The Clouds Still Hang by Patrick C. Notchtree
A trilogy telling a story of love and loyalty, betrothal and betrayal, triumph
and tragedy; novels that chart one man’s attempts to rise above the legacy
of a traumatic childhood.
The first book deals with Simon’s childhood friendship and eventually love
affair with an older boy, the second the trauma of his teenage years and early
adulthood, the third his struggle to maintain equilibrium and the consequences
of his failure at one point to achieve that.
It is a fictional biography, written because it tells a strong story which
raises many issues over six decades, the post war baby boomer generation who in many ways never had it so good.
His own experience is probably unique, yet will strike a chord with many others who have been through similar things, as well as those with an interest in such matters, either personal or professional.
It’s a varied, exciting, demanding, sometimes terrifying life story..
Part 1, “The Book of Daniel” has received 5 star reviews and enthusiastically tweeted about. Read here: http://www.limebury.com/books.html
It is not suitable for those under 18 years or who find explicit sexual narrative, including sexual violence, offensive.
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“An insightful story”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Jac
Patrick C. Notchtree tells the unusual story of his life through his alter ego Simon. Simon is an insecure boy who suffers from the unhappy relationship between his parents. At school he is bullied and has learning difficulties.
The book is in three parts and in the first, he is taken under the wings of a neighbourhood boy, two years his senior. This will change his life. In the second part, the contrast between the blissful time of his friendship with Daniel, which is ended by a traumatic event, and what happens after that could not be greater. There is an uphill struggle with failures and successes. With desperate actions that could have caused that this book never to have been written. But it leads, in the start of the third part to another turning point for the better, when he meets his future wife. The struggle is not over, but the book has a happy ending.
Mr. Notchtree is a proficient and at times captivating writer and I was sucked into the book. It conveys a great feeling of veracity and you really get to know to Simon, who is kind, affectionate and helpful but also at times very insecure. The writer’s talent is such that you can very much sympathize with him. And the process of him getting insight into himself is very revealing. Especially in part three, where this leads to an unexpected friendship.
What make the book unusual is the very honest description of the relationship between Simon and Daniel. It started in his pre-teens and cannot be described other than as a love affair, in all aspects. This has effects and consequences in later life that are minutely described in the book. Simon talks about some things that happen as “his crimes”. But I really think that this is much more because society thinks this way than that they really are crimes. This one of the reasons why you should really read the book.
About the Author
Patrick now lives in the north of England with his wife and has his son and granddaughters nearby. Much of his life is reflected in the biographical trilogy “The Clouds Still Hang”, so to repeat too many biographical details here would be something of a ‘spoiler’!
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