Friday, November 11, 2011

Top ten short books

Dan Rhodes is the author of Little Hands Clapping, Anthropology, Timoleon Vieta Come Home, and Gold, a tale of a Japanese woman finding her place in a small, Welsh seaside community. It is a short book and, according to the book's publisher, read it and "you'll laugh, probably cry and you'll be finished in time to go to the pub."

In 2007, Rhodes named his top 10 short books for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

The book is sadder and funnier than the film, and it doesn't end with a rom-com-cop-out. Holly is more vulnerable and hopeless - still very sexy though. Would this be a good time to mention that I loathe the word novella? It's so frilly and twee. Slim volume, short novel - anything but novella.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue