The Sound of Loneliness
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My shallow taste in books does not usually allow for anything without a supernatural/sci-fi or fantasy element to it, and this book has none of those, so you would be forgiven for thinking that I gave it an automatic 5 stars because the book's in my 'authors I know' section, but I 'know' him because I have always admired his writing.
Anyway, there are plenty of good reasons why the 'it's amazing' tag is deserved.
What I loved about this book is that the plot is thin, there isn't much undulations to it. I imagine the Author will hate me for saying it, but there isn't much going on, other than a pastiche of life itself. What is fantastic about this piece of work is in how it delivers the almost mundane and at times bleak narrative. Every s ...more
My interview with Craig at Monkeybicycle.
There is just one problem. Daniel isn’t writing and his best friend’s paper has just turned down one of his short stories. For much of the novel, the reader follows Daniel in and ...more
‘Dear mother, Dear mother, the Church is cold, but the Alehouse is healthy, and pleasant, and warm.’
It doesn’t take long to work out that this opening is very apt.
Daniel Crabtree is a barfly of sorts – more of a pubfly really. The pubs he frequents don’t have any of the dramatic or romantic connotations that one often finds in American fiction, rather they are down to earth places where men hide out and hang out and do little ...more
Daniel Crabtree is a magnificence main character. He is 'both' the antagonist and protagonist in his own life; which much more closely resembles real life.
The 'feelings', (anger, disappointment, frustration, hopelessness, hope, sadness, etc.), we experience through Daniel are universal --yet somehow Daniel's feels a little more 'extreme'.
I appreciate that the author never asks the reader to feel sorry for Daniel. In fact, you fall in lov ...more
Did you take a good look at the cover? Isn’t it so creative? I really liked it. And the title is catchy too. Reason enough to pick this book? Maybe.
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 inste ...more
I'd never read any of his work before and this was truly a treat. I recommend this book for writers. Craig Wallwork is a writer's writer.
Also, I've already coined using Crabtree as an adjective, you people are welcome for that.
Thank me later.
Editor of SYW Magazine
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Something has always resonated with me in the first stanza of the poem above by Christina Rosetti.
This has been a long, painstakingly, dreary winter and spring. There are still huge snow banks. The sidewalks have turned to ice skating lanes as the temperatures warm up during the day, but freeze during the night. No ...more
The main character of this book is Daniel Crabtree. He is in his early 20′s and has recently moved out from his mother’s house, his father having died when he was 13 years old. He is now living on his own, considers himself a struggling writer and living from some sort of government welfare. He thinks th ...more
Yup, it made me laugh throughout, but uncle (writing) that arsewipe comment had me laughing the most. Here is my full review:
I said somewhere that after reading the first half of – Loneliness, it felt like I was experiencing my first real influence of 2013. Having just finished reading this fine story today that initial feeling still holds true.
I don’t really want to tal ...more
Living off his monthly unemployment checks, Daniel begs or borrows (and occasionally steals) everyth ...more
The Sound of Loneliness is about Daniel Crabtree, a young man in the UK trying to make it as a writer. In an effort to make his writing genuine, Daniel lives in poverty, scraping by on unemployment checks and intentionally starving himself. He suffers from severe delusions o ...more
Crabtree is a narcissistic loner who enjoys looking down on lesser people, deludin ...more
This read is as gorgeous as it is heartbreaking. Crabtree is a mostly detestable young man with such a hatred for the world around him, but Wallwork manages to spark the tiniest bits of pure human emotion in this character that you can't hate him but rather sympathi ...more
Loneliness will leave you with a feeling of desolation like no other. It does not ho ...more
It was brilliantly written, almost like a modern classic, but for me there was too much prose, and not enough dialogue. It was probably around a 4:1 ratio prose:dialogue. There was more speech towards the end of the book, and I began to enjoy the story more when that happened.
I found it ha ...more
I’m so unsure if I liked this book or not. It’s probably one of the most honest books I’ve read to date. It doesn’t give you fluffy, happy, cute moments. It’s raw, harsh and at times, gross. But it’s interesting. I was often torn between just wanting to put it away and wanting to continue reading the next chapter.
Daniel Crabtree aims to be a writer. It’s something he feels very strongly about. Now although he doesn’t appear to ever get anything published in the book, I will g ...more
This is my first encounter with Craig's work and I will definitely be seeking out more of his material. This was a rare instance where I was left thinking about the book for a few weeks after reading it. It was written in a very steady, confident style and the story .. well, it's a tough one to describe. It's about life. As it is. Not dressed up in flowery prose but delivered in a raw, dark emotive voice which is rather unique. A very thought-pro ...more
He is the twice Pushcart nominated writer of over 40 short stories, and the author of the books To Die Upon a Kiss, The Sound of Loneliness, Quintessence of Dust and Gory Hole.