I was an imposter in a land of hardship, degradation and pain. I had put myself there out of curiosity. I wanted to know how and why people from all walks of life had been cast into this hell of non-citizenship.
Great North Yarmouth, Norfolk (PRWEB UK) 24 March 2013
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In The Scallywags Highway, the author recalls his experience living among the vagrant communities common to economically challenged, seaside towns of England. It’s here where vagabonds, tramps, panderers, and derelicts co-mingle; many affected by severe disorders that bind them to the scallywag condition. In this essay, you’re admitted to The Idiot’s Ball, a reception Mr. Curtis reserves for his readers.
From the beginning, you’ll connect with quirky Britons whose home life or worldly experience sadly took a turn for the worse. From a young boy psychologically scarred by a neglectful priest, to the war-weary and sexually abused; their collective escape to the street offers essential human camaraderie and a social outlet for consuming more and more anesthetizing English cider. For these scallywags, esteem is measured in liters of alcohol consumed, not the customary weight of one’s upbringing, intellect, or prior position in life.
Mr. Curtis observes and recants the behavior of miscreants in a variety of entertaining and saddening situations. Staying close to their reality, he exposes the reader to individual vulnerabilities closer to home than the reader may want to imagine. He invites the reader to whoop at the scallywags’ comedic antics, wince at the rottenness of their personal hygiene, wonder at the tenacity of their love and sexuality, and weep when tragedy smothers their natural impulse for survival.
Mr. Curtis’s first-person exposition creates a realism few would dare approach, at least voluntarily or without dire cause. Thankfully, the reaction for many conscientious observers is more likely a change in perception rather than a low-life experience. So, be first to break-the-ice on this tender topic at your next social event. Drinking not required.
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