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Trying to describe this book is like trying to catch a shadow
on 3 July 2014
This meander through the mind of the man that is Peter Doherty is little short of miraculous.
Miraculous that he is still here to pen these fragments of scattered thoughts, penetrating observations and moments of genuine genius....miraculous that his will-o-the-wisp charisma and intuitive charm has survived his concerted efforts to obliterate them.
Trying to describe this book is like trying to catch a shadow, between it's pages we glimpse him captured at a moment in time, then are swept up in the meandering malestrom of his thoughts and carried off on the wind.
I doubt he can be contained even within his own words.
Blisteringly insightful yet achingly tortured, Peter is a paradox. He is a man at war with himself yet he retains a mischievous wit that delights in love, life, laughter and longing. He wields it like a sword, piercing his own ego and the incongruousness of others.
I find myself quite unable to call up words that could encapsulate this man, his thoughts, the demons gnawing at his soul.
He is steeped in self-disgust yet he remains aware of his own worth. He is truly an anomaly.
To submerge yourself in his words is like free-falling through Arcadia and wading through of the Rivers of Hades. At the same time.
This isn't a book, it's an experience.