Portrait of An Addict as A Young Man

Portrait of An Addict as A Young Man

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316054676
Branch Call Number: 921 Clegg
Characteristics: x, 222 pages ; 22 cm

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jannylegs
Jul 18, 2016

Loved this book; never has being an addict sounded so harrowingly enjoyable--except of course for the hurting loved ones, friends and co-workers part, depleting the bank account, and all the damage done to the body, mind and soul. Beautifully written and realized.

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uncommonreader
Nov 25, 2015

Although in some ways this is a riveting read, upon reflection it has the whiff of self-indulgence. Unlike the book referred to in Clegg's pretentious title, there is little insight into what led Clegg down his path or recognition of the wider world.

Pygmy_G Jun 03, 2015

I read this after reading Clegg's Ninety Days, which is the sequel to this. Though I prefer Clegg's second memoir, this is also riveting. In Portrait, Clegg details his final spin out with crack. His compulsive use is so repetitive, at times it boggles the mind. It provides a portrait of the obsessive-compulsive nature of addiction, more than of the young man driven by addiction. Harrowing, but accurate. Glad I read the whole thing, because by not sparing us the redundant details, Clegg reveals the nature of addiction.

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Morde
Mar 26, 2012

An incredibly difficult but honest ride through addiction.

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JUGEY
Mar 29, 2011

Really really good. Amazing what drugs can do to a person's life.

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