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A Bricklayer's Tales: A Collection of Short Stories and memoirs (The Ray Dennis Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I really, really enjoyed this book, yet I note one reviewer has written that he finds the world of “alcoholics, drug addicts and chain smokers really depressing,” Well why download the book then? For me, this book gives you exactly what it says on the tin. Troia himself describes Ray as having “three expensive hobbies: drinking, drugs, and running away” and also as “a truly messed up person with potential, struggling to keep his messed up mind from drowning in cheap wine and self-loathing.”
So if he finds that depressing, perhaps this particular reviewer would be better off reading Brontë’s Wuthering Heights or Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind or Forster’s Room with a View where an unexpected kiss in a field of violets would perhaps lift his spirits.
I loved Bricklayer’s Tales. Troia captures the feelings of the British construction worker as day after day he climbs up the ladder to just one more shaky scaffold platform and reflects on an empty space that by the end of the day will be magically transformed to a wall of brick. He hates his co-workers and doesn’t want to join in their banal conversations. In fact he doesn’t even want to be there. But he knows it’s the only way to ensure he has the wine and drugs he requires to get him through the next weekend.
The book takes us on a few substance-induced trips, which are catalogued with such skill that the reader truly feels the dark edge of this man’s life.Read more ›
A true account of the realities of Bricklaying,I know exactly where your coming from,at first I didn't realise you had done Bricklaying,and thought it was fiction,but as I read more I could tell you had first hand experience ,especially the part with the Foreman with the "top hoddy" and the other Brickie all hanging on to his every word,seen too many of them over the years!Written with some black humour that a construction worker would understand!
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Not my cup of tea. I read a little bit but not quite my kind of book. Sorry.Published 21 months ago by Dangermouse
I found this book to be easy to read, down to earth, a little sad but probably a honest reflection ...Published 22 months ago by Bimbellina
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