I expected to come out thinking it was his own fault and I anticipated a lot of self pity but by the time I was through I had a lot of respect for the guy. I feel better able to relate to the life of an addict and although James Frey refused to accept a genetic predisposition to his addiction, I think it could well be the case for many people. My favourite lines in the book were:
- When one lives without fear, one cannot be broken. When one lives with fear one is broken before one begins to live
- Confront the difficult while it is easy, accomplish the great one step at a time
- Miles on women: "There's no use 'trying' with them. You just 'do'." (Clever man!)
- Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Somtimes words don't work. The violence was necessary
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