The Clouds Still Hang: The Complete Trilogy Kindle Edition
|Length: 524 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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An amazing book!!
"This beautifully written story about the power of love, and the
ability to forgive oneself is the most moving book I have read
in a long time.
Very powerful and thought provoking read.
"Just finished Clouds. Been through full range of emotions
- sympathy, disappointment, frustration, but what a read. Loved it."
"I've never read a book that's taken hold of me in such an emotional way. It's on my mind weeks later. I see your pics on your website and I can see the book I read. Lovely."
The twists and turns and ups and downs of Simon's life were addictive. I couldn't wait to resume reading every evening, but he was always on my mind when I went to sleep. I really felt I knew Simon well.
Tough to read but worth it,
After reading the first book "The Book of Daniel" I felt such anguish at it's ending so I downloaded this trilogy "The Clouds Still Hang" which continues with the two additional books of the story. During the second book my stomach was a wreck, my guts were twisted. This story is tough to read but well worth it. I just wanted to fix all the problems Simon faced throughout the remaining story. So many people with their own agendas causing situations that Simon couldn't control. Even at the end of the book I feel like a good cry.
This is an honest and perceptive "account of one person's struggle with the demons within" ... by the end of the book, the stance is more decidedly positive: Simon achieves a measure of contentment through an acceptance of the duality of his nature, that he can love deeply his wife of many years at the same time as being unashamed of homosexual loves both in his past and present. There are no easy answers offered, but the struggle itself (which the book is an expression of) seems to be held up as achievement and accomplishment enough. Can any of us really hope for more from life?
Finished the book earlier this week. A very emotional read. Your book was v enjoyable, emotional and sad. Tweets are not long enough to explain the roller coaster of emotions I felt. how I wished I could have been there to help so many times. Again ty for this book
One of the more enjoyable reads I have had in some time .... I immediately bought the complete book in both the print and eBook versions. That attests to how eager I was to follow the story of Simon and Daniel, and how obligated I felt to the author for providing me with such a wonderful experience. Your book touched me deeply; it dealt with the subject of coming of age with a similar attitude to my own. Until lately, that was unknown in the published world, and it is still rare. You were able to engage me as a reader and as a person; that is special, and it would have been ungrateful and unforgivable of me to remain silent about what you have written.
I have just finished reading this book, this beautifully written book. It's a story about 2 young boys that form a beautiful friendship, that goes into a tale of their sexual awakenings.
I could not put it down, I read many many books, and this hand on heart is the best thing I have read. the last view chapters I was in tears.
Follow anything this guy writes, this book is a classic.
Altogether, for me this is a breakthrough book for its sensitive portrayal of adolescent sexuality, and its ability to relate to most people's childhood experiences.
This is a wonderful little book about a slowly developing love story. The story of these two boys who are friends, then lovers, their family lives, their mutual admiration and friendship and the word that they never dare to say. It is a tender story, it is a loving story, at times funny, at times sad, at times sexy - a bit like life.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File size : 1273 KB
- Print length : 524 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Limebury Books (10 October 2012)
- ASIN : B009PC5FZY
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0957236123
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,012,090 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have just finished reading it from cover to cover, I have cried, I have laughed, but most of all my heart aches for "Simon and James.
I can not remember such a read, becoming so involved in a book before.
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So many questions were ‘begged’ as I read it and I asked myself
“why? Why? Why did or didn’t he do that?”
One couldn’t read this heartrending book without at least yearning for Simon to somehow find Daniel again.
What motivates a person to become a Probation Officer?
How can they allow their personal feelings to colour the way they work with a client? How can they “lie” as is asserted in this book, about their dealings with a client? Possibly because they know very well that no-one will believe the word of a convicted criminal. This is a disturbing element in this book and one which I have also read about elsewhere. The allegedly dubious and manipulative behaviour of certain Probation Officers, which will become evident if you read this book to the end, gave me much cause for concern.
Two things which shine through all the grief, worry and misfortune is the enduring love of the author’s wife for him and his for her despite all she has had to cope with and despite Simon’s open and continuing love for James. The other is the courage and persistence not only which the author displayed as he finally came out of a very dark, bleak period of his life and came to terms with his gayness, but went to such lengths to remember and record the detail here.
The book did resonate with some aspects of my own life particularly regarding bullying which so many youngsters have to endure and which can continue into later life. Assertiveness is a life skill which I believe should be taught in school. Being gay as a young person is a lot “easier” these days than it was in the 60s when it was never talked about to my recollection. The impact of this book will stay with me for a very long time.
Due to the subject matter (homosexuality, underage sex, bullying, rape, suicide) this is not a book for the faint-hearted or easily offended. But if you're open minded and non-judgemental I think you'll find it enlightening and a damn good read. You'll also come to realise, if you didn't already know, that not all sex offenders are "perverts" - many are just ordinary people who have ended up in certain situations due to things they've experienced during their life. The story also gives an insight into what life can be like for these people after they've been sentenced, and goes into some detail about the treatment programme aimed at helping their rehabilitation.
I don't know whether or not this trilogy is a memoir, but the detail and depth of understanding and knowledge strongly suggests that it is at least based on a true story. If so, I sincerely hope that "Simon" has gone on to live a happy and peaceful life.
I kept reading, thinking that it might improve but it didn't.
Although it is self indulgent, it does give a realistic insight into one person's experience growing up as gay child and teenager in 1950s England.
That it stretches into a full biography with chapters dedicated to piles and mental problems is unfortunate.
The style of writing is very straightforward and narrative.
Brings home how difficult life was (and possibly still is) for gay men. The twists and turns and ups and downs of Simon's life were addictive. I couldn't wait to resume reading every evening, but he was always on my mind when I went to sleep.
I really felt I knew Simon well.