Heaven’s Rage is an imaginative autobiography. Reporting on feelings people don’t usually own up to, Leslie Tate explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families. Writing lyrically, he brings together stories of bullying, childhood dreams, thwarted creativity and late-life illness, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage – William Blake
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The book description just does not do this novel justice as after finishing reading I was left in awe of this incredible man. There is such a raw honesty about everything that I read, where he doesn’t just simply tell you a story around an event in his life but how it made him feel too. The deepest raw feelings that you would normally keep to yourself.
Leslie Tate’s novel takes you through his early years both at home and in school where he struggled to fit in either place. There was, what I felt to be, a very touching moment when his granddad had formed a close relationship with him. He had loved going there and playing games, granddad telling him to play tricks on his grandma. I could ‘feel’ the excitement in him as he talked about this time in his life. Here was an adult that played with him, listened to him and talked to him,then the guilt and disappointment when he grew up and he found out what his granddad was really getting him to do. My heart felt like it nearly stopped for him. I really don’t know how he grew up to be such a caring man
I just love the passion he has which he shares both in his writing and poetry with his readers. Both are very powerful. He demonstrates that strength isn’t always in bulk and muscle but in character, to be able to say to people this is who I am and be at peace with yourself. He was really a forerunner of his time when electric shock therapy was thought of as a cure to threat anyone that questioned their gender. That is courage. One thing that did come across very strongly was the bond that he has for his friends and the love that he continually has for his lovely wife Susan.
It really has been a pleasure to read this book.