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

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  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    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 the most famous women of the age and was one of the UK's major satirists and make it meh? Perhaps the friendship between the author and the late Willie Donaldson should have been left at that friendship and memories? Because to me this book was a bad match of author and subject35 stars

  2. Neil Neil says:

    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 both personal 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 the Richard Ingramses or Clive Jameses or whoeverBut the lop sidedness as with Willie Donaldson is part of the charm

  3. Jules Jules says:

    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 justiceWhilst one is always right to uestion 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 the arts popular culture and subversion of any circumstance What transpires is an account of a well lived life that renounces the heritage and high privilege of Donaldson’s birth right Instead his life choices embraced frivolity booze drugs woman and a real rainbow life lived well but also in the gutter Donaldson rightly comes across as one of life’s bohemians and also one of life’s ‘one offs’ who refused to bend to protocol duty and expectation in a variety of situationsThere are many choice uotes to be found in this book many of them by the author and many by the protagonist and all lead to a great existential like analysis of life By the end of the book Donaldson indeed seems to come across as a life philosopher and Blacker’s collected potpourri of uotes from his subject’s newspaper articles depict a large uota of jaded yet hilarious and well thought topical humour I giggled a lot and even shed a couple of tears at some very honest and very poignant bitsThe reading of this biography seemed at times uite lengthy and even repetitive in places This said the character of Donaldson seemed so enlightening that I decided to stick with it It was encouraging to experience the living of a somewhat ‘sub culture’ life and empathise with a distinctive individualI wouldn’t say this book is mainstream enough for all tastes but for those passionate enough about uirky people uirky lives and something a bit different from your average biography then this is worth it and extremely experiential Enjoy

  4. Nickie Nickie says:

    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 uestion 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 biographersAnyway i'll probably come back to it at some stage I'm half way through and it's not appalling or anything but i just can't be doing with working all the hours that god sends and then begrudglingly forcing meself to read something i don't really wanna on the tube journeys that surround the working days and nights

  5. Jim Jim says:

    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 was and what made him attract the attentions and people that he did Carly Simon looked worth one all the same Worse I could care less He was a ponce in a kind of Carry On film way a drug addict but who in media London wasn’t an eccentric and an oddity but I couldn’t warm to him much So on running for a taxi early on a Monday morning I spent a frantic two minutes searching the bookshelves for something to get my teeth into and thanked my selection of John Le Carre for providing it

  6. Henry Henry says:

    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 was his own man but he paid the price in many different ways The writer was a friend and tells his story sympathetically and wisely a great job

  7. Terry Clague Terry Clague says:

    ''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 truth If we knew the truth about each other we could take noone seriously There isn't one of us who could afford to be caught That's all life is Trying not to be found out'

  8. Mark Woods Mark Woods says:

    Fell into my lap unexpectedly I have enjoyed making Willie Donaldson's acuaintance through this biographynot sure I would have appreciated him uite so much in real lifea complex character to say the least

  9. John John says:

    Scandalous and ultimately very sad biog Such talent such dissipation

  10. Bob Hay Bob Hay says:

    Not as good as I thought it was going to be Still loved Henry Root letters though

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You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This [PDF / Epub] ★ You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This By Terence Blacker – 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 grea Though born into Live as ePUB ´ 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 You Cannot Kindle - a dangerous force of corruption and decadenceHis 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 Cannot Live as ePUB ´ 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 uickly led him into a dark underworld of crack addiction fraud and Cannot Live as I Have Epub / 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 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.