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Gold Paperback – July 27, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1847670168 ISBN-10: 1847670164

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate U.S. (July 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This tenderly funny tale from British author Rhodes (Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love) traces the sweetly unsentimental course of Miyuke Woodward's annual holiday at a rustic Welsh coastal cottage. Miyuke and lover Grindl (known as the Lesbians in the small town where they have a decorating business) spend a month apart on separate, two-week vacations each year. This year, vacationing Miyuke spends her days as always, indulging in junk food and beer at the local pub, reading a book a day and walking across fields and along the seaside cliffs, until she discovers a rock that glows golden in the afternoon sunlight. Impulsively, she decides to paint it gold, only to be seen doing so by a pub regular, tall Mr. Hughes, who subsequently disappears from his usual spot at the bar. Confronted by two other pub regulars, short Mr. Hughes and Mr. Puw, Miyuke tells of the rock, and the three set off to find their compatriot. Rhodes's tale features lovely touches (such as the Children from Previous Relationships, a local band that's never played in public), and effortlessly ends an immaculately crafted story of minor perturbations and their unpredictable outcomes. (Sept.)
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"'Hilarious and acutely affecting.' - Independent on Sunday 'Absolutely flawless comic writing. Original, fresh and funny.' - Observer 'Laugh-out-loud funny.' - Heat 'Smashing. Had me snorting like a hippo in mud.' - Sunday Herald" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. McCullough-Perreman on June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Such a great story. Loved getting to 'know' the characters. Quirky and 'real', but I couldn't help feeling like there should be more to the story. Thought the author really connected and presented a vivid 'snapshot' of the human condition, and could have given the reader more of that. Whithout 'spoiling' the end, I felt the reader was never given a clue as to why the letter and subsequent events happened. It felt so disconnected.
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When his collection of micro-fiction "Antropology" was first published about 10 years ago, Dan Rhodes's wonderfully ascerbic bite-sized nuggets on the funnier side of human nature won him a placing among the shortlist for the Macmillan Silver Pen.

He followed up that successful debut with a sophomore collection "Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love", a wonderfully enlightening and whimsical collection of longer stories.

I've also enjoyed "The Little White Car", written under the female pseudonym Danuta De Rhodes, his irreverently funny novel about the travails of a female driver who may have been involved in the fatal accident killing English royalty.

This delightful and humorous novel, "Gold" is set against a Welsh coastal village, with yearly visitor, half-Japanese girl Miyuki Woodward, who is as displaced as her name sounds.

Other writers may flag at spelling out the seemingly mundane details, but Rhodes excels at fleshing out Miyuki's sojourn in uncomplicated prose, even as he makes rather incisive character studies, without seeming to draw particular attention to them.

What wins the reader over is his obviously sympathetic treatment of his comic characters who rise above mere caricature because he makes the effort to let on some backstory (especially of Septic Barry, a human waste disposal business owner, with a side band called 'The Children from Previous Relationships', which has never played a note throughout their non-existent career) These pieces of backstory are never overwhelming and at times even glossed over, but just enough to let the reader make sense of the characters' motivations.
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By Björn Weizenkeim on October 12, 2010
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Folks, this book is a treat indeed. It was really "unputdownable" (quotation from the back cover), except after the first 160 pages I had to call it a day and finish it off the next day.
It's very funny, it's very human, it's full of little surprises, including the language which Rhodes can play with incredibly well.
Also, it's very Welsh, even though the author is not from Wales. In fact, it reminded me strongly of THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN (the novel and the movie), and WAKING NED (DEVINE).
I wouldn't be surprised if they made this novel into a terrific movie, too ...
In any case, do go out of your way and buy this book!
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By Pope Mel on January 2, 2013
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Monday is trivia/quiz night, and the gang down at Cheers, I mean - the Anchor, a village pub in Wales, is getting psyched. Septic Barry and the Children from Previous Relationships don't stand a chance against the team of Hughes Puw Hughes, especially the two weeks of the year when their roster reads:
1. Tall Mr. Hughes
2. Mr. Puw
3. Short Mr. Hughes
4. Japanese Girl

The "secret" Asian in question is Miyuki, a half-Welsh/half-Japanese woman who spends two weeks a year in this quaint village as a sort of temporary declaration of independence from her significant other. She spends her time walking, brooding about her life, reading a book a day, and drinking pints of Brains Bitter. Though she's been coming to the seaside town every winter for eight years, she's never really gotten to know her drinking chums until a recent spontaneous act of public artwork, or vandalism, as the town refers to it, finds her drawing closer to Cliff Clavin, I mean - Tall Mr. Hughes.

This is a fun fast read, and a great way to pass a dreary winter afternoon. My only complaints? I would have liked to have spent a little more time with the colorful locals, AND - the book has such a light, breezy, comic tone that the revelation at the end came as a real kick in the crotch. I wanted to scream, "Miyuki, go back! Go back to the Anchor! You want to be where people know people are all the same. You want to be where everybody knows your name, I mean - you as the Japanese Girl."
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Madame Stone on November 21, 2007
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It's not easy finding Dan Rhodes' books on this side of the pond, but through Amazon, I was able to find them all.
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