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Kiss The Sky [Kindle Edition]

DC Gallin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

London in the heady nineties.

Claudia drops out of college to become an artist. It's snowing when she moves into a Victorian sweets factory in the East End of London and from this unheated warehouse studio her quest unfolds...

Some books you just can't put down. This isn't one of them. You have to put it down from time to time, to absorb all the colours and fragrances and sounds you've just been reading. After a while you can go back for another toke. It's a powerful hit, a rush, a psychedelic life-sized pop-up book, a carnival ride through all that's good and bad about the city's underbelly and you'll love the realism of the London settings. Dave Parrett, London

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (21 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CLP8IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DC Gallin spends her time between London and Southern Spain, land of the guitar, snow-capped mountains and eagles circling in the sky. During winter months the family gathers around log fires, while starry summer nights are spent cooling off on the rooftop with the plaintive voice of Flamenco drifting over from the gypsy barrio, accompanied by the sound of howling dogs, braying donkeys and the odd pair of mating cats...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is something TRULY special! 26 Mar. 2012
By Viskan
Format:Kindle Edition
Kiss the Sky - DC Gallin

On one of my last trips to London I found myself in Camden with my friend Jim, we were approached by this lady who was selling her book which was called "Woman in the Sky". We spoke to the lady for a while and Jim bought me the book. It sat in my bookcase for over a half a year before I picked it up and when I started reading it I kept telling myself off for not picking it up before.
Jim... thank you for buying me that book!

In this book we follow Claudia an artist who moves into a studio on Cable Street, East London. But much to her parents dismay she decided to follow her own dreams instead of following the ones her parents had for her.
Claudia hasn't been there long when she meets Paloma a french girl who is house-sitting nearby, but they become good friends but their friendship changes Claudias life forever.
Claudias choices may not always be the right ones but she makes the best out of every situation she gets into. Her choice in men I do find questionable but we don't control who we fall in love with.
The end made my heart flutter as I'd had my suspicions and when I was right I literally yelled out "YES"!

I am currently waiting for the next book from DC Gallin, "Kiss the Sky" was so personal it made me wonder if the author had lived what she'd just written about.

I do admit that when I saw the title "Kiss the Sky" I really was hoping it was a second book from DC, but I'll wait patiently for the next installment. The characters are very easy to relate to and it made me wish I was of that generation and could have lived in those times and experienced those things.

Thank you DC for a book that I'll always remember and especially for writing something that gave me goosebumps and a feeling that I was really reading something TRULY special and not something that's been used time and time again.

4.5 out of 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kiss of a book 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." The characters in "Kiss the Sky" by D C Gallin certainly prove this nugget of wisdom to be true. However, George Bernard Shaw also wrote, "Youth is wasted on the young." and the characters in Gallin's book show that Shaw may have had it right once, but not twice.

Gallin's stunningly realistic cast of artists, hedonists and other, purposeful and not-so-purposeful misfits are the oddest of heroes in the oddest of wars: the peaceful effort to maintain individuality, creative integrity and personal freedom in London. Claudia and her partners in crime and fun, Q and Paloma, crash in industrial squats, paint, create, photograph and dance their way through life fueled by passion for art, love and dreaming of a world where they can do as they wish, for as long as they wish, provided they do no one harm.

The freedom of their life, lived on the outer fringes of society, is palpable in Gallin's pages. You can feel the thump of the bass and drums in your chest and feel the trickles of perspiration across your body as you dance until dawn. Reading Gallin's excellent book is like attending a novel-long rave where the sex is hot, the music is loud and the people you meet are trippy, interesting beings following not the trusted, paved path.

But, eventually, the rave ends, the sun comes up and life's challenges creep in. Claudia and her friends find that the light of day sometimes brings an unforeseen perspective and, as is always true, some bad characters bent on using people try to work their way in to the circles of trust and freedom. Eventually, Claudia finds herself in what the poet Corso called "the most common of situations...trembling and knowledged with responsibility".
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Kiss the Sky 5 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Apart from bringing back memories of my own experiences of London during the 1990's; the places and sounds, the people and youth culture movement, and the general optimism and excitement about new age experiences, Kiss the Sky portrays this same atmosphere through the eyes of a self- liberated new age feminist, determined to make it as an artist and maintain her free spirit, despite her middle class shackles and other elements which attempt to frustrate her contemporary psychedelic philosophy.

Some readers may feel that Gallin relies somewhat on our personal memories to recall tunes from titles or lines of music and to fill in on details of squat parties, vernacular expressions or geography of London and so on. But the gestures of carefully chosen verbal brushstrokes created enough of an impression, for me at least, not to require elaborate descriptions of these peripheral features, and the story is told beautifully, without the need for historical encumberment.

As colourful a story as the paintings described in the book, as fresh as the young painter who takes the narrative and as sexy as those wild times were in Acid London, Kiss the Sky is a lighter, sweeter, rainbow coloured version of the Irvine Welsh chemical generation writers, though not without grit and style. I recommend this title to anyone who takes inspiration from or enjoys reading about consciousness expansion, cheeky exploits and lessons learned in youth cultures, and particularly of those times of the explosion of acid house parties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and fun read that touches on some harshness' of reality
I realy enjoyed this book.

The story paints a headenistic but also a real and raw picture of what it is like to be young, artistic and free in a big city - taking risks... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ania Caink
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotive read
If you’re old enough to remember the 90s, you’re likely to be spellbound by this book.

There’s quite a few subjects contained within the story that will raise some... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will exceed your expectations!
What I liked the most about this book was the element of surprise. I was able to live vicariously through the characters and go on a journey with Claudia. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicole Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars An Addictive Read!
This book was given to me as a birthday present and I enjoyed it immensely. It tells of the trials and tribulations of a fun loving young woman moving to London, her party antics... Read more
Published 19 months ago by orgiva rubia
3.0 out of 5 stars Kiss the sky
This was an ok book, the preview of it seemed really good but i didnt finish the book as i found it became boring in the end, there wasnt a huge gripping plot behind it to keep me... Read more
Published on 18 April 2013 by Victoria Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars pure hedonistic escapism!
This book cheered me out of my fog of gloom over 2 and a half rainy days! I found my self digging my nose in at every possible opportunity. Read more
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by BessieRay
4.0 out of 5 stars Kissed the Sky
The title of this book reminded me of the Hendrix lyric. Coupled with the trippy cover, I turned the first page with certain expectations of the storyline. Read more
Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Richard White
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss the Sky
friendship, music, love, ecstasy, sex, laughter, tears, fears, happiness, sadness, squating, relationships, death, life....
That's what you will find in this awesome book. Read more
Published on 16 Mar. 2013 by benny
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning read...
This book made me feel happy, free, wise and spirited. It has stayed with me forever since I picked it up...or did it take me with it...? Highly highly recommended read!
Published on 14 Mar. 2013 by Jonsc0tt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought the hard copy from the author on a random visit to campden town. So glad I stopped and spoke to her now as I have read this book a fair few times now so I had to have it... Read more
Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by Me
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