The novel recounts the life of a young man, Lucian Taylor, focusing on his dreamy childhood in rural Wales, in a town based on Caerleon. The Hill of Dreams of the title is an old Roman fort where Lucian has strange sensual visions, including ones of the town in the time of Roman Britain. Later it describes Lucian's attempts to make a living as an author in London, enduring poverty and suffering in the pursuit of art.
The Hill of Dreams
A curiously meandering trip through the cloudy mind of The Opium Eater. The lonely fate of the disenfranchised soul; confusing, yet poetically tactile. Reaching through the mist of confusion to almost touch simple and three dimensional stability, only to be pulled back under by the current of desire for an alternate reality. Alas, at some point one is swept too far out to sea to ever have the strength to make it home.