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Quick read - but a bit too thin -,
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This review is from: Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir (Hardcover)
After reading about Bill Clegg in the NY Times Style section and then reading the book excerpt in NY Magazine, I bought the Kindle version (high price at $14.99) and devoured this thin volume in a day. The truth is if you read both pieces mentioned, you've pretty much read the book (except for the back-story of his life, which focuses on the author's inability to pee and high school and college days that show an addictive personality at an early age).
The book reads well and moves along quickly(you keep on waiting for a pay-off that doesn't ever seem to come). There doesn't seem to be a lot of depth though. In a way, it's like a celebrity biography ...'and then I did this...' but replaced with ...'and then I took another hit...'
I was hoping for more.
Oddly enough, this book is not a harrowing read like the (fictional) James Frey's book. For an excellent read on addiction and recovery, check out "Liquid Lover" by John Moriarty.
I wish Bill Clegg the best with book and his career and his recovery!
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2010 10:37:03 AM PDT
Taylor Rand says:
I too wish Bill Clegg well. He's a decent enough writer and the book's a quick, fluid read that can be read in one sit-down. I agree that we could've had a bit more background but then what we've gotten? Character sketches of family, friends, and lovers? More scenes of a life spiraling out of control?
I wonder if the "why" of Mr. Clegg's self-destructive behavior is even knowable to him. What if he just liked crack above everything else? Simplistic? So maybe this book is at its optimal length: maybe there's no insight, no lesson to be learned. He did drugs 'til he stopped. For now.
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