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

Portrait of an Addict as a Young ManHaving a close family member battle the fight against addiction, the title of this book jumped out at me as I walked through the campus library. After reading the first few pages I knew I had to continue. The book is a tale of one man’s journey through drug addiction and the effect it has on his life, and the people in it. It’s not a page turner in the sense of let’s say, a murder mystery. Where you just want to keep going to see what happens next. Yet you still are drawn into the story of this man’s life and how it deteriorates around him as he struggles with the ebb and flow of his continuous drug use. You feel yourself rooting for him, hoping for the best possible outcome.

And before you write this off as the story of some ghetto trawling crackhead, be assured it’s not. From dinner parties and luncheons at affluent New York establishments. To trips to London and Paris, the author falls far from the stereotypes. Around halfway through the book it gets a bit long-winded with numerous drug induced moments of paranoia. But stick with it as it’s just another step you take with Mr. Clegg as he gives you insight to what life truly is for an addict.

Availability: SMCM
Review Submitted by: Wendell Wade
Rating: Highly Recommended (Must Read if the title hits close to home.)

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