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A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces
James Frey

September 22nd, 2005








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Released: 2005-09-22

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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

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at the age of 23, James Frey aroused from sleep on a aircraft to search out his front tooth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no concept where the aircraft was once headed nor any recollection of the in advance two weeks. An alcoholic for ten one years and a crack addict for 3, he take a look ated into a remedy facility in a while after landing. There he was once tantique he could both sbest using or die in advance than he reached age 2four. that is Frey’s acclaimed acrely of his six weeks in rehab.
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at the age of 23, James Frey aroused from sleep on a aircraft to search out his front tooth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no concept where the aircraft was once headed nor any recollection of the in advance two weeks. An alcoholic for ten one years and a crack addict for 3, he take a look ated into a remedy facility in a while after landing. There he was once tantique he could both sbest using or die in advance than he reached age 2four. that is Frey’s acclaimed acrely of his six weeks in rehab.

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The electrifying beginning of James Freycff0four78#3nine;s dehowever memoir, A Munwellion Little items, ruin-cuts to the then 23-one year-antique writer on a Chicago-bound aircraft "coated with a colourful mix of spit, snot, urine, vomit and blood." wanted by way of writerities in 3 states, with out ID or any money, his face mangled and lacking 4 front tooth, Frey is on a steep descent from a depressing marathon of drug abuse. His surprised family take a look ats him into a famed Minnesota drug remedy center where a health care provider promises "he's going to be useless inside a few days" if he starts to make use of over again, and where Frey spends two agonizing months of detox confronting "The Fury" head on:

I need a drink. i would like fifty beverages. I need a bottle of the purest, sturdyest, the sort of lot harmful, the sort of lot toxic alcohol on the earth. I want fifty bottles of it. i would like crack, grimy and yellow and funwelled with formaldehyde. I need a pile of powder meth, 5 hundred hits of acidentification, a rubbish bag funwelled with mushrooms, a tube of glue larger than a truck, a pool of fuel large enough to drown in. i would like a fewfactor anything else whatever nose as much as i will.

one of the vital more harrowing sections is while Frey submits to leading dental surgical procedure with out the advantage of anesthesia or achekunwellers (he fights the thoughts-blowing waves of "bayonet" ache by way of digging his fingers into two antique tennis balls till his nails crack). His fellow sufferers come with a damaged crack addict with whom Frey wades into an unwell-fated relationship, a federal judge, a former championship boxer, and a mobster (who, upon his liberate, throws a hilarious surf-and-turf bacchanal, whole with pay-in step with-view boxing). affect guidecff0four78#3nine;s epilogue, while Frey ticks off a terse substitute on everyone, you'll althe sort of lot concentrate the Jim Carroll Bandcff0four78#3nine;s brutal survivorcff0four78#3nine;s lament "people who Died" kicking in at the soundtrack of the inevitable movie type.

the fashion-fueled memoir is stored in take a look at by way of Freycff0four78#3nine;s cool, minimafile taste. Like his stable mantra, "i'm an Alcoholic and i'm a drug Addict and i'm a prison," Freycff0four78#3nine;s use of repetition takes on a crisp, lyrical top of the range which lends itself to the surreal experience. The guide can have benefited from being just a bit leaner. just about four hundred web pages is a very long time to spend beneath Freycff0four78#3nine;s affect, and the styfileic acrobatics (no citation marks, random capitalization, left-aligned textual content, wild paragraph breaks) might perhaps seem too self-conscious for a few readers, however past the literary fireworks lurks a fierce dehowever. --Brad Thomas Parsons

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author: James Freywriter: AnchorBinding: Pain step withagainLanguage: EnglishPages: fourfour8

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