Genres: Romance, Humour, Short Stories
Release Date: 04/02/2010
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In 101 words each, the
101 witty, haunting stories of Anthropology chronicle the search for
love in an age preoccupied with sex. Each story is a pure distillation
of heartbreak, longing, delusion, and bliss. Each spins speedily,
shockingly, to its unpredictable climax. And each is unlike anything you
have read before.
Anthropology's macabre humor builds
imperceptibly, story by story and girlfriend by girlfriend, until it
reflects with surreal accuracy how we try to complete ourselves
through - or at the expense of - another. Read it to laugh and forget your
sorrows; read it to recognize and remember your delights; read it to
discover a vivid, provocative new talent.
Anthropology is my first foray into the vast and strange world of Dan Rhodes mind and I don't think it will be my last. This 101 page book somehow manages to may every single page story relatable, funny sad and poetic. Ranging from the silly ('My girlfriend was lost in space') to the downright bizarre ('I found my girlfriend smashing our two year old's toes with a rock'), I read the whole book in one sitting but would have happily read five or six.
My girlfriend is so besotted that she can't take her eyes off me. After
we've turned out the light she puts on her night-vision goggles, and
watched me as I sleep. Quite often I am woken by her sighing and
involuntary yelps of happiness. This has been going on for years, and is
showing no sign of abating. Once I asked her to stop all this infra-red
activity, but it didn't really work; I'd wake up to find her covering
me in luminous paint, and softly whispering, 'Sometimes I wonder if you
know how much I love you.”
The above quote was the story I bookmarked and it's easily my favourite. Despite many of these stories being downright weird they're also relatable. I did definitely get a Tim Burton feel from these and if you're a fan of his work, this book is definitely for you.