By Michael Bailey
Michael Bailey’s new novel charts the unsettling and robust tale of 1 younger man’s slide right into a pressured reality.
‘I were highly encouraged by means of JD Salinger – The Catcher within the Rye,’ observes Edinburgh writer Michael. ‘I get pleasure from utilizing the 1st individual narrative and this sort works good with An Hour within the Darkness.’
Michael’s novel starts off while his narrator, Franklin, suffers a bang on his head that jars his snatch on truth. Franklin starts off his determined trip via his domestic city in his seek of affection, forgiveness and figuring out. He reveals convenience in conversations along with his younger sister Jenny – yet as he unearths himself to be a hugely unreliable narrator, we needs to ask if Jenny exists or is simply a figment of his stricken brain?
Franklin is more and more wasting contact with fact while, opposed to the backdrop of an area landmark he meets a guy he believes to be God. This stranger tells of his personal son who had related difficulties and in his expanding confusion Franklin believes the guy is likening him to Jesus. As Franklin’s lifestyles spirals extra uncontrolled his behaviour turns into ever extra erratic, culminating in his touching, scary makes an attempt to win the affections of market-girl Ronnie, who's interested and fearful in flip through this unusual, humorous, in poor health younger man.
Dealing with such common issues as loss, love, guilt, forgiveness, relationships and psychological overall healthiness, this can be an unsettling, yet strong, novel in order to attract readers of books corresponding to The surprise of the autumn.
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I see her relationships with other people and it makes me see how I am with her. She makes me transparent, see-through to mysel( I don't like seeing myself the way I do her. She makes it harder for me to lie to myself, or she makes it harder for me to lie to myself without thinking about the implications. But then I think about this whole other life she lives when I'm not around and the comparison I'm making starts to make no sense. It's plain she has nothing to do with me. I'm back in my room.
It's another way of saying they know me. My father is watching television. There was just something on about the dead actor. My mother looks up from her Gameboy, over the top of her glasses and says that it's a shame that he's dead because he was young and had a promising career ahead of him. I don't think she's ever seen any of his films, but that's what all the people on the radio have been saying so I guess she got it from there. When Luke's father is cremated, will he look scared? Are dead people still afraid?
He says that it's a pain because when something is being delivered, the people delivering it don't give an exact time for their arrival; they just say expect us between these set hours, like that period is dead air on TV waiting for a test pattern. I don't think he's really justified in being angry about it, though, because I doubt he 39 would have gone out anyway. People look for things to blame. Our new neighbours are on their drive loading cardboard boxes out from the boot of a silver car that looks a lot like ours and into their porch.