story of a privileged white dude who apparently became addicted to crack than anyone has ever been addicted to crack ever before He blames this on his childhood which although not perfect is certainly no worse than the childhoods of countless people who have never smoked crack even once He treats all his friends and loved ones shockingly poorly because all he cares about is crack but they stay loyal to him anyway I guess because they re all codependent In a way this book was kind of like crack in that I wanted to keep reading it until there was no book left to read but the whole time I knew deep down that it was really bad for me and when it was all over I felt wretched In conclusion with all the addiction memoirs out there I don t really see why anyone needs to read this one


10 thoughts on “Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir

  1. says:

    Heavy stuff and holy f Okay will try to give this a proper review This is one hell of a ride on the dark side of crack cocaine addiction While I usually like my addiction memoirs with a heavy heaping of recovery this focused mostly on the addiction itself Sometimes though the story itself can be so powerful it needs to be told This is one mans journey from his first wonderful high to the brink of death What I loved the most was

  2. says:

    One of the finest memoirs I’ve come across and I read a heck of a lot of them To be great a memoir has to plunk you right in the middle of a set of experiences that might be diametrically opposed to your own and make it all so real that you feel you are living it Through this book I followed literary agent Bill Clegg on dozens

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    Bill Clegg had it all a glamorous prestigious job as a literary agent; a handsome and caring indie filmmaker boyfriend; a gorgeous Manhattan apartment; a glittering social life; J Crew catalogue model good looksBut he risked throwing it all away – along with tens of thousands of dollars – because of his addiction to crack cocaine a downward spiral he chronicles with frank honesty in the harrowing hard to put down memoir Portr

  4. says:

    This book was pretty engaging There is a train wrecky appeal and Clegg is pretty good with phrase I especially liked it when he described a woman's accent as trickyI would have liked it better if he had really reflected on the way his raceclass kept him out of jail While I was really fascinated by the idea that there ar

  5. says:

    This was dreadful Not the writing which was effective and uite good but the picture it painted A dizzying memoir of the t

  6. says:

    This is the story of a privileged white dude who apparently became addicted to crack than anyone has ever been addicted to crack ever before He blames this on his childhood which although not perfect is certainly no worse

  7. says:

    Sure I read it hence two stars and I read it uickly because 1 I'm addicted to books about screw ups AND 2 I'm constantly looking for something that will make me feel differently about this particular disease This memoir makes me sick I don't care about Bill Clegg's self indulgent childhood issues In fact they bore me He comes across as an insecure egotistical name dropper who clearly has a long way to go if i

  8. says:

    35 STARSThis is my first Audio book that I have listened to without also following along in an actual book I don't really know how I feel about it But I'm going to do my best to explain First off this book was a

  9. says:

    I admit that I am a sucker for stories about addiction You could even say I am addicted to them groan But now I know what I want for my last meal and it is a nice chunk of crack Really it sounds like something that everyo

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    Harrowing with a can't look away oh god I want to look away uality that fairly pulls the reader through the pages I know crack addicts but haven't read any accounts of the addiction from the inside and I found Clegg to be adept at giving a sense of what serious substance abuse must be like for the user The rampant paranoia the way the drug extends and collapses time the peaks of the highs versus the plunges into the blackest of lows—he