Timoleon Vieta Come Home

Timoleon Vieta Come Home Cockroft a faded composer and socialite lives in self imposed exile and fantasies about true love and extravagant suicides Rattling about his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside subsis

  • Title: Timoleon Vieta Come Home
  • Author: Dan Rhodes
  • ISBN: 9781841953892
  • Page: 477
  • Format: None
  • Cockroft, a faded composer and socialite, lives in self imposed exile and fantasies about true love and extravagant suicides Rattling about his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, subsisting on a trickle of royalties from past successes, his only constant source of company is the ever loyal Timoleon Vieta a mongrel with the most beautiful eyes.However, wheCockroft, a faded composer and socialite, lives in self imposed exile and fantasies about true love and extravagant suicides Rattling about his dilapidated farmhouse in the Italian countryside, subsisting on a trickle of royalties from past successes, his only constant source of company is the ever loyal Timoleon Vieta a mongrel with the most beautiful eyes.However, when a handsome but surly individual known only as the Bosnian arrives unexpectedly, the strong bond between Cockroft and Timoleon Vieta is put under strain.

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    1. I read this book several years ago and promptly gave it away. Then when I joined this past summer, I racked my brain for the title, conducted numerous Google searches (using different combinations of the following words: fiction, dog, journey, death and homosexuality) and questioned every reader I know, because I wanted to warn people about this book! Thanks to an animal-related list here on , I can now let go of all my angst toward this book. Here goes: besides being generally depressing, it h [...]

    2. I read it after a very difficult point in my life and it changed me forever. This book taught me a lot about love, loss, the fear of being alone, and perserverance. I cried all the way through all the while looking to little Timeleon Vieta for hope. I must agree with my sister about the ending though. I hated it. Not because it was poorly written but without giving it a way . . . because this little scraggely dog inspires you so much and you're rooting for him then BOOM! An unexpected twist. I f [...]

    3. This is another book that people love or hate. I thought it was superb — an inimitable send-up of the picaresque sentimental tale. Rhodes is a terrific writer. I read the book in one sitting, played right into his hands at the end — and threw the book across the room. Then I put it on the shelf next to my favorite novels. Profoundly wicked, stunningly funny.

    4. This book sounded pretty good, but I was disappointed. It was more about the people the dog encounters, and less about the dog. Which is ok for some books, but this book could have been so much better. I think that the author just needed a vehicle to tell some short stories, and he just tied them all together with the story of Timoleon Vieta and his owner's messed-up life. The stories are all good, but I mostly didn't like this book because of the ending. I could see two ways for the book to end [...]

    5. Utter trash. Annoyed the living hell out of me that animal lovers might be baited to this book by the description on the jackety to be horrified about the treatment of the animal and eventual outcome of this book. I burned it so there was no way anyone else would be subjected to it. needs a negative rating option. Did I mention I hated it?

    6. When I finished this book I threw it across the room. Dan Rhodes infuriatingly ended the book just as he should have.

    7. This is a terrible book! Worse ending ever! How did it ever get published! Don't read this if you're an animal lover it just exposed everything that is wrong with the world. If I could give it zero stars I would. Repulsive.

    8. This book feels like a collection of short stories / vignettes, awkwardly stuck together by having a little dog make a doe-eyed appearance in each, on his way home to the owner who abandoned it. The story thread about its (elderly, gay, full-of-himself former composer) owner and his (cold, grim, resentful, humour-less) Bosnian lodger is generally unpleasant. One is living a bored life in Italy, the other turns up at his door one day, having mistaken a "you can stay at my house forever, just as l [...]

    9. This is a strange little book. I picked it up at a second-hand book sale because I liked the font used on the book jacket and that seemed like decent reasoning. I suppose that people have made more important decisions based on less and in the end it worked out between Timoleon Vieta and me. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites but I enjoyed reading it-it's darkly humorous and almost painfully sweet at points-though in the end I'll admit to feeling a little empty and slightly let-down by the [...]

    10. Dan Rhodes is brilliant at compact prose. He's able to distill in the most concise fashion, elements of a story that will hook and reel the reader in just two sentences into the story. His debut collection of micro-fiction, "Anthropology" is a fine example, as is his follow-up short-story collection "Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love". In the novel "Timoleon Vieta", the main story seems simple enough - a has-been British composer Cockroft living in idyllic isolation in Italy finds a dark, hands [...]

    11. I really wanted to like this book. There are so many things wrong with it, that I could write a review that is actually longer than the book itself. But I am at work. So I have to keep it short. The protagonist was a pretty terrible person. He never learned from his mistakes. He let go of his best friend (dog) because he became involved with a mere stranger who didn't like dogs. Then the dog tries to return home. The book is comprised of many short stories about people the dog meets along the wa [...]

    12. This was not a rewarding book. I wanted to like it -- the writing made me want to like it, mostly -- but I didn't. The promise of a better book was all that kept me reading through the first half and, when, in the second half, the perspective shifted frequently, the book engaged me with depressing, hilarious, gruesome micro-stories. And then, regrettably, I kept reading until the [spoilers, though not really] dismal end. I've heard (well, read) good things about Dan Rhodes, but this experience d [...]

    13. This book is just as charming, and odd, and macabre as I've come to expect from Rhodes. It is really less about the dog than it is about a series of characters--linked by an encounter with the dog--each dealing with fear, tragedy, loneliness, and the desire to be loved. Timoleon Vieta plays an important but fleeting role in the lives of many people as he makes his way home after being abandoned. Many people have reacted strongly to the ending, but I believe Rhodes did the right thing and the boo [...]

    14. I was enjoying this book quite a bit as I read it. It's a darkly humorous tale that can be very entertaining. However, I found that after getting over two-thirds through the book, I couldn't finish it. I usually don't mind grim tales but I made the mistake of reading ahead to the end and the utter lack of hope to balance out all the irony, cruelty and vice ultimately did me in. Maybe I'll give it another shot one of these days.

    15. Depressing, horrifying, tragic, full of love, regret, optimism. The magic of everyday and extraordinary life, romantic, amazing, absorbing, a novel which is composed of the story of one man and his dog interspersed with vaguely linked (but not always) short stories which lead you down the garden path and make you want to read more, now. Whatever you do, don't imagine that this is going to be a story with a happy ending. The title echoes 'Lassie Come Home', but if you're expecting a cross between [...]

    16. Cockroft é um velho compositor inglês que apesar de, no passado, ter criado algumas canções para programas televisivos de êxito, cujos direitos de autor lhe garantem a subsistência, foi excluído da maioria dos círculos sociais e mediáticos que frequentava, após um incidente com a comunicação social. Emigrou para a Toscana, onde comprou uma agradável casa. Aí entra em franca decadência, tendo por companhia apenas Timoleon Vieta, o seu amado cão de olhos grandes ou um ou outro jove [...]

    17. This is a story about Cockcroft, an ageing homosexual composer, and his best friend the mongrel Timoleon Vieta. All is going well for them (though Cockcroft is a bit bitter and resentful about how life has treated him) until 'the Bosnian' comes to stay the dog doesn't like him and he doesn't like the dog. He persuades Cockcroft to take Timoleon Vieta to Rome and leave him there.The book takes on a new format then, with each chapter comes a new short story about the various people Timoleon Vieta [...]

    18. This was an odd, little book full of odd and interesting characters some of which I loved and some of which I wanted to throttle. Among these characters is a dog named Timoleon Vieta who, through a bad decision made by his owner, finds himself far from home.Almost exactly halfway through, the book takes a different perspective. In the first half, we meet and learn a bit about Timoleon's owner, an aging composer of some small-but-forgotten fame. We are made privy to his past affairs and his prese [...]

    19. This book as a whole is a heart wrenching experience. It is a very well written, extremely touching, yet devastating novel. I knew something tragic would have to happen in the end. Every character whose life Timoleon Vieta makes a brief appearance is a tragic character dealing with horribly tragic love related situations. This is not a clichéd warm fuzzy feel good Lassie Come Home book so if you're a sap for happy endings and can't handle tragic realism in your reading materials then steer clea [...]

    20. I was really disappointed with this book having read 'Little Hands Clapping' previously which I found imaginative and enjoyable. I was expecting from the taglines and comments on and inside the book that it would largely be about a dog and his relationship with his owner, and the feelings of loss, wishing he would come home. Though they did have a close relationship, and this was reasonably well described, the second half of the book completely drifted off the subject, and though the short stori [...]

    21. The first thing to understand about Dan Rhodes is that you are either going to totally understand and appreciate what he does, or potentially tear your hair out in frustration and throw his books down. I happily fall into the former group. His stories meander down a (sometimes unclear) path, all the while introducing you to characters and scenarios both bizarre and endearing. In 'Timoleon Vieta Come Home' we meek Cockroft, an embittered and lonely old man living in the hills of Umbria. He spends [...]

    22. WARNING! If you like happy endings, stay away from this book!! I don't know whether to love or hate this book. It's so well written, so I can't possibly say it was horrible. Something has to be said for an author that can wrap a reader up so tightly in his story that that person feels different after reading it. I suggest that someone who is in a funk probably shouldn't read this. I had actually planned on saying this book was crap, but the more I thought about it and flipped back through the pa [...]

    23. 257 pages of the book [up until the end of 'dusty':] are very good. Despite the multifarious character introductions which Rhodes is infamous now for and the jumbled stories accentuating in to nothing. I was enjoying the book. The ending 50 pages [in my attempts to pin-point the disaster of this novel, i have focused it here:] something goes wrong. The dynamic fades quickly and the sense of looming macabre bored the hell out of me. I seemed to realize that Rhodes had no option really other than [...]

    24. I read this immediately after finishing Rhodes' other novel 'Gold'. I had been captivated by the simple charm of that book, while this is a much more ambitious and upfront proposition. The emotional swings of the lead character are very well captured. I also had to look back to check that there was no insights from the dog (that looks strange written on paper, readers may understand!) as we come to know him in a few simple strokes.The first half of the story is engaging but where it really comes [...]

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