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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (28 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073945157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841955285
  • ASIN: 1841955280
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Duncan on 6 Sep 2005
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This is perfect for a bubblegum read in the sun - the laughable story line does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of this book.
There is an undercurrent of cynicism, could call it realism I guess, underpinning the characters, the chipped and bent motivations and behaviour are painfully familiar, even a 'happy' ending can't save this lot. For me this lifts the little white car above the usual drossy chick lit it's parodying.
It's undoubtably from the hand of Dan Rhodes - if you liked the other stuff you'll love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Bellinger on 17 July 2004
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'The Little White Car' has had some very bad press, but I think it is unfair. I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy tale, set in France. A perfect holiday read that you can get through in an afternoon, preferably in the sunshine somewhere!
Rumour has it that the author, Danuta de Rhodes is really Dan Rhodes, previous author of some books that I have read but did not enjoy too much. If it really is the same person, then he/she has changed style for the better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug 2004
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Well I think it's safe to say that this book was written by Dan Rhodes, and is the funniest book I have read in years. The completely implausible plot is spoofing all the naff chicklit that has terrorised us over the past few years, but at the same time is totally charming and warm. The characters are brilliant, especially enjoying Estelle who for some obscure reason is studying welsh poetry; the doctor who can dance, and Clement who almost has an episode with the dog bowl. It's only a short bookso I won't say any more about it - just read it (and if you haven't read Timoleon Vieta Come Home yet then buy that whilst you are on here), and don't take it too seriously!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Is on 8 July 2004
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This slim, Nancy Mitford-esque volume is great for reading in the park (preferable Jardin de Luxembourg, of course) on a sunny afternoon. Its chic, continental wit would appear to be proof that yes, French people do have a sense of humour - who would have thought it?
After a discussion about whether an experimental East European music collective has ripped off the chorus from that old Vanessa Paradis-hit, "Joe le Taxi", Veronique decides it's time to break up with her boho boyfriend. More than a little tipsy, she gets into her white Fiat Uno and drives home, via the Pont de L'Alma tunnel. It's the 31 August 1997, the night Princess Diana dies in the very same tunnel. Waking up with a raging hangover the next morning, Veronique turns on the news and realises that the whole country is on the search for her and her little white car...
What follows is an irresistible screw-ball comedy plot. Veronique and her best friend Estelle (who's a bundle of sexy, neurotic fun in the way French fictional characters always are) work their way through men and money-making schemes in a bid to get rid of the incriminating car. It's a lot of fun, in a dead-pan and somehow British way...
Last, a speculation: the cover of the book looks very much like "Timoleon Vieta Come Home" by Dan Rhodes, and the author's name is also suspiciously similar. The front page doesn't give any details of an original, French title, and there doesn't seem to be any translator. Maybe the French don't have a sense of humour after all, but the Scots do?
I remember that a French book with an identical starting point - what happened to the person driving the car involved in Diana's death? - was published in French last year. I think it was called "Le 31 de mois d'aout" by Laurence Cosse.
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Dan Rhodes has found a knack at finding a quirky way of spinning a well-known story. I've read most of his books and this has all the hallmarks of a Rhodes story ;interesting characters who do bizarre things!
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