To Daniel Crabtree, a struggling writer, it is the backcloth to his first novel, one that will see him become a famous published author. Living off mostly water and flour, Daniel has embraced penury into his life under the mistaken belief that many young artists have: one needs to suffer for success in art. But Daniel is a terrible writer. In the three years since signing on the dole, of every morning chastising his Irish singing neighbour for waking him from his sleep, and scrounging food from his close friend Henry Soperton, Daniel Crabtree has produced one short story. His heart is bereft of words as much as his pockets are of money.
The Sound of Loneliness is a story of love, and how a poor starving man chasing a dream came to the understanding that amidst the clamour of life, the sound of loneliness is the most deafening of all.
As usual having not read the blurb, I had no idea what I was getting myself into except for the title and the cover. So imagine my surprise at the raw and in-your-face tone of the book. It goes deep, much deeper than the words on the periphery.
If you give this book time (which is essential especially if you, like me, love a speedy read instead of one that barely moves), it evolves into something else entirely. There is this basic, raw feel to it which is kind of strange, even ‘eww’y at times but therein lies the reality, the crux of this book.
The feelings come through so stark naked – the desperation, the make-believe, even the chewing of food is felt. Did I just lost you there? Well, that’s how I felt while reading the book. I kind of got the insanity while at times wanting to slap the main character for his idiocy.
I’m not sure about the sound of loneliness but the book did make me feel so many things. It’s just unlike anything I have ever read. And even though I was tempted to give up a number of times because I am too ADD for slow-moving books, I held on and am glad I did. It was worth it.
The book is deep on so many levels that I hope to re-read it sometime in the near future to derive it all.
Overall, a raw-y, eww-y kind of deep, dark read that makes you fall off the wagon. :-p
Recommended for readers who aren’t looking for a nice, fluffy, happy-go-lucky book.
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About the author: Craig Wallwork lives in West Yorkshire, England. He is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His short stories have appeared in many publications in the US and the UK. He is the author of the short story collection Quintessence of Dust, and the novels To Die Upon a Kiss and The Sound of Loneliness. Craig is also the fiction editor at Menacing Hedge Magazine. Connect with Craig on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.