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A Voice Through A Cloud
     

A Voice Through A Cloud

by Denton Welch
 

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A Voice through a Cloud is English novelist Denton Welch's moving account of his recovery from a bicycling accident that left him partially paralyzed at the age of 20. Espouser of picnics and bicycle rides, cataloger of exquisite textures, pitiless surgeon of affect and mores, and also a pretty good painter, Denton Welch has drawn fans as far removed from

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A Voice through a Cloud is English novelist Denton Welch's moving account of his recovery from a bicycling accident that left him partially paralyzed at the age of 20. Espouser of picnics and bicycle rides, cataloger of exquisite textures, pitiless surgeon of affect and mores, and also a pretty good painter, Denton Welch has drawn fans as far removed from his world of English pastoralism as William Burroughs and Richard Hell. Characterized by Welch's mercilessly acute powers of observation, A Voice Through a Cloud is a tour-de-force of both rigorous, detached self-analysis and clear-eyed external description, as Welch lies in a hospital bed, struggling with his illness and his relationships with family and doctor. Completed as Welch was dying 13 years later from complications resulting from the accident, and first published in 1950, A Voice through a Cloud's pristine prose sparkles with gleaming surfaces, human motivations clearly perceived and a steadiness of tone and register. While In Youth Is Pleasure is probably Welch's best-loved book, and Maiden Voyage his most scandalous, A Voice through a Cloud is his masterpiece, containing his most accomplished writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878972156
Publisher:
Exact Change
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
900,716
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.05(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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William S. Burroughs
"When asked what writer has most directly influenced my own work I can answer without hesitation: Denton Welch."
Jocelyn Brooke
"I can think of no writer who has described extreme physical and mental agony with a more appalling vividness. The real horror implicit in the book is that pain is the only reality."

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