I have never felt strongly enough about a book to write a review but this book really had a deep impact on me. The cover includes such bold statements as 'hysterically funny' and 'a delight, a masterpiece of beautifully unforced comedy'. These statements are a little misleading to say the least. I actually enjoyed some of the book, I liked the short stories, they were mostly tragic but beautiful and I initially quite liked the main character Cockcroft. I felt the book was leading me to a happy satisying ending but the actual ending was more like a punch in the face. As a dog lover I found the violent end to Timoleon Vieta to be horrific, absolutely heartbreaking. I don't know if I was expected to feel happy for Cockcroft because he gets his happy ending, but I hated him in the end for what he did. I get that the author was probably trying to say something important/arty or make the reader 'feel' something or some other such rubbish but after feeling the negative emotions this book made me feel, it was NOT worth it. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone who cares about animals, in fact I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who has a heart not made of ice. Depressing and unpleasant, AVOID!