Timoleon Vieta Come Home

Overview

Cockroft, a faded composer and socialite, lives in self-imposed exile and fantasizes of true love and extravagant suicides. Rattling around his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, his only constant source of company is the ever-loyal Timoleon Vieta, a mongrel with the most beautiful eyes. When a handsome but surly individual arrives on the scene, Cockroft is forced to choose between his dog and this new arrival. He abandons Timoleon outside Rome's Colosseum, where ...

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Overview

Cockroft, a faded composer and socialite, lives in self-imposed exile and fantasizes of true love and extravagant suicides. Rattling around his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, his only constant source of company is the ever-loyal Timoleon Vieta, a mongrel with the most beautiful eyes. When a handsome but surly individual arrives on the scene, Cockroft is forced to choose between his dog and this new arrival. He abandons Timoleon outside Rome's Colosseum, where the dog begins the long journey home.
In this acclaimed novel, Dan Rhodes, one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, has created a tragicomic work of macabre beauty that both amuses and moves in equal measure.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR TIMOLEON VIETA COME HOME
"A quite thoroughly original debut . . . An anomalous blend of humor, heartfelt emotion, and old-fashioned storytelling verve." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
"Funny, beguiling and sentimental, with a dark undertow that will tug at the memory."-Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156029957
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Rhodes

Dan Rhodes is the author of the short-story collections Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories and Don't Tell Me the Truth about Love. Rhodes lives in Kent, England.

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

Part 1 Timoleon Vieta
Timoleon Vieta 3
Cockroft 5
The Bosnian 11
Tools 19
Fight 27
Silver Shorts 41
Ugly Women 47
Frostbite 57
Bored 67
Dumped 79
Part 2 Timoleon Vieta Come Home
Abbondio 95
Teg 103
Something Chinese 121
Giuseppe, Or Leonardo da Vinci 143
Dusty 169
Henri 193
Timbo 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2010

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    Excellent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    WHAT?!

    This was THE MOST disappointing and disturbing book I've read in a while. I finished the book during a flight, and left it there...didn't feel like it was worth taking home.

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