Review: The Sound of Loneliness – Craig Wallwork
Daniel Crabtree’s life is anything but normal. He struggles to get by day to day, unable to fully make ends meet. He’s yearned for a better life, one where he has an adequate roof over his head, and food to properly fill his belly. Never a day goes by when he doesn’t wish to change his circumstances. He’s tired of living in the pits of despair, tired of having nothing to his name. He needs to make something happen, but he’s not quite sure as to what he needs to do in order to achieve that very fact.
Daniel spends most of his time lamenting his misfortune. Throughout his wayward existence, he’s tried to produce a story that will change life as he knows it. Unfortunately, his writing leaves a lot to be desired. He’s tried his best to pour his heart and soul into his words, but nothing he does seems to change things. Never-the-less, he’s determined to find the silver lining beneath the cloud that hovers over his head. He knows it’s there, but he just needs to look deep enough in order to find it.
His life takes a different turn when the young and lovely Emma makes an appearance. She’s beautiful, a little shy, and stirs emotions in him he never thought possible. Deep inside, he knows he shouldn’t entertain thoughts about her. She’s much younger than he is, after all. Yet he can’t help himself. She makes him think about things he knows he shouldn’t, and makes him want to change the world she lives in.
The more time they spend together, the more things change for Daniel. With his writing on the back burner, soon all he thinks about is Emma. In his mind, she deserves the best of what the world can offer. She means the world to him, and he’d do anything to show her just how much. Unfortunately, with the way he lives his life, that’s nearly impossible. Most especially with the fact that he barely has anything to his name. Never-the-less, he’s determined to make the most of what he’s got in hopes of achieving a bright and better future.
A thought-provoking book, The Sound of Loneliness is a look into a man’s life as he struggles to find meaning within his bleak existence. Everywhere he looks, he finds that nothing changes. Not his life, his family, nor everything he does to try to see the world in a better life. He’s lived with the idea that if he’s to succeed in life, he must sacrifice the things that mean the most to him. Unfortunately, trying to keep everything balanced within his fragile existence isn’t as easy as it looks.
Craig has written a story that captures the reader’s attention as we try to understand what makes Daniel Crabtree tick. This story is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are quite a few situations that are described quite graphically throughout the book. Situations that might leave a person astounded by what the character encounters in his every day life. Despite that, though, the book is definitely an intriguing read.
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
Welcome to Novel Publicity’s first ever publishing house blog tour. Join us as three new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Trifecta–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!
About the book: Manchester in 1991 is a town suffering under the weight of high unemployment and massive government budgetary deficits that is plunging the UK into a recession.
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.
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.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of The Sound of Loneliness, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Stranger Will by Caleb J Ross or Angel Falls by Michael Paul Gonzalez. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
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Learn more about The Sound of Loneliness‘s tour mates HERE.