The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness

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The main concern lurking persistently in my mind, a fat man wearing oven gloves trying to open a packet of Skittles, is I'm going to need somewhere to leave my bags, or I'll be forever chained to them, like an ageing rodeo star to horses. No retired rodeo star leaves his house without apples in both his pockets in case he sees a horse. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of the book. All rights reserved. The trademarks and names of other companies and products mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness

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To find out more read our privacy policy. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. Halfway down the first page, I realized I stumbled into the peculiar world of Craig Stone. His disjointed, stream-of-consciousness writing reminded me of Hunter S. Thompson on a drug-induced rant. His metaphors take the most unlikely combinations and make them fit. And thanks to Stone for warning me not to forget to look up in the trees.

It is funny. It is clever. It is witty. It is deep. It is sad sometimes. It is a lot of things that make you fall head first into this story, making you read and read and read, not knowing when you are going to put the book down.

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The story of Colossus Sosloss, who got tired of living an empty life and tried to escape from the solitude he was feeling, despite being surrounded by lots of people. Colossus leaves everything and becomes part of the anonymous crowd of homeless people who live in parks. This is a clever story of how he tried to survive in Gladstone Park, even when facing some unexpected and nasty events. Very rich in metaphors, it may seem to be a difficult book to read.

On the contrary, the metaphors are easily recognizable, and we all can understand what it is being said there. This story contains other stories within, that help to understand the overall context of the book. If you enjoy satirical, funny, very clever stories, this is the book for you.

I have given to it 5 stars, but only because I cannot give it One of the best books I have read this year so far.

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I smile whenever I think about this book! I giggled, shivered, snorted, bit my lip, chuckled and laughed out loud much to chagrin of my family…though my reactions did encourage my daughter to read it too! Incredibly unique in its vision and setting, this book is literally a lexicon of madness. Several different stories developed…and I must admit to confusion at times but in a good way!

The friendliest wild squirrel I've ever met.

It was comedic, horrific, sad, beautiful and touching all at once. Well worth a read and some extreme escapism! A manic walk in the park brings the reader closer to jealous trees, giant caterpillars, angry park attendants and the role of the marginalized person sitting next to you on that broken down park bench. Yes, that one, the person you just slid away from because he had a distinct eau de je ne sais quoi about him. In this book, laugh out loud moments alternate with poignant insights into humanity—and the lack thereof.

If we are only human by the abode we own, then what were our ancestors who lived in caves?

The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness

Yet, by Neanderthal caste systems, dark, stinky caverns ruled. Once again, we are reminded that appearances are deceiving. The British author, Craig Stone, is as interesting a person as the characters he creates. Miserable at his day job, he decided to take a leap of faith. His path to success was all or nothing, victory or death.

Some spoilers if you continue reading… He quit his job and dropped out of the white-collar world with all its trappings and amenities. Unemployed, he had to give up his residence. His only solace, an A4 notepad and a pen. Like the author, the main character Colossus Sosloss also quits his job, becomes homeless and sleeps in the park. He learns to adroitly dodge dog poo and falling bird droppings, then deftly hides his bagged personal belongings from the diligent and watchful park employees. Colossus observes the other homeless who reside at the park.

Many of them with treatable or controllable mental illness but, in the post-Margaret Thatcher England, such individuals are human refuse.

Dumped into society to fend for themselves and spiral downward amongst the neatly-trimmed hedges and glistening, manicured lawn of the sprawling public space. Which include a lost parrot and an unfortunate man named Squirrel. We follow Colossus on his journey to the edge of sanity, with humorous interjections and clever idioms. Today, no longer homeless, Craig Stone is probably one of the most promising young writers to grace the indie and self-publishing world.

Though at 31, Stone is a surprisingly mature author who seems to transcend the generations.

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His literary work is suitable for the very young and for those who have lived an interesting life The Squirrel That Dreamt Of Madness is an imaginative tale that can only come from a brilliant, albeit delightfully demented, mind. Stone mixes humor with the cold, stark reality of life. Everything and everyone, is a metaphor for something either sinister or truthful. Gifted students may soon find this book on their required reading list for their advanced High School contemporary literature class.

The author does not have a long laundry list of writers who inspired him, though he definitely channels some Steinbeckian qualities the novel was written during the height of the Great Recession and J. Like Hemingway who retreated to the wild and lawless pre-Castro Cuba to pen his magnum opus The Old Man and the Sea, Stone chose to immerse himself in a colder and wetter climate to experience what his character had to endure.

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The old adage, you write what you know, still rings resonantly true. Stone certainly writes what he knows, and writes it exceptionally well. This book is laugh out loud funny. Craig Stone showed me that he has awesome storytelling skills with a story of a guy living in a park while living in the park — really? He pulled it off! I bet Mr. Stone could take any idea and turn it into an entertaining story. I have to admit that there were a few parts in the story where I felt embarrassed for Colossus. Then I would bring it all back to reality — anything goes when you are homeless and living in a park. I have never laughed at poo before and this book had me rolling on the floor!