Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir

by Bill Clegg
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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir by Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had 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 to 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. PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN is an utterly compelling narrative-lyrical, irresistible, harsh, and honest-from which you simply cannot look away.

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ISBN-13: 9780316054676
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York. Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is his first book.

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book gave a good glimpse into the life of an addict. He didn't sugar coat anything! Well written. He may have written it to give closure to that part of his life....to close the door on it! That is my hope for him!
Ma756 More than 1 year ago
Nothing new or unique about this book. Its just out there to gain sympathy like all other addiction memoirs. The literary agent to being an agent. He's clearly better at being an agent or at least one would hope so.
jhnyc More than 1 year ago
of all the books i've read; never moved to write a review. a must-read - well-written, powerful without preaching - an honest account of one man's experiences...
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
It can be a struggle to make it through this memoir PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN. Bill Clegg's life situation and changes due to his extraordinary utter addiction to smoking crack could have been developed into a keener understanding of why addiction is such a devastating disease, but instead Clegg seems more interested in sharing episode after endless episode of becoming blotto on his drug of choice, moments that after a while become fast page turners because he has just taken us there countless times before. Yes, his 'flashbacks' to his youth as an abused child because of a genitourinary/psychological problem voiding and its sequelae and his coping with the family introduction to his sexual proclivity are dotted here and there. His relationships to both his life partner Noah and to his semi-sequestered encounters of a physical nature are no match for his emphasis on his dependence on his contacts and suppliers and his wooing cabdrivers et al to 'hang out' and share getting high. Clegg is a literary agent in New York and as such must read a lot of novels and other memoir-based books. One thing sets him apart: he writes in brief paragraphs separated on the page by considerable space, and that may be a visual means of helping the reader to understand the staccato outbursts of thought and words that come from an addict's mouth and mind. But in the end, this is yet another addict memoir that adds little to the shelves of similar books. The pity is that it would seem Clegg had an advantage in knowing how to deliver this information in a better way. Most people come to this book wanting to like the story, wanting to empathize with Bill Clegg and his journey through purgatory, but he simply loses us in the fall. Grady Harp
pdawg16323 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, the jumping back and forth made it good to and im not into stories that do this but I couldn't put it down!
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Cant wait for the follow up
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virtshelly More than 1 year ago
A blow by blow account of how many drugs he smoked on any particular night. Ignored any insight into his problem except that he had trouble peeing as a child. Completely elimanated and discussion of his recovery process or what helped him conquer his problem. I found the book to be very shallow and repetitive and was very disappointed.
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