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The Dandelion Clock [Paperback]

Jay Mandal
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11 Mar 2008
1986. If David hadn't missed his train and if Rob hadn't been in the kitchen when his mother was baking a birthday cake, they might never have met. Both found themselves sitting at the same table in the café on Waterloo Station and got talking. There was an instant rapport between them, despite their differences: David, twenty-eight, with a good job and a house all to himself; Rob, ten years younger, jobless and homeless. The solution to the latter seemed obvious . But was David just being a good Samaritan or were his motives suspect? And why had Rob left home?

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: BeWrite Books (11 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905202784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905202782
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,042,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a marvellous story from start to finish ... your work struck a deep chord with me. -- Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Common Sons and Uncle Sean

My personal recommendation is this excellent book by Jay Mandal ... sensitively, humorously and believably related. An engrossing read. -- Tony Heyes, The Sunday Express

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A suspicious and penniless down-and-out and a rising executive meet on a railway station. Slowly, unintentionally, the unlikely pair fall in love. What makes them even more the odd couple is that they are both men. In THE DANDELION CLOCK, JAY MANDAL spins a story of true romance without burdening his reader with gay political issues. Even rare sex scenes are woven with an artistry that uplifts rather than shocks. A novel of love for all genders. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny and Moving Romance 5 Aug 2004
By Tony Heyes VINE VOICE
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Many readers of gay books grow weary of the same old formula - two people fall in love, they are "outed", the world is against them, but finally they win through. It is time for gay novels to move on and Jay Mandal's "The Dandelion Clock" does just that. There is nothing formulaic about it. There is no violence and no bigotry but the slow unfolding of the story of a love forged in a different kind of adversity.
David and Rob meet by chance on a railway station in London. Rob, a boy of 17, has run away from home. David, who works in the City, is house-sitting for his parents and offers him a bed for the night. Rob is wary but desperate and accepts. The following day he panics and runs off, only to return after another lonely night on the railway station. David, despite his misgivings, takes him in again and eventually falls in love with him but, being a man of integrity and assuming he is straight, does not tell him. After twelve months David's parents return from the U.S. and Rob moves out. David is heart-broken but determines not to see Rob again: better a clean break than prolonging the agony of unrequited love.
This, however, is not the end of the story. David's parents go abroad again and Rob asks if he can move back in. Thereafter the plot thickens. A very shaky relationship ensues. Rob is not all he seemed and is haunted by demons from his past. These cast a shadow over the relationship and only slowly are they revealed and exorcised. Jay Mandal excels in depicting the emotional roller-coaster his characters are on. His dialogue is totally believable yet very often we read between the lines. The subtext is as important as the text and the subtleties of the relationship are skilfully drawn. For anyone who wants to read a novel about a gay relationship that concentrates less on bedroom athletics than psychological realities, is leavened with great good humour and is thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying, then this book cannot be recommended too highly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reader from UK 9 May 2004
By A Customer
This book was one of the best love stories I have ever read. It's sweet, funny, romantic, sad and definitely a 'can't put down'. This is not a sexually explicit book but that doesn't matter at all. The characters go well together, there is real chemistry between them and you really care what happens to them. When you find yourself waking up at 6am on Sunday morning to carry on reading, because you're at a crucial place and you've got to know what happens next, then it's a very good book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good love story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional story; a very good read 16 May 2008
By Lexia
I have just finished this book of Jay Mandal and have to recommend it to anyone who enjoys an emotional story with real life-like characters.
It is a beautiful love story, with characters that I felt both sympathy and empathy with. Regardless of whether they are male or female, each character shows the basics of human nature, emotion and love and the fragility of our relationships, if we do not communicate well.
Thanks for the opportunity to read this story, Jay - it is quite unlike my usual sort of read but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 29 April 2007
By Teacher
The book is true to its description on the cover; 'it is a love story of gentle humour and warmth which shows that people, in love as well as in life, are all the same.' In this case, they happen to be David and Rob. The book traces their relationship from a tense beginning, through the all-too-human misunderstandings and doubts to a crisis which they need to overcome together.

It's written with great sensitivity. The dialogue is well constructed and the story pogresses at a pace which allows the reader to enjoy the ebb and flow of emotions which we will all recognise. There is hunour throughout. The characters are skilfully drawn and have a very real presence from early in the book.

Jay Mandal is clearly an accomplished writer in complete control of his material. This book will not disappoint you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect love story 15 Jun 2008
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this gentle love story demands your attention and holds your attention thro0ughout. The author's strengths lie in his ability to create tension without overdoing it, without clichés too, and in his superb handling of the dialogue between the two main charactrs. If you want a beautiful gay love story, go no further than this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly compelling 4 July 2008
By Rosalie
A moving and beautifully-written love story. The characters are convincing and delightful and the story unwinds at just the right pace. I'm a great fan of Armistead Maupin and I think he has just got himself a rival. I'll certainly be looking out for more of Jay Mandal's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and heartwarmng love story. 12 Oct 2009
By Steve
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This book is tender and romantic with, at its core, two lovely guys. It is also realistic. I particularly felt for David, who falls in love with Rob, some years his junior, 'knowing' that Rob is straight. The book brilliantly portrays the joy of being in love with another person, the dread that they might go away and the agony of a love that is unrequited and unrequitable. The agony which David feels when he wants to reach out and touch Rob but dare not was especially poignant. When the book takes a surprising but welcome turn, and a relationship begins between the two, Mandal conveys perfectly the sense of fragility, as well as the ecstasy, of a loving but complex partnership. This book could easily be a slice of life for many of us: not high drama in the grand scheme of things but portraying the most intense feelings most of us will ever experience and perfectly communicating their significance for both David and Rob. It is beautifully written and the characters of David and Rob stuck in my mind long after I put the book down. I shall certainly read it again.
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