You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This

You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This Though born into privilege and inheriting a fortune, Willie Donaldson ended up dying alone in a seedy rented flat, his computer still logged on to a lesbian porn site To some, he had been one of the great, under rated comic writers of our time, and to others, a dangerous force of corruption and decadence.His achievements were significant he published Sylvia Plath while still at Cambridge, as a producer in the Sixties he staged Beyond the Fringe, and he was later to write the celebrated Henry Root Letters but not as impressive as his reckless talent for self destruction The impresario became a serial bankrupt The man about town, who had lived with Sarah Miles and been engaged to Carly Simon, ended up as a ponce in a Chelsea brothel Success as a writer quickly led him into a dark underworld of crack addiction, fraud and sexual obsession Now friend and collaborator, Terence Blacker unravels the intimate truth of Willie Donaldson s strange story in all its glamour, hilarity and pain What a young fool I was But how I adored him Carly Simon A slimy crook Private Eye For the skill and wit of his writing he deserves to be hailed as the English Nabokov Auberon Waugh I am someone who always answers the phone at 1.00 am, because I know it isn t going to be my bank manager or the Inland Revenue, but probably a crack dealer or a prostitute Willie Donaldson Download You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This By Terence Blacker – rarefishingbooks.co.uk Meh Interesting guy was Willie Donaldson He was a complete individualist and iconoclast, whose books, collected into The complete Henry Root Letters were snorkingly funny But this book, this memoir by a good friend of his, just didn t do it for me It was a mild mannered look at an extreme personality How can you write about a crack addict who mixed with royalty, lived in a brothel, screwed some of th
I interviewed Willie Donaldson when I was a young journalist He was fascinating, and the single best recounter of scurrilous anecdotes I ve ever met very few of which were printable The book is odd it seems haunted by the ghost of Terence Blacker, who wrote it and knew and worked with Willie, making it bothpersonal and less authoritative than I m used to in biographies and I started to long for interviews with people who didn t think Willie was a harmless rogue or a genius th I interviewed Wil
The character of Willie Donaldson is someone I was only vaguely familiar with when embarking on this biography As the writer of the Henry Root Letters, I was familiar with his work, humour and turn of phrase but unaware of his even fuller genius and eccentricities On further checking and I have , Wikipedia just doesn t do him justice.Whilst one is always right to question the authenticity of any biography or autobiography, Terence Blacker as a friend and ex collaborator seems to encapsulate D The character of Willie Donaldson is someone I was only vaguely familiar with when embarking on this biography As the writer of the Henry Root Letters, I was familiar with his work, humour and turn of phrase but unaware of his even fuller genius and eccentricities On further checking and I have , Wikipedia just doesn t do him justice.Whilst one is always right to question the authenticity of any biography or autobiography, Terence Blacker as a friend and ex collaborator seems to encapsulate Donaldson s character all too well as a hyper intelligent man who lived somewhat at odds with the normal world, with a preference for
omg graham s gonna kill me i read 130 pages of it in 2 sittings in an attempt to get into this it was OK his life was very interesting no question but the person who wrote this likes him far too bloody much to write a decent biography of it oh yes, i didn t realise that it wasn t an autobiog until i started it, so i was a bit disappointed i guess the clue was in the author s name so willy donaldson goes around being a bit of a cock and we get some sort of wishy washy excuse from th omg graham s gonna kill me i read 130 pages of it in 2 sittings in an attempt to get into this it was OK his life was very interesting no question but the person who wrote this likes him far too bloody much to write a decent biography of it oh yes, i didn t realise that it wasn t an autobiog until i started it, so i was a bit disappointed i guess the clue was in the author s name so willy donaldson goes around being a bit of a cock and we get some sort of wishy washy excuse from the author at every corner oh i m sure that he would never have stolen money from the beyond the fringe lot blah blah whatever Just delight in him being a bit of a knob and stop being so cloying So many biographies are ruined by rubbish biographers.Anyway, i ll probably come back to it at some stage, I m half way through and it s not appalling or anything,
I started this thinking Who was Willie Donaldson and was enticed by the promise of a tale of wit, sex, drugs and London in the swinging sixties as seen through the eyes and experience of one of its most colourful characters I didn t get it What I got was what felt like an insider s nudge nudge, do you know what who he s doing now type of an affair, where the biographer was too close to the subject to be really salacious or spiteful Half way through and I still hadn t a clue who the guy I started this thinking Who was Willie Donaldson and was enticed by the promise of a tale of wit, sex, drugs and London in the swinging sixties as seen through the eyes and experience of one of its most colourful characters I didn t get it What I got was what felt like an insider s nudge nudge, do you know what who he s doing now type of an affair, where the biographer was too close to the subj
This is a great biography of my favourite comic writer of all time, Willie Donaldson, who i would recommend to everyone It is a remarkable story, truly breathtaking in his rebelliousness and anarchy Willie Donaldson was a true rebel, utterly rejecting society s s He
When aren t we acting he asked in his diary When aren t we concealing Would you like me to have been a fly on your wall yesterday Did you do nothing shameful Of course you did The version of ourselves that we present to the world bears no resemblence to the
Fell into my lap unexpectedly I have enjoyed making Willie Donaldson s acquaintance through this biography.not sure I would have appreciated him quite so much in real life..a complex character to say the least. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here R4x Monday Scandalous and ultimately very sad biog Such talent, such dissipation.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This
  • Terence Blacker
  • English
  • 25 April 2017
  • 0091913861