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'Gold' by Dan Rhodes - little piece of treasure for your bookshelf
Gold - Dan Rhodes
Member Name: Mariazinha
Gold - Dan Rhodes
Advantages: Good characters, intricate details, enjoyable to read
Disadvantages: short, minor plot annoyances
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.
Summary: Brilliant book but not what you may be expecting.