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READ ↠ Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A Memoir ò 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 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

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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. 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 everyone should experience once in a lifetime but can't for obvious reasons To paraphrase the poet it sounds like all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell Bill Clegg is a literary agent in NYC and he was living the dream He appears on his book jacket as model handsome At the time of the memoir he was living with his partner Noah a seemingly flawless mate in an incredible apartment given to them by Noah's wealthy grandmother He and a friend had just started their own literary agency and he has a large group of friends and family and clients I won't give away the whole story because it is rather suspenseful writing even though you are practically told from the start that the house of cards is all going to fallWhat makes it such compelling reading even when you know where it is headed are the details missing airplane flights check in for the flight and then take a cab back to an airport hotel to smoke some crack planning to get back in time to catch the flight; the paranoia of thinking that every taxi cab driver is working for the DEA; meandering down a street with exclusive shops to find a leather shop which can make extra holes in his belt before his pants fall down; the ease with which these repeated drug transactions are made The latter is particularly fascinating He made calls sometimes once or twice a night to get drugs and then would run out to find an ATM wherever he was so that he could take out 300 at a time to pay for the drugs at each installment My only uibble is with the style of the modern day memoir used here Why do we have to jump back and forth in time so much He is five; then college; current day; drug days; then back to six then drug days Because I read so uickly at each transition I had to ask myself who are these guys with him his grade school friends or his crack companions It is dizzying

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man A MemoirRy 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 was dreadful Not the writing which was effective and uite good but the picture it painted A dizzying memoir of the two month crack binge that defined rock bottom for a once rising star this was depressing paranoid confusion that was palpable Deeply sad my heart broke for “Noah” and I was disappointed to not hear him mentioned in the acknowledgementsthough it’s interesting to note that my disappointment is suarely based on the author’s depiction of him This is just a very sad cautionary tale Memoirs are a brave undertaking and this one felt both honest and effective 35 stars