By Dan Rhodes.

Yes, more spring book reviews (this one is old school people) but worth it.

A quirky tale of a disgraced composer named Cockroft who takes to the Italian countryside in seclusion. He accepts a fair amount of male-lovers and dotes on his beloved mongrel with eyes “as pretty as a little girl’s, Timoleon Vieta.  A strange, cruel man known as The Bosnian randomly appears, moves in with Cockroft and kicks the dog to the curb. Timoleon is left alone to wander from Rome, up north and back along the countryside to his master. The footsteps of the dog guide the reader down a path of disconnected stories, united only by their common themes of love lost, tragic happenings, loneliness, and the singular stark image of Timoleon Vieta on his way home.  Rhode’s book is strange, shocking, honest and occasionally obscene but always digging up something hidden that turns out to be weirdly familiar. It smacks you right in the face. It’s a dangerously funny and twisted writing effort by this British writer who makes you laugh and then makes you wonder why you are laughing. It ranges in the emotion department and soon you are crying, especially when something ugly may or may not be done to a dog using a spoon.

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