Crippled Artist, Brilliant Writer,
This review is from: A Voice through a Cloud (Kluwer International Series in) (Paperback)
A Voice Through a Cloud
Denton Welch's novels, reissued in Penguin in the 1960s, are transparently autobiographical. Nevertheless his writing has a strange power and immediacy. He is a perceptive neurotic, 'a born writer' as Edith Sitwell put it, always struggling against what he perceives as a hostile world.
A Voice Through A Cloud tells of the end his youth as an art student, a time when he was knocked off his bicycle and suffered horrendous injuries, which in the end proved fatal. In his convalescence he wrote and drew, going back to his earlier life. In Youth is Pleasure, a collection of short stories, portrays a reclusive sensitive youth bemused by an ugly insensitive world.
Welch, the quintessential outsider, at times reminds me of the hero of Hunger, even of K in Kafka's The Trial.
I was pleased to find hie was much appreciated by Alan Bennett in his autobiography. A bicycle in the hedge, Bennett suggests, would be a perfect title for Welch.