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Don't Tell Me the Truth about Love
     

Don't Tell Me the Truth about Love

by Dan Rhodes
 

Funny, tender, quirky, vulnerable, and exquisitely readable, Don’t 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 Granta’s Twenty Best Young British Novelists — writes some of the world’

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Funny, tender, quirky, vulnerable, and exquisitely readable, Don’t 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 Granta’s Twenty Best Young British Novelists — writes some of the world’s 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841957388
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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