The unrivalled transcendence of Willem J. Gyle by J. D. Dixon

“A brave book that demands to be read… One of the best accounts of homelessness that I have read. Drink deep of this book.” Netgalley “A lyrical, haunting novel.” The Book Cove “A gritty and somewhat dark story about Willem, a man who lives in a world limited by his intellectual capabilities. This book was…

“A brave book that demands to be read… One of the best accounts of homelessness that I have read. Drink deep of this book.”
Netgalley

“A lyrical, haunting novel.”
The Book Cove

“A gritty and somewhat dark story about Willem, a man who lives in a world limited by his intellectual capabilities. This book was certainly a sad and hard look into how society views and treats those who don’t “fit” into the parameters of what is considered normal, and how individuals tend to reveal the worst of humanity when it benefits them – no matter the harm to someone who can’t fully defend themselves. It left a very melancholy and depressing feeling when I finished it, but had many insightful truths that are around us every day.”
Am At Home

In a Scotland beset with depression, Willem is one victim among many. He loses his job, his mother dies and he is forced out of the flat they shared. Seeing no other option, he takes to the streets of Edinburgh, where he soon learns the cruelty felt outside the confines of his comfortable life. Stories from his past are interwoven with his current strife as he tries to figure out the nature of this new world and the indignities it brings. Determined to live freely, he leaves Edinburgh, hiking into the Scottish Highlands to seek solitude, peace and an unhampered, pure vision of life at nature’s breast.

The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle is at once a lyrical, haunting novel and a set piece in the rage of an oppressed, forgotten community. J. D. Dixon’s sparse, brutal language captures the energy and isolation of desperation, uniting despondency and untrammelled anger in the person of his protagonist.
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“A must read parable of modern times”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Sairy T

This is a story of our times; it tells the tale of Willem J Gyle, an uneducated simple minded labourer who is allowed to slip between the cracks of our society when he loses his job and then his home through no fault of his own.

One at first feels sympathy for him. This sympathy gradually evaporates to be replaced with a feeling of horror, much as it does for Lester Ballard in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, as Willem, brutalized by society, turns into a brute himself. There are points where Willem could have halted this downward spiral but is unable to, until one irrecoverable act of violence seals him to his path.

The prose is beautifully crafted and quickly draws the reader in, much like McCarthy’s. I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to more work by this talented new author.

About the Author

J. D. Dixon was born in London in 1990. He studied English Literature and History at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before pursuing a career as a writer. He currently lives with his wife, the psychologist Dr Lauren Hadley, in Edinburgh.

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