Don't Tell Me the Truth about Love

Overview

In the seven virtuoso stories that comprise Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love, a chance encounter prompts an aging professor to regret a lifetime of wasted opportunities; lovers live on a heart-shaped bed in the middle of a forest until violence breaks out; for the love of a girl, a boy turns himself into a violoncello; and a man encounters a staggeringly lovely woman in a landfill and returns there constantly. Funny, magical, effete, and strange, in these stories Dan Rhodes lays bare the pain and enchantment of...
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Overview

In the seven virtuoso stories that comprise Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love, a chance encounter prompts an aging professor to regret a lifetime of wasted opportunities; lovers live on a heart-shaped bed in the middle of a forest until violence breaks out; for the love of a girl, a boy turns himself into a violoncello; and a man encounters a staggeringly lovely woman in a landfill and returns there constantly. Funny, magical, effete, and strange, in these stories Dan Rhodes lays bare the pain and enchantment of love.
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Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love is a powerful and impressive collection but very, very bleak. It's probably not the book to give your sweetie on February 14. You'd do better to stick with candy and flowers.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
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 na ve 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. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841957388
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication date: 2/9/2006
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 1,517,477
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Rhodes
Dubbed nothing less than "the best new writer in Britain" by The Guardian, Dan Rhodes was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists and tapped by the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program in 2003.

Good To Know

In our interview, Rhodes shared some fun facts about himself with us:

"When I was 22, I was fired from a sensible office job after nine days for my failure to adapt to an adult environment. I still have difficulty acting in a grown-up manner, and this gets me into all kinds of trouble."

"The pinnacle of my showbiz career came when a copy of my first book, Anthropology, was seen on Carrie's desk in an episode of Sex and the City. It's been downhill ever since."

"I was in the audience at the final concerts of both the Smiths and the Spice Girls."

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    1. Hometown:
      Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 26, 1972
    2. Place of Birth:
      Croydon, Surrey, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Glamorgan, 1994; M.A., University of Glamorgan, 1998

Table of Contents

1 The Carolingian period 1
2 The violoncello 13
3 Glass eyes 57
4 Mademoiselle Arc-en-ciel 73
5 Landfill 101
6 The painting 147
7 Beautiful Consuela 153
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