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Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey

By |2018-03-21T18:27:27+01:00February 1st, 2005|Recent Reviews|

By Dan Rhodes

Harcourt, Inc., 2003. 226 pages.


t’s a dog’s life, and you can thank Rhodes. Timoleon Vieta — call him TV — is a mongrel on a mission; better said, TV’s mission is the creation of the characters around him.

Basic plot: Cockroft is a gay codger who lives in Umbria and falls for the cheerful stray. Courtesy of Rhodes, who plays omniscient narrator and dog-lover, TV sees it all: Cockroft’s Bosnian boyfriend, country life, the hypocrisies of the elderly. Cast out, TV travels the lengths of Europe, playing bard and bittersweet storyteller.

This is a special novel, not quite quaint, not exactly sweet, but very much both. For a book labeled sentimental, it’s remarkable un.

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