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A Million Little Pieces

By James Frey

(15)

| eBook | 9780385508841

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Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, A Million Little Pieces is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that reje Continue

Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, A Million Little Pieces is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery.

By the time he entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility, James Frey had taken his addictions to near-deadly extremes. He had so thoroughly ravaged his body that the facilityís doctors were shocked he was still alive. The ensuing torments of detoxification and withdrawal, and the never-ending urge to use chemicals, are captured with a vitality and directness that recalls the seminal eye-opening power of William Burroughsís Junky.

But A Million Little Pieces refuses to fit any mold of drug literature. Inside the clinic, James is surrounded by patients as troubled as he is -- including a judge, a mobster, a one-time world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute to whom he is not allowed to speak ó but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinicís droning dogma of How to Recover. James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions, and insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become--which runs directly counter to his counselors' recipes for recovery.

James has to fight to find his own way to confront the consequences of the life he has lived so far, and to determine what future, if any, he holds. It is this fight, told with the charismatic energy and power of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, that is at the heart of A Million Little Pieces: the fight between one young manís will and the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion, the fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart.

A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Interessante, incalzante con uno stile compulsivo che riproduce la ossessione tossicomanica del protagonista. Non credo che la storia sia totalmente vera, molto c'è di romanzata però complessivamente credibile anche per gli addetti ai lavori

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    Cate said on Aug 12, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    La prima volta lo avevo abbandonato forse perché troppo piccola, quando l'ho riletto mi è piaciuto molto. La storia è abbastanza rilenta e pesante, sia da leggere che come tema in sé, ma merita moltissimo.

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    Eli P90 Scambio cartacei said on Aug 8, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Illuminante.

    Forse mi aspettavo un tantino di più, eppure non riesco a capire cosa quindi posso dire che nel complesso mi ha soddisfatto e mi ha fatto vedere come con una spunta interiore abbastanza forte si riesca ad arrivare dovunque.

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    Eu said on Jul 10, 2014 | 2 feedbacks

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    Mi aspettavo di più

    Storia di un ragazzo all'interno di una clinica.
    Buon libro ma non all'altezza del successo che ha avuto.

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    Rustyjamesrumblefish08 said on Jul 4, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Quando lei entra il me di dentro si accende e quelle cose per cui non ci sono parole si accendono e cominciano a bruciare bruciare bruciare.

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    Luca Leone said on Jun 15, 2014 | Add your feedback

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