Blog Tour Post: Tales of Lust, Hate, And Despair

Tales of Lust, Hate and
By Ian Truman

Samuel Lee has known three
days of freedom in the last eighteen years. Three days to come out of prison,
see his daughter, settle a score and go back in again, for good this time.

Told in the tradition of the
best literary noir, Tales of Lust, Hate and Depair is a modern, lowdown and
gritty take on the genre. Inspired by the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Samuel
Fuller as well as the music of Tom Waits, Sage Francis, Neurosis and Marilyn
Manson, it is a novel that is sure to please anyone who has ever found
themselves trapped and cast aside from the world. 

About Me (Ian Truman Bio)
I am from a working class
family and I am proud of my origins. For the last seven years, I have been
employed as an assembly line worker, a forklift driver, a park ranger, a
warehouse clerk, a janitor, an industrial laundry operator, a warehouse clerk
some more and still am to this day. I have never stopped working full time and
I saw first hand how the theories of political science could hardly apply to
the realities of the working masses. I have worked in the downtown area, in
Laval, Rosemont, Montreal-East (Between the Petro-Canada oil storage facility
and the Falconbridge foundry) and the south-west prior to gentrification. I
have seen Montreal change and the people suffer from these changes.

I write not because I believe
that some great social revolution is going to come out of any novel I can
write. I have no illusions about the revolutionary potential of fiction
writing. I truly believe that it is only by changing economic structures that a
society can change fundamentally. This is basic Marxism. So why write at all?
It is a good question. I mostly write to purge the hatred inside me, to purge
the hours of factory work, poverty and strife of all sorts. I am majoring in
Creative Writing, in a language that is not my native tongue because I felt it
was a challenge. I am also graduating with a minor in political science,
through which I discovered many philosophers that have influenced me deeply. I
have studied the essays of Karl Marx, Immanuel Wallerstein, Ernesto Guevara,
Max Stirner, Mikhail Bakunin, but also capitalist philosophers such as Thomas
Hobbes or John Locke. I’ve looked into dichotomies such as Anarchism Vs
Fascism, Communism Vs Capitalism. Nationalist Vs Internationalist etc… I
believe that my existence is guided by philosophies such as Buddhism, Hinduism
but also Nihilism.

As Nietzsche explained, human
beings are guided both by rationality and irrationality. We are capable of
reason and structure but at the same time we need flesh and passion, if not
sin. I write political essays when I need to exercise my rational side. I write
it in order to better my knowledge of social structures. I write it to better
society. Rarely have I included philosophers or philosophy in my fictional
works. I believe they are underlining all the stories I write. But I don’t
write Fiction in order to prove a point. I write fiction to fill my need for
creativity and passion. Mostly, I write because I need to. It fills my
passionate, irrational side. When I write, I look for truth, however ugly or
beautiful it may be. I look for sincere elements, uncensored and raw; I look
for the visceral. My works combine beauty and despair, struggles and hopes. I
truly enjoy dichotomies that bring people out of their comfort zones. I avoid
moralist statements and allow the reader to bring their own conclusion about
the work, about the characters, and (hopefully) about their lives.

Aesthetically, my style
combines vernacular language to noir elements. I also enjoy dirty realism and
modernist novels. I try to avoid anything too conceptual or things such as
“Streams of consciousness. I allow myself to be influences by all sorts of
creative endeavours. In the visual arts, I’ve enjoyed graffiti art for quite
some time. I see political postering as a creative act (Aka propaganda). I enjoy
visual artists such as Matthew Barney and Shepard Fairey. In film, my most
notable influences are Akira Kurosawa’s “Drunken Angel”, Imamura’s “The
Pornographers”, Fukasaku’s “Yakusa Papers” or 
(and Canadian) filmmakers such as Cronnenberg, Lynch or Smith. I also write
under musical influences ranging from Grunge (Nirvana, Violent Femmes), to punk
(Social Distortion, Bouncing Souls), hardcore (Warzone, Blacklisted, Blood for
Blood), hip-hop (Dead Prez, Wu-Tang-Clan), folk (Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry), blues
(Billie Holiday, Chester Burnett) and country (Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe).
As far as authors go, I believe I am influenced by a large variety of authors.
William Faulkner is the first one that comes to mind. But also Ernest
Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Truman Capote, Henry
Rollins, the RZA, Samuel Beckett, David Fennario, William S. Burroughs etc…

My Review!!!!

I personally do not like this type of story. However it sounded interesting and so I wanted to venture out and see if I could pick up another alley of books. Sadly I was unable to do that with this book. 
HOWEVER, for this type of book and those who enjoy the dark side of humanity where no sunshine and nothing lovely at all. Not even a happy ever after ending. Then you’ll enjoy this book. 
You follow the story of how a desire to regain ones ex-girlfriend and daughter rolls into a dark mind that ends with murder. Following a life on the bad part of town with bikers, drugs, and low blows. But it proves that even a bad guy is willing to do everything for the women in his life. And there is no obstacle that can’t be removed.

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7/2 The Story of A
7/3 Creative
Writing Addict
 /First Chapter
7/4 Wonderland Reviews /Interview 7/5 All Things Writing /Review,
Interview and Give Away 
7/5 My Cozie Corner /First Chapter 7/6 The Book
 /First Chapter 
7/9 Adventures of
Frugal Mom
 /First Chapter 
7/9 Book Lovin’ Mamas Review 7/10 The Guardian
of the Crossroads
 /First Chapter 
7/10 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer /First
7/11 Cabin Goddess / Interview 7/11 Bunnys Review /First
7/13 Reviewing Shelf /Review 7/13 Purple Penguin
 First Chapter


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