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Marry Me [Hardcover]

Dan Rhodes
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31 Jan 2013
Essential reading for anyone who is, has ever been, or might one day be married.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857868497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857868497
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Savagely funny, startlingly original (The Times )

One of the most inventive authors around (Heat )

Oh, how we love Dan Rhodes . . . Reliably odd but fabulous (Guardian )

Rhodes is that real, rare thing - a natural storyteller (Sunday Times )

My favourite writer who isn't dead (Stewart Lee )

A literary treasure (Louis De Bernieres )

Dan Rhodes is a true original, with a fresh, funny, quirky style that seems to owe nothing to other writers and everything to his own powers of invention (Hilary Mantel )

Marriage, in these stories, is a process that reveals glaring blind spots in relationships, to comic, tragic and sometimes bizarre effect. (Ted Hodgkinson Granta 20130226)

Few writers can match Rhodes gag for gag; fewer still can match his effortless creation of a fully realised fictional universe. (Stuart Evers Daily Telegraph 20130302)

Rhodes's gift is to sketch a situation deadpan, and to imply the world it arises from. Taken individually, many of them could be the script for a gag cartoon or a bit in a standup routine, but in aggregate, they build up to a worldview: quirky, jaded, and yet strangely tender. They provoke a curdled eye-boggle of recognition, a yelp of laughter, a groan.. or - the best of them - a sense of restrained but accepting melancholy (Sam Leith The Guardian 20130208)

Rhodes has conjured an unmissable treat... (We Love This Book 20130101)

Rhodes is brilliant at overturning convention and expected emotion. He takes an idea and elopes with it. (Kate Kellaway The Observer 20130127)

...they pack an elegant, occasionally devastating, punch (Alice Jones the Independent 20130214)

Rhodes has conjured an unmissable treat for fans of microfiction, beautiful books and quirky writing (We Love this Book )

Weird and wonderful . . . The perfect quirky Valentine's Day gift for the literary lover in your life (Heat )

Rhodes's lightness of touch, haiku-like brevity and willingness to break out the odd moment of romantic optimism makes for a fun, angst-free read (Metro )

Taken individually, the stories iunvariably raise a chuckle, usually accompanied by a wince and an involuntary acknowledgement of the truth behind the sloppy stuff of romance. But more impressively, when taken as a whole, Marry Me amounts to a bleak yet funny world view, as if PG Wodehouse and Graham Greene had got together to form a greetings card company (Independent )

The perfect way to while away a wintry afternoon (Bookmunch )

Few writers can match Rhpdes gag for gag; fewer still can match his effortless creation of a fully realised fictional universe (Stuart Evers Daily Telegraph )

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MARRY ME by Dan Rhodes is the sequel to his ANTHROPOLOGY AND 100 OTHER STORIES

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Although I bought and read this on my Kindle, I first saw it in with the 'romantic' selection for Valentine's Day at my local bookstore. Not a good place for it (though it made my evil side smile).
If you've read any Dan Rhodes before, especially his first book Anthropology, you'll have an idea what to expect. There are lots of (very) short stories in this collection, and it is perhaps best considered as the follow-up to that first collection. There is romance (honestly) - the one titled Goethe springs to mind. Mostly though they're a little twisted, dark, sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter. If you've enjoyed Dan Rhodes before you'll probably like this. If you've read him and hated it this won't be changing many minds. If you've not read any, starting here would do no harm, but take note of some of the comments on the poor reviews - it depends what you're looking for!
It only took me an hour or so to read the whole collection, but it raised a lot of chuckles, and, to quote one of the stories, it would have been hypocritical to refuse to cooperate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, dark and funny. 25 Feb 2013
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Be it short, short stories such as this collection or a full length novel Dan Rhodes always manages to produce a story with a twist. I've read everyone of his books and they have never disappointed. Here we have tales of love and marriage the Rhodes way. Tragedy slips immediately into dark humour, pathos into shallow indifference.
Surely he can't keep this level up forever. The man is too clever by half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V. funny & great quick read 12 May 2013
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V. funny short short stories which are great for just before sleep time. Dan Rhodes writes surreal modern stories, usually with twists. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Rhodes - what a treat 3 April 2013
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If you haven't read any Dan Rhodes you are really missing out. I love all his stuff, but my all time favourite was Anthropology (maybe my best book of all time), a selection of tiny short stories. This has a similar format, lots of little stories connected to marriage and relationships. Very funny indeed, am absolute delight. The only problem is that you read them so quickly you can speed through the book in one sitting, I limited myself to just 5 stories a night so I could savour them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another far from lovey-dovey gem from Rhodes 4 Feb 2013
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I had to smile when I passed a display in my local bookshop this weekend, a table covered with flowers, gifts, sentimental books and in the middle a stack of this book. If you've read any of Dan Rhodes's short fiction before, such as "Anthropology" or "Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love" you'll know that Rhodes has a wicked sense of humour, and that the path of true love is often far from smooth.

A sequel of sorts to "Anthropology", "Marry Me" contains 70-odd very short stories - some only a few sentences long, the longest no more than a page and a half - this time devoted to love and marriage. In typical Rhodes style the delivery is deadpan, almost flat, but hilariously funny, and in the majority of the tales relationships end, partners die, ex-partners return to rub salt into the wounds of jilted lovers... If you like dark humour you'll love it, and I loved reading this book over a couple of hours this weekend, laughing at most of the tales, reading many to my partner (she loved them too).

A tip: Don't buy this somebody for Valentines Day, swayed by the title. Have a look at it in a shop or on Rhodes's website, where you'll find a couple of videos of stories being read. It's a great little book, and Rhodes continues to be my favourite current author. I loved it.
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