Sunday Book Review – Heaven’s Rage – Leslie Tate

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Book reviews by D.G. Kaye


Today I’m reviewing Heaven’s Rage by Leslie Tate. This book is classified as an imaginative autobiography and I’d have to agree that’s an accurate description. Tate invites us in to his deepest thoughts and memories, giving us a ring side seat into fragments of his life.







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


My 5 Star Review:


The author invites us into an intimate look at pieces of his life with blatant honesty. While this book is not a novel and a definite swing on traditional memoir it’s well put together in prose and style and draws us in to the delicate and sometimes complicated life of this author and poet in his quest for understanding and acceptance.

The stories touch on past and present feelings from both childhood and adulthood, dealing with topics of self on bullying, cross-dressing, and values of both adversity and triumphs encountered and endured. Tate shares his insights through reflection and excerpts, boldly sharing his pain and process to understanding and coming to terms with life. If you enjoy such topics and an unusual slant on story telling you will enjoy this book and author.



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  1. I also loved this book, Debby. It is a fascinating read and Leslie has a very unique writing style.

    1. I absolutely agree with you Robbie. 🙂

  2. This sounds so intriguing and I hope at some point to read it. I am so behind on all my reading/reviewing!

    1. Thanks Marje. I hear you on so behind! 🙂

  3. This is on my TBR list I love the way he uses words. <3

    1. He is a wonderful wordsmith Adele <3

  4. I’ve never heard of “imaginative autobiography”. It definitely sounds interesting.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Catherine. I hadn’t either.

  5. This sounds pretty darn good, Deb. That’s a lot of adversity for one person to conquer.

    1. One would think huh? I’m always drawn to these types of stories. 🙂

  6. Sounds interesting and I’m going to add it to my TBR list I think.

    1. Not surprised Stevie. We always seem to be taken in by the same type of books:) x

  7. Deb, I am wondering if this book talks about deepest thoughts and memories, why is it entitled “Heaven’s Rage”… is it metaphorical or believes in ‘God’s will’?
    Thank you for sharing this review, you seem to have really like this book.

    1. You know Balroop, that’s a good question that perhaps Leslie could answer. Maybe it’s the adversity he overcame is the range, but not sure where heaven fits in. 🙂

  8. Great review. Thanks, Debby. I’ve read Leslie’s blog and I have heard great things about this book. All the best.

    1. Thanks Olga. Something a little different, which we both appreciate. 🙂 x

  9. Good job Debby… sounds an interesting book… in the Blogger Daily tomorrow.. hugsx

    1. Thanks so much Sal for all your sharing. <3 <3

    1. Thanks for sharing Sally Star! <3 xxx

  10. I can’t share to FB from your blog, Sis. I tried to post it to my page and that didn’t work well either. Pretty soon, there will be no reason left to use FB. <3

    1. Grr Sis. I’ve had a problem sharing several blogs to FB last week with the share button. When it doesn’t work, I use copy the link and go to FB group and post. Hope that works for you while the gremlins remain at work. 🙁 <3

  11. Deb, this sounds like a fascinating read. I’ve never heard of this author an at first, I wondered if it was a relative of Sharon Tate, telling of her story. I like this title. It really plays on one’s immediate curiosity. Also have never heard of an ‘imaginative autobiography’. Does this mean some of the accounts of his life are fictional? Or just written with great imagination? Thanks for sharing yet another new book and author here!

    1. Thanks Lis. I took the ‘imaginative autobiography’ as truth with a twist in writing style. It’s certainly written in a style I’ve never come across. Something different for sure, but beautiful writing. <3

  12. Sounds like an interesting read, Debby. Thanks for sharing. I’ll keep it in mind.

    1. My pleasure Norah 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing your review, Debby. I’m intrigued!

    1. Hi Jan. Thanks. My work is done. 🙂

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