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It is true that the ending is abrupt and heartbreaking. But not every story SHOULD have a happy ending; that isn't true to life and it makes for tedium when you read every day. I think Rhodes intended to leave the reader in anguish, that it wasn't accidental or precipitated by poor writing at all, as the other reviews have suggested. Further, those very reviews demonstrate that he successfully accomplished a basic tenet of any novel: to establish characters and make the reader feel strongly about them. In Timoleon, we can easily empathize with the protagonist: a has-been living penitently on the fringes after his televised, career-suicide blunder (which anyone could've made). More significantly, we are grieved at the dog's murder, which while senseless and brutal is, again, true to life. I volunteer in animal welfare/rescue, so I'm acutely aware that dogs die at human hands every day for a multitude of reasons, plenty of them violent and senseless. I think Rhodes successfully wrote exactly what he intended to: a tragedy. Always keep in mind that it is perfectly possible to love a book while simultaneously being left disillusioned or bereft by it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2005