To Die Upon a Kiss

To Die Upon a Kiss After a foolish act of rebellion uncovers a horrible truth about his father s death SADLER TRUMAN is forced to accept the certainty that in less than six months time he will die of a rare heart disea

  • Title: To Die Upon a Kiss
  • Author: Craig Wallwork
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 306
  • Format: ebook
  • After a foolish act of rebellion uncovers a horrible truth about his father s death, SADLER TRUMAN is forced to accept the certainty that in less than six months time he will die of a rare heart disease.Fearing madness will arrive quicker than the last beat of his heart, Sadler immerses himself in the humdrum daily activities of sleep, going to work, and visiting his fatheAfter a foolish act of rebellion uncovers a horrible truth about his father s death, SADLER TRUMAN is forced to accept the certainty that in less than six months time he will die of a rare heart disease.Fearing madness will arrive quicker than the last beat of his heart, Sadler immerses himself in the humdrum daily activities of sleep, going to work, and visiting his father s grave A regular part of this routine is attending the Accident and Emergency department of his local hospital, a ritual he finds hard to break after reading heart attacks mostly occur during the hours of 6.00am to 9.00am Here he meets Prudence, an overly sexual Dispenser who works at the hospital s pharmacy To Sadler, Prudence is the perfect distraction, a welcomed interruption in his new routine But Prudence s persuasive charm and reasoning draws Sadler into the seedy underbelly of mortality Believing to witness death firsthand will help assist his fears about his own, Prudence involves him in an experiment that may cost him his sanity and the lives of innocent people.As each month passes, Sadler begins to question Prudence s motives, and how their lives have become so fortuitously interlinked But has the weight of all his victims become too much Is the line between life and death interchangeable Can one suffer a life worst than death Seeking these answers, Sadler sets upon a voyage of self discovery, one that will involve unearthing secrets to his past and revisiting memories he fears may reveal a sickening truth about his mother.Spanning just six months, the story raises questions about humanity, and the need for acceptance And like Sadler, the reader is forced to accept that some truths are much darker than lies.

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    1. My review at The Lit Pub:"Wallwork claws his scenes to life and the mundane is rendered in throbbingly visceral discomfort Similar to Othello, from which the title gets its name, misunderstandings abound and spiral into a canvas of bloody murder. Like Shakespeare’s play, the characters may not necessarily be likable, but they are scarily authentic, even while astray, social vagabonds wading in anger at their wasted lives. Truman’s bitterness permeates the pages, but so does a longing for aff [...]

    2. I'm just going to get this out of the way as quickly as possible - god help me, I liked this book better than the Sound of Loneliness. Sorry, Craig, I love you.But there was a lot of freedom in this book, no constraints, lots of wandering and wondering and the characters did awful things and tore themselves inside out exploring, searching, making a huge effort to get to the root of mortality and even, at times, love. They were neurotic and flawed and searching, and I liked that a out them. There [...]

    3. To Die Upon a Kiss is a difficult novel to read. This is a grownup book with grownup topics that can be shocking and, in the wrong hands, can turn into farce, a deliberate ploy, or trite condescension. In Craig Wallwork's hands they turn into a beautifully written visit to six months in the life of Sadler Truman. Sadler knows, almost to the hour, when he's going to die. He knows how he's going to die. He knows why he's going to die. What he doesn't know is how to live. The six months we spend wi [...]

    4. "Too the consequences of where the conversation would arrive at might render me both unhinged and a little psychotic in the eyes of the old man". Love that line found in "To Die Upon A Kiss" Isn't that a little like 'our' lives with our friends and family at times? The characters are complex --The relationships are complex --(and interesting)Borderline Personality disorder/s???? hm????A mother who does not display emotion with her sonA girlfriend who thinks she understands.(at least 'wants' to u [...]

    5. Disclaimer: 4 1/2 stars. REALLY needs a 1/2 star in it's rating system.29-year-old Sadler Truman is living under a curse: no male in his family for the last two generations has lived to see his 30th birthday due to a defective heart. He spends his mornings in the Emergency Room because statistics show most heart attacks occur between 6 and 9:30 am and he wants to ready. On top of that, his girlfriend has him caught up in a gruesome scheme to understand death by observing it up close and persona [...]

    6. A beautifully written account of the final 6 months of a man with a terminal heart condition. Forced to confront both current and past issues in his life. Unlike any book I have read before or will read in the future. Difficult to read at times due to the subject matter. The book really hit home with me because I to was forced to confront my mortality at the young age of 30 years old. The book is tough to categorize and will not be for everybody. I thought it was a treat to read if you take it f [...]

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