I have just finished reading “Timoleon Vieta Come Home” by Dan Rhodes. It is a bit odd, but quite interesting.
We are introduced to a character called Cockcroft, a gay aging man who used to be famous for his music and has fallen out of favour with the world after saying controversial things. He lives on his own with his dog Timoleon Vieta who is his faithful companion who appeared out of the blue one day and stayed with him.
This little relationship is tested when a stranger appears and starts living with the old man, but despises the dog and how the old man treats him as an equal. The tension leads to the dog being forced out of the house and he starts his journey to try to return to his owner. Along the way, he passes through many places and we meet random characters who have their own little subtext stories, some happy, some sad. These characters seem totally unrelated to each other but they are lovely little descriptions of these characters’ lives and we learn just enough about them to be able to appreciate the little stories.
As these subtexts are happening, the main story of the old man and the stranger known only as the Bosnian is playing out, with the Bosnian disliking the dog and not being particularly fond of the old man but still using his house as a refuge from his own demons back home.
This isn’t something i would usually choose to read, but as i was given it i decided to give it a shot. It’s nice to have a book which includes so many stories alongside the main plot, and to meet such a range of characters gives a nice depth to the book. I felt sorry for many of the characters as they deal with misfortunes and the consequences of their actions but there is still an element of positivity in the story as it progresses and certainly the ending is a sort of happy one.
I give it 6/10 because it is interesting and quite well written enough to make me want to read the whole thing, but its not my favourite book or genre. A book about life, it is interesting enough, but i need a bit more action or drama as this is a little tame! I’d recommend it as an easy read, it didn’t take long to read, and as something a bit different.