Monday, 4 February 2013

Review of This is Life by Dan Rhodes

This is the first book by Dan Rhodes that I have read and I can only say it was bonkers.  People meeting their soul mates and falling in love, is an everyday occurrence, but when you do that based a single photograph and then travel half way across the world to be with your soul mate.  Really?

When art student Aurelie sets out on her project little did she know that her chosen subject would create havoc in her life culminating in her being handed a baby to care for for the week.  A baby that she explains away as being rubber and then accidentally ends up shooting  She also falls madly in love with a crazy artist named Le Machine.

Le Machine has numerous issues and is embarking on a 3 month exhibition aptly named Life.  Le machine exists on a stage for a 12 week period.  Totally naked and recording all his bodily wastes all int he mane of are.  Would people really want to go and watch something like that? Yeah, I suppose there would be a few.

The book was at times just plain silly but the characters were brought to life in such a way that you instantly connected with them.  For all it's silliness this was a book that I couldn't put down and it was just a pure escape from reality.  I thought it was totally brilliant and will definitely be looking out for more of Dan Rhodes books.

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