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The Little White Car Unknown Binding – March 16, 2004


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Canongate U.S. (March 16, 2004)
  • ASIN: B001Y0ZXX4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tito on July 19, 2006
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While I'll acknowledge that this doesn't have the depth or emotional gravity of Timoleon Vieta, Come Home (one of the best short story cycles I've ever read, and I've read a few), it's not possible for me to give this work less than 3 stars. Even when Rhodes is producing something breezy and fun such as The Little White Car, he manages to do so with a certain deftness of prose that (in my humble opinion) makes you realize you're reading the words of a prodigious talent.

I'd say that this is analogous to reading Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County after having read Roughing It or Huckleberry Finn, in that you know the opus is lighter, but you know that the prose is good and that the writer is more than capable. It's not TVCH, but then what is? If every writer could write only one work in his life and have it be that good, he could call himself a success.

This novel is reasonably engaging and quite entertaining. Take it on your European vacation with you, and read it at the cafe in Paris or on a Greek island beach. It's orders of magnitude better than subjecting yourself to Sidney Sheldon or VC Andrews or some such tripe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bowery boy on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this novel is great, I loved Veronique and her wacky friends but ultimately the novel goes absolutely nowhere and is a waste of what could have been a fun novel. There are some laugh out loud moments but the story is lacking substance in a lot of areas. I felt kind of cheated when I finished reading it. If you want to read a better example of what this book could have been try out Jen Banbury's Like A Hole In The Head.
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This was an enjoyable read. The unlikely plot still manages to be believable and the unusual characters which were at first slightly annoying, become increasingly likeable. This story is definitely something a little bit different and very Dan Rhodes!
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By C. Soto on December 22, 2012
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I discovered this book by accident at a local bookstore about 10 years ago and couldn't put it down. The writing was fun and quirky and made me laugh. Recently I ordered a copy through Amazon and am enjoying it again as I did way back then.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Kochenburg on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult to write funny. The best most people can do is mildly amusing. That's about where I'd rate this attempt at writing funny. Dan Rhodes produced this very slim novel as Danuta de Rhodes (wink, wink) so maybe we'll think it was the translated work of a breathless French coquette. The main character, Veronique, is a very young (French) woman with a problem. She thinks she may have killed the princess (Diana, of course) after getting stoned and breaking up with her weird boyfriend, Jean-Pierre. That's the set up. Don't you just love it? (No, not me.) The point of the novel is sort of slippery or perhaps non-existent altogether but I think that maybe Uncle Thierry is the lynch pin of it all.

As I read it I was vaguely reminded of Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding's brilliantly zany young British woman. Of course Fielding called on Jane Austin for back-up. All Rhodes had was Uncle Thierry. There are no big laughs but occasionally this book is mildly amusing. Put it way down on your reading list, if at all.
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