Biographies & Memoirs

Desperately Seeking Sex & Sobriety

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Highly entertaining. A gritty and humorous account of one man's fall into alcoholism. Explicit sex scenes are not for the faint of heart.

Synopsis

"This book is a dark, painful, vulgar true to life story of simply being human. It's written with flair, honesty and without doubt love, and is the kind of book that could readily be misunderstood. The degree to which you reject the storyteller and his tale will tellingly reveal how you judge yourself. Paul Pisces writes with charm, wit and style about the parts of me I'd rather disown. By his owning those parts in him, I too am given another chance. They say honesty is the best policy. This book is vulgar, shocking, painful. The price of honesty. It's also very funny. How could it not be?"

I greatly enjoyed this book. It is a quick, easy read in a light and humorous tone (despite the dark subject matter), organized into short, bite-sized chapters. I found the writing to be very relatable and down-to-earth. However, it is not for everyone.


It is an autobiographical account of a tech-industry professional’s gradual descent into severe alcoholism. Along the way, there are a great many rather graphic descriptions of his various sexual encounters, often with prostitutes. 


The book is written in the present tense and primarily in chronological order, so in the earlier chapters the drinking is depicted in a fairly light-hearted style, sharing with us anecdotes of the laughable antics of youth, only hinting at the dark path he is on. It takes place over several decades but he rarely mentions years, preferring instead to use cultural and technological references to give us a sense of where we are in time. Sometimes I found myself wondering what time period we were in, and then he would speak of dancing to “Backstreet’s Back” and suddenly I knew exactly. The result of this clever avoidance of dwelling on the passage of time, is that the events pass quickly, rather than dragging out as many stories do that attempt to span so many years.


Without being preachy, this is meant as a cautionary tale against the perils of alcoholism and addiction. It is also intended to be entertaining enough to hold the reader’s attention. I think it does both of those things splendidly. If you only read the first part of the book, it might seem that he is glorifying excessive drinking. But, as in life, the shadows lengthen over time. Pisces is merely relating the events as he experienced them. I think that former, current and potential alcoholics will likely see a relatable and kindred spirit in the author, and perhaps find hope and acceptance in his story.


My caveat for readers is this: although he is not unaware of or insensitive to the social issues involved in prostitution, that is not the main concern of the book. Throughout much of the story, he is patronizing prostitutes. He does not mistreat or dehumanize them. But some readers might wish that he had spent more time expressing remorse or attempting to expose the evil underbelly of the sex-work industry. I did not have any objections, personally, to how he dealt with sex and sex-workers, but some readers may.


Overall, I thought this was a great book, with many laugh-out-loud moments and even some tears. It deals with some dark and difficult subjects in a funny, gritty and genuine way. Some may prefer to steer clear of it, but for others, I would say it is well worth the read.

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Synopsis

"This book is a dark, painful, vulgar true to life story of simply being human. It's written with flair, honesty and without doubt love, and is the kind of book that could readily be misunderstood. The degree to which you reject the storyteller and his tale will tellingly reveal how you judge yourself. Paul Pisces writes with charm, wit and style about the parts of me I'd rather disown. By his owning those parts in him, I too am given another chance. They say honesty is the best policy. This book is vulgar, shocking, painful. The price of honesty. It's also very funny. How could it not be?"

Prologue


It is early afternoon and I have just left my place of work for the last time. I am a 31 year old computer specialist and I am now walking the half mile up Bergholt Road to my semi-detached house.

My company car sits in the company car park and the keys are with my manager.

The reality is slowly sinking in that I have been made redundant after 10 years, 1 month and 2 days service.

The two consolations are the cheque for 16,263 pounds and the knowledge that the decision to make me redundant has probably significantly increased my life expectancy.

I say this because I am an alcoholic and the amount of alcohol that I am currently drinking is certainly verging on the life threatening. Prior to this event, the only possible method I had to reduce my drinking was to jack the job in. Instead the job has jacked me in. Thank God.

My calculations indicate that after I pay off my debts, the money I've got should last me about six months, especially if I can reduce my alcohol intake, but following that I will be in very real trouble. Maybe by some miracle I can find another job - one must live in hope.

Alcoholism is an almost acceptable form of drug abuse which consumes you physically and mentally until you can no longer find ways to hide your problem. In my case, oblivion was beginning to loom ahead of me but for this most fortunate of misfortunes.

About the author

I write about alcoholism, addiction (& sex). I am over 10 years sober after 30 years of alcoholism. Since writing my book I have lived through 4 jobs, 3 mental hospitals, 1 redundancy, 1 sacking, 1 rehab, several suicidal periods & finally over 10 years of sobriety after too many relapses to count. view profile

Published on September 11, 2020

50000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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