Life Knocks

Life Knocks CraigStone
  • Title: Life Knocks
  • Author: CraigStone
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    Alternate Cover ImageIN B005JU92GOLife Knocks is the autobiographical story of how it s possible to lose love on the beautiful shores of Hawaii, but find it again in the milky eyes of an old man on the other side of a door, on the wet concrete streets of North London Life Knocks is Craig Stone s second novel It s the memoir of the British author and his struggle withAlternate Cover ImageIN B005JU92GOLife Knocks is the autobiographical story of how it s possible to lose love on the beautiful shores of Hawaii, but find it again in the milky eyes of an old man on the other side of a door, on the wet concrete streets of North London Life Knocks is Craig Stone s second novel It s the memoir of the British author and his struggle with love, friendship and isolation in his mid twenties When he was 24, he worked in an office and dreamt of living a life Anxious he was already trapped in a life he hated forever, he quit his job to seek a life less travelled He fell in love, lived in Hawaii and travelled Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam By the age of 28, he s back in London and living in Willesden Green He s back working in an office and living in a small studio flat after battling homelessness, drugs, poverty, alcohol and life again He can t figure out how to fit back into London life, but finds solace and companionship in an unlikely friendship with the man he hates the most in the world his racist, homophobic, bastard landlord Mohammad Mohammad is elderly, lonely, bitter and suffering possible dementia Colossus the name of the main character wants to be a recluse, to drink and wallow in the misery of youth, but Mohammad wants to make him his best friend, and he only lives in the flat downstairs Colossus and Mohammad are alone, but they soon discover in this life of love lost and friendships gained, that they have a lot in common than either knows how to face AWARDS Life Knocks was shortlisted for the world respected Dundee International Book Prize.
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    1. I left school at sixteen with a head full of rocks, a general dislike towards anyone telling me what to do and a belief none of it mattered because one day I would write the greatest book in the world.I moved to Spain, I worked for a little man with a missing finger called Juan, who owned the town.I almost got killed by a freight train when I was lost in a field trying to find the Spanish airport at 2am I was thinking, instead of being drunk and sixteen, I should really start writing some of the adventure down.But I was sixteen, so my writing consisted of brilliant sentences scrawled on the back of beer mats I would later eat mistaking them for dry sandwiches that never fully digested.I came back to England and drifted into acting college, but I was fired after a year for wearing woman s underwear on stage during a life performance The moronic, insecure and egotistical director was so angry, he frog marched me out of the grounds and hit me, sprawling me to the ground.I was drunk and sixteen and weighed nine stone he was in his forties, sober, and built like an elephant stuck in the doors of a kebab house.I ended up working in a pub at eighteen a creepy regular with duck taped glasses who sold newspapers and still lived with his mum, confessed one night to killing his only friend.That pub was a city pub, and the guys who drank in the pub worked for the bank over the road I got to know them, and I was asked if I wanted a career change.I still wanted to be a writer, I was a writer, but I had never written anything.I said yes, and ended up working for COUTTS bank I became so bored I opened up a word document on my work PC and started writing my first book called Just Bee a story about a little bee who learns the important lesson about enjoying where you are for what it is The irony wasn t lost on me.Before I lost my soul, I sent an email to thousands of COUTTS staff all over the world, telling them how terrible working for a bank is That it isn t worth it and they should leave now I sent that email, stood up from my desk and walked out With no idea what would come next or how I would afford my rent.That is the start of my second book Life Knocks.I ended up moving to Hawaii, living the dream, travelling the world and then washing back up on the shores of England homeless, broke, and unemployed.In that time I wrote my first book as a sort of adult, a book I m keeping to myself for now, because I plan for it to be my third book.Back in the UK, now homeless and broke I wrote a silly picture book called How to Hide From Humans And voila, suddenly the publishing world knew my name I found an agent with Christopher Little in London, and I proudly sat next to Val from Headline who was going to publish my first book.I was twenty seven and saw my life changing with the first book I had sent to an agent.But life is a rusty chicken spinning on a broken church roof at times, so my agent lost his way and the contracts never signed.So I drifted into twenty eight in the same position I had been when I was sixteen Lost, and with a talent nobody knew about a talent I was starting to see as a curse than a gift because I still hadn t penned anything worth reading.I found a normal job, somewhere to lived twenty eight turned to thirty in the blink of a moment.And that is when I had to make a decision.I quit my job, left my flat and walked into a park with a sleeping bag and a pen I thought that without the phone ringing, and without making coffees I would never drink for others, and the pointless excel spreadsheets, and the people sitting around being safe but living out failures without all those things, if I just gave it all up, maybe I would make it Maybe I would write that book that s been on my mind since school.So I did.It really is that easy to change your life, you just walk away from the one you are making.


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    1. During work I sat Every time I glanced in the direction of the Kindle icon on my desktop, like a 2yo asking why repeatedly, the icon queried Is it 5 o clock yet Between feedings, my brain rumbled for my eyes, set loose in the evening on Life Knocks , consumed its words like a starved bird flapping flailing at a seed feeder Or perhaps accurately, like a cat tearing at a catnip sack.When they were handing out politeness or conscientiousness before incarnation to earth, whoever was charged with t [...]

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    2. This review was originally posted on my blog.I wasn t sure whether I would like Life Knocks or not before starting to read it, and I am still not sure.The narrator, named Colossus, is at a low point in his life He is living in a low quality bedsit, unable to connect with anyone he meets, with the exception of his unpleasant landlord who is a Muslim version of Riggsby from seventies sitcom Rising Damp, with even less charm and fewer redeeming qualities.This life forms one of two interwoven narrat [...]

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    3. I m torn Definitely not a book that appeals to me it spends 99% of it s prose in one simile or another and the story is well, a might depressing The lead spends way too much time either drunk or high for my tastes But buried in all of that is a story of human existence that I think is well written The author has skill his phrasing, pacing, format and descriptions did I mention this is where similes came to breed are very well done.However, I got to the end and began wondering if this wasn t pub [...]

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    4. While reading Life Knocks, I had a sense of unease at witnessing the main character s life slowly crumble My discomfort was intensified when I learned that most of the story was based on the author s life.I grew up believing that our shortcomings should be kept to ourselves, but Craig Stone lays himself bare for all to see.To compensate for putting the reader through his painful experiences, Stone soothes with his special brand of imaginative prose He is thought provoking, hilarious, insightful, [...]

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    5. It s self published and it shows and I think if a good editor gave it a going over, it would be a better book, but it s definitely worth reading There s an original honest talent there and some bits of it are very funny.

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    6. Undoubtedly five stars Love this book, fantastic writing, great story Give it a read.

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    7. So, Life Knocks Sometimes life knocks on your door, expecting you to open it and experience wondrous things, then again sometimes life simply knocks you down.I had to really scratch my thoughts until I realized the ambiguous meaning of this book s title, can you imagine The blurb s saying this is part of the author s memoirs the sequel being The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness The narrator s name, however, is Colossus Sosloss, so you may wonder how much of Craig Stone is in Colossus Sosloss I as [...]

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    8. I absolutely loved this book The writing style was such that I was unable to put it down I was absolutely distraught when my Kindle broke halfway through and I had to wait for my new Kindle to arrive so I could continue reading This book has laugh out loud moments which can lead to slightly embarrassing moments in public, but trust me, they re worth it.This book is both hilarious and touching Stone s writing style is almost poetic at places and he has a talent for coming up with the most amazing [...]

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    9. Life Knocks is a book with an almost avante garde feel, which some readers may really like It is a very different type of read than what I m used to Some of the writing is absolutely brilliant, but some people may find it hard to get through as it is a very descriptive book with not much dialogue I m a dialogue driven reader and writer myself, and don t like reading too many descriptive paragraphs, so this was a little difficult for me.The story is about a man called Colossus, his girlfriend Lil [...]

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    10. It is the story of Collossus that is narrated through this story We follow him through his numerous adventures right from quitting his job to finding love to his depressions From the highest point to the lowest of low point of his life, Collossus realizes that no matter what, one cannot stop life from moving on This is a story of the highs and the lows, of love and of loneliness, of laughter and of tears and it will have you riding through all of it with a smile on your face whether hysterical l [...]

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    11. I m not quite sure where I should begin with the review this week Even though I finished Craig Stone s Life Knocks a few days ago now I still don t feel like the dust has quite settled yet There are so many questions and philosophical points from it that are still going around and around in my headSo I ll try starting from the beginning duh For a good first chunk of this book you will probably not know what is going on or where it is leading We start off with an email that Colossus Sosloss sent [...]

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    12. Love is like being in a bath of beans with a pig dressed as a clown and a naked farm girl Pretty much amazing, once you get over the shock This is one of the many quotes that lie within the pages of Craig Stone s book, Life Knocks This is a book that made me laugh so hard at times, I would literally throw my head back and drop my kindle because I was so amused by his sense of humor and his words.Craig Stone is a master of the metaphor and simile His sense of humor is one that takes a bit to get [...]

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    13. I recently read and loved Craig Stones The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness, so was interested to read Life Knocks, which is essentially the prequel to Squirrel although he wrote Life Knocks second Stone is a writer who completely ignores the rules of writing, usually to great effect He has a distinctive writing style that shouldn t work, and yet it does The main character and narrator, Colossus Sosloss, is a no hoper who can t get out of his own way Theoretically, it s no fun to read about a man [...]

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    14. I started reading this book with very high expectations, and it didn t disappoint me The only negative thing about this book, and that s why I cannot give it 5 stars, is that it contains typos, misspellings, and even missing words The positive things clearly outnumber the negative things, so I strongly recommend this book.What makes this book even interesting is the fact that the story is the real story of the author It is one of the most honest books telling a real story that I have ever read [...]

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    15. There are some books that have me hooked from the first page, others take a while longer and I dip in and out for a bit until one day I realise the ten minute read before I start the dinner has turned into an hour and I ve forgotten to feed the children Life Knocks was that sort of book for me.Craig Stone has a quirky style of writing with a particularly unique eye for an unusual metaphor Love is a bath of beans with a pig dressed as a clown and a naked farm girl pretty much amazing when you get [...]

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    16. It was a thrill to discover writer Craig Stone kind of like being in on the ground floor of an Apple stock offering Life Knocks covers about 6 years in the life of the 20 something writer years in which he bounced back and forth between the ridiculous and the sublime in a life constructed atop a passion for alcohol and drugs It s a slice of life just made for a writer, and Craig hits a home run in his recollections of it His descriptions of people and events are spot on his characterizations sho [...]

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    17. I received this book from the author for an honest review This book follows the life of Colossus as he quits his job and shows how he he had depression, love, drugs and so much go on in his life It starts out with a very funny letter to his boss as he quits his job This letter is what we all have felt like saying to our bosses all through our lives It draws you right into the story You get to see him interact with his landlord even though all he wants to do is ignore the man Friends try to draw [...]

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    18. Life Knocks follows our narrator, Colossus, through both the past and the present as he wonders how he ended up where he has and what he managed to gain and lose along the way We discover his frustrations at his current situation and his longing for the past he had all the while trying to hold down some kind of job and avoiding his strange over bearing landlord who has a rather unnatural obsession with Somalians This book is written in an open and forthright way which really makes you believe yo [...]

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    19. First of all, this is not the kind of book I normally read, so I am probably not the best judge, but here are my impressions.Craig Stone is indeed a brilliant author I would not be surprised if, 50 years from now, he ends up being considered one of the classic writers of our day Much of his writing shows incredible depth of insight into human nature and relationships The main character s retrospective explanation of the big fight with his girlfriend is especially profound I found the journey int [...]

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    20. The book begins with a letter to management resigning his position at a bank He pretty much says everything everyone has wanted to say at some point in their lives but was too afraid to say I laughed so hard and so much I had to read it three times After Colossus yeah, that s his name not kidding here walks away from the world of employment which I like to refer to as The Wheel of Hell to become a writer his journey begins and what an interesting journey it is.Craig Stone is sharing a part of hi [...]

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    21. I d read Stone s previous book, The Squirrel That Dreamt of Madness, and liked it This one is somewhat related, maybe a prequel, but it s very different It s memoir and less whimsical Stone is still entertainingly imaginative in his descriptions, but the story he tells is very real and realistic There s a tragic love story, and a story of substance abuse, and a story of a man awkwardly torn between compassion and repulsion toward a lonely landlord who is also paranoid and bigoted But Stone s bo [...]

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    22. Bloody brilliant A joggle of events, the rise and fall of Colossus Sosloss, a man who started like plankton, reached the top and fell down again If this book has anything to teach, surely it is that life knocks are what you get to learn that you re alive and it s a life worth living, not with hatred and anger, but with rainbow castles and honey milk.Life Knocks is a book worth reading, one of the few which made me actually laugh out loud while alone in the car waiting for the kid to come out for [...]

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    23. This could have been a riveting read if it had been written by someone else, or at least proofed by someone other than the author The story kept being forced into irrelevance by exasperating grammatical errors, typos, spelling errors and nonsensical metaphors It feels like the author is clearly delighted with his own wit, and many reviews I ve read are suspiciously like his own work It does gain an extra star, however, because I found myself thinking about the story between readings a lot, but f [...]

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    24. It took me a little bit to get into this book initially, and I found the vast number of metaphors a bit distracting However, once I got a bit further into it, it all flowed a bit and I could really enjoy the story and the writing I did like the way the story moved back and forward through time, gradually revealing how Colossus had got to the current point in his life Colossus, and the characters around him were complex and interesting, and the story and his trials developed from his own decisio [...]

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    25. Craig Stone knows his way around a metaphor and can describe even mundane moments in life in a fresh exciting way Told in 1st POV in present tense, the style may be jarring for some as he jumps through his life but I loved it It made me feel as if I was on the roller coaster of life with him And his life is plentiful and wild I recommend this read for those willing to step into a world that may be very contrary from their own.

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    26. I was looking for something different decided to give life knocks, a read I wished I hadn t It was boring, and smacked of self indulgence especially with it s long winded metaphors I didn t really care for any of the characters or it s main one Colossus and by that I mean I literally didn t care one way or the other The story doesn t go anywhere and I found myself switching off Probably one of the most boring books that I have the misfortune to read.

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    27. Craig Stone writes in a circular fashion, interspersing the on going story with thoughts in Colossus s head.Read full review in the 2012 September issue of InD tale Magazine.

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    28. This book is amazing The balance of both sadness and lightheartedness is perfect Highly recommend to all The main character is hilarious and his mental landlord even better One book I will definitely read again.

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    29. Got bored of this book and didn t finish it

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    30. I read this book after reading some fantastic reviews but unfortunately I just didnt get it.

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