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Don't Tell Me the Truth about Love

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Review:

"A skinny, unremarkable collection of seven previously published stories from up-and-coming British novelist Rhodes (Timoleon Vieta Come Home) observes the sadly unequal love relationships between adoring men and preoccupied women. Rhodes's characters possess the uncomplicated, pared-down dimensions of archetype, such as the old professor of 'The Carolingian Period,' who's been intoning the same lecture at the School of Architecture for 30 years and is undone in a moment by a pretty auditor's attention; one sees his regrets coming paragraphs away. 'Glass Eyes,' set in the forest, feels like a fairy tale: Coquettita, an older witchlike woman who is much experienced in love and has one glass eye, keeps a young nave lover. As proof of his love, she demands the ghastly removal of his left eyeball, in order to match her own; as he complies, he — surprise — sees her for the first time as she really is. Similarly, 'Beautiful Consuela' explores just how much a man in love will take from his beloved: she tests the truth of his feelings by growing hideously fat, unwashed and altogether repulsive, and he remains with her gladly. Rhodes aims for parable and, despite inventiveness, comes closer to pat." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Cupid, the poster-cherub of Valentine's Day, represents love at its most happy, even childlike; his gifts, after all, are candy and flowers. But Eros — Eros is another matter. A demonic god, he asks for nothing less than human sacrifice. Yearning, despair and madness, the ecstasy that leads to self-destruction — on these he feeds, as hapless victims cast themselves into his all-devouring fires.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Funny, tender, quirky, vulnerable, and exquisitely readable, Dont Tell Me the Truth About Love — in seven virtuoso stories — explores contemporary relationships with wicked finesse and humor — perfect for your left-of-center Valentine. Rhodes — one of Grantas Twenty Best Young British Novelists — writes some of the worlds most idiosyncratically charming, achingly honest stories. In the territory of love, relationships, and sex he has a remarkable skill for poking fun at our rhapsodic moments of longing and heartbreak.

A chance encounter prompts an aging professor to regret a lifetime of wasted opportunities; a beautiful wife tests her husband by making herself hideous; for the love of a girl, a boy turns himself into a violoncello; a man encounters a staggeringly lovely woman in a landfill and returns there constantly. . . . Funny, magical, effete, and strange, in these seven short stories Dan Rhodes lays bare the pain and enchantment of love.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841957388
Author:
Rhodes, Dan
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 7 lb

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Product details 208 pages Canongate Books - English 9781841957388 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A skinny, unremarkable collection of seven previously published stories from up-and-coming British novelist Rhodes (Timoleon Vieta Come Home) observes the sadly unequal love relationships between adoring men and preoccupied women. Rhodes's characters possess the uncomplicated, pared-down dimensions of archetype, such as the old professor of 'The Carolingian Period,' who's been intoning the same lecture at the School of Architecture for 30 years and is undone in a moment by a pretty auditor's attention; one sees his regrets coming paragraphs away. 'Glass Eyes,' set in the forest, feels like a fairy tale: Coquettita, an older witchlike woman who is much experienced in love and has one glass eye, keeps a young nave lover. As proof of his love, she demands the ghastly removal of his left eyeball, in order to match her own; as he complies, he — surprise — sees her for the first time as she really is. Similarly, 'Beautiful Consuela' explores just how much a man in love will take from his beloved: she tests the truth of his feelings by growing hideously fat, unwashed and altogether repulsive, and he remains with her gladly. Rhodes aims for parable and, despite inventiveness, comes closer to pat." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Funny, tender, quirky, vulnerable, and exquisitely readable, Dont Tell Me the Truth About Love — in seven virtuoso stories — explores contemporary relationships with wicked finesse and humor — perfect for your left-of-center Valentine. Rhodes — one of Grantas Twenty Best Young British Novelists — writes some of the worlds most idiosyncratically charming, achingly honest stories. In the territory of love, relationships, and sex he has a remarkable skill for poking fun at our rhapsodic moments of longing and heartbreak.

A chance encounter prompts an aging professor to regret a lifetime of wasted opportunities; a beautiful wife tests her husband by making herself hideous; for the love of a girl, a boy turns himself into a violoncello; a man encounters a staggeringly lovely woman in a landfill and returns there constantly. . . . Funny, magical, effete, and strange, in these seven short stories Dan Rhodes lays bare the pain and enchantment of love.

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