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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.