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The Man with the Dancing Eyes [Hardcover]

Sophie Dahl , Anne Morris
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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15 Jan 2003
'In the golden half light of a midsummer's evening, the sort where any kind of magic can occur, and often does, in the midst of a party held in a wild and rambling garden stood Pierre, teetering on highly unsuitable heels, surrounded by overripe roses.' On that midsummer evening, Pierre, the daughter of a bumbling botanist and a ravishing Italian soprano, sweet and shy and gangly as a baby giraffe, meets a man with dancing eyes...Alas, in the midst of a glorious affair, an indiscretion is committed and Pierre flees to New York. But forgetting her beloved proves far harder than she imagines...Magical, bittersweet, and utterly charming, Sophie Dahl's debut is an old-fashioned romance for a modern day world.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition First Impression edition (15 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747563721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747563723
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sophie Dahl began her career as a model but writing has always been her first love. Her first novel, Playing with the Grown-Ups, was published in 2007 following her bestselling illustrated novella, The Man with the Dancing Eyes. Sophie was contributing editor for Men's Vogue for three years and now works for, amongst others, British Vogue, American Vogue, The Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Spectator and The Times. Her first cook book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights, was published in 2009 to rave reviews and her prime time BBC cookery show starts in March 2010. After an eight-year sojourn in New York, Sophie now lives in London.

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"'The Man with Dancing Eyes' is sure to be the book every fashionista will be reading" -- Evening Standard

"Charming" -- The Daily Telegraph, !st February 2003

"a feel good read" -- Eve, February 2003

From the Publisher

The magical debut from Sophie Dahl, international model and granddaughter of Roald Dahl.

With Stunning illustrations by Annie Morris, this si a perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! My Favourite feel good book! 17 April 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh dear me! There are a lot of cynics out there! it's not Shakespeare! Nor is it Roald Dahl, but then again, it's not supposed to be!
The story is short, fairy tale like, whimsical even, but in all the doom and gloom in the world this is what we need!
The romantic notion of a man with dancing eye's and the messy and quirky illustrations makes this one of my all time favourite books!
It's light hearted and a feel good read, always cheers me up when I'm blue!
Don't read it if you're looking for a piece of in depth, gripping literature, you will be disappointed, but if you want a short story that you will cherish and adore, a story that can take you to another place, all be it "fluffy and girly" (what's wrong with that?) this is the book for you!
As for Sofie Dahl having a bash at writing, why shouldn't she? She will never compete with her grandfather, then again, she hasn't tried to!
I love it! :-)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man With The Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl 11 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Sophie Dahl's first foray into the land of storytelling can only be described as a success. This enchanting modern day fairytale is a light hearted read which warms the heart without glossing over the realities of real life love. The flaws in the relationship between our heroine Pierre and her lover, referred to only as The Man With The Dancing Eyes, are clearly visible and yet you can't help but hope that everything will work out for them in them end. Injections of humour throughout the story had me laughing out loud and the illustrations add an essential element to this tale, each one different but inspiring. I couldn't turn then page fast enough to discover what the next one would be and i was never disappointed. This book is a must read for anyone in love with love.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful. 17 Feb 2003
A stunning fairytail for adults. I read this book without putting it down once, though i do agree it is a short story it is so beautifully written and the influence of her Grandfather can not be missed. Excellent illustration too. A must buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely engaging 23 July 2004
By rp
I listened to Sophie Dahl read this on Radio 4 on Valentines Day and actually really enjoyed it. It's quirky and not too contrived. Dahl has a nice way with words. I thumbed through it in the book shop and the illustrations look really good. I hope this isn't some flash-in-the-pan for Dahl, because it would actually be interesting to see a model become a proper writer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense 24 Aug 2013
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I bought this after reading Sophie Dahl's Playing with the grown-ups which I really enjoyed however the man with the dancing eyes was a total disappointment and I can't think of anybody it would appeal to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful illustrations 17 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
simple short story written along the lines of a poem and beautifully illustrated making it a book to look at rather than take away for a holiday read.
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