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I loved this book and after having read 'Gold', also by Dan Rhodes, I went out searching for another and stumbled upon 'Timoleon Vieta Come Home'. I was eager to actually get the book because I quite enjoy how Rhodes doesn't seem to depend on fragrant happy endings but instead on an overly eccentric view of reality which touches your heart. This said as I was reading the various comments on other websites before buying and I noticed that many people where left quite emotional and just generally found it quite depressing because it isn't a cliche happy all round story, but I thought that it deserved a fair chance. It's the story of Timoleon Vieta (the dog) who's owner is forced to get rid of him by his lover. The newly abandoned Timoleon Vieta then begins his journey home passing through the Italian streets and people. Each person he briefly meets has their own short story behind why they are in that particular place at that time and at times the dog is barely acknowledged by some. Though the story itself is a little saddening, the stories within it are slightly far fetched moments of tragedy which acknowledge the reality and brutality of life. There are silver linings and love, hope and compassion, but it helps you remember that things don't always flow so well and that life is ever changing. I can honestly say that I loved it all, especially how all the stories tugged at my heartstrings. It's easy to enjoy the little stories from the people who Timoleon Vieta comes across and the quirkyness of it all. I simply can't get enough of Rhodes' work. I would advise that you read this book with an open mind and open heart. Hoping you enjoy it as much as I did.
I'm not usually a big fan of foundation because it always feels as though it has a sort of burnt orange tinge to its colour making you look a little multicoloured. When I picked this foundation up however the idea of a light foam seemed as though it could resolve this issues I usually have. When I first tried to apply it, the foam that came out was still a little white-ish even after a load of shaking, but when I tried it again along with some more shaking it came out perfectly. First time applying it I used my finger tips (which is what I'd recommend every time as I'd like to think of it almost as hair mouse in a way) going from the centre of my face to the outer parts and blending as I went along. I did think it was a little on the orangey side but was willing to give it another shot. My second trial went much better thankfully! Before applying it I made sure that my face was well moisturised as I found that the foam kind of highlighted dry parts of your face a little if I didn't do this straight before applying it and by doing this it also blended more effectively thus making you look less caked in foundation. As good as this is I would actually recommend that you used a tinted moisturiser instead such as the No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser instead as it does exactly the same thing but with less effort in the mornings.
I found 'Gold' by chance in a closing down book shop and only paid a couple of pounds for it. Though I wasn't expecting much the first page was written very interestingly. Dan Rhodes is a relatively new British author who has also written 'Timoleon Vieta Come Home' and more recently 'This is Life', but 'Gold' become my stepping stone into his marvellous work. 'Gold' is set in a Welsh village focussing on Miyuki Woodward as she spends her annual 2 week holiday apart from her partner Grindl, making sure not to contact one another in any way during this period which cements the idea of a modern day relationship. Miyuki however doesn't have her escape during the summer like the rest of us and instead visits the same village every winter, wanting nothing but the comfort of some "brains" down her throat and to read in a peaceful cottage in front of a roaring fire. Without giving much away, other characters include Septic Barry and his Children from previous relationships, Mr Puw, Tall Mr Hughes and Short Mr Hughes who also frequent the local pub and drink together with Miyuki and though conversation between them is sparse, Rhodes gives off the idea that over the years during Miyuki's visits she has grown to know various details. There is much more to this book such as the Gold rocks on the bay, reaching 100 sneezes without anyone noticing then passing away, gold specks on her wellies and the disappearance of Tall Mr Hughes. There is something to be said for the simplicity of this book, it doesn't force images upon you but rather Rhodes lays out the truth before you hoping you understand the subtle references and hints that make up the life of the common people in our society. Makes you think that there is something to be said for those strange occurrences in our lives.