Tongue-in-cheek humour highlights Dan Rhodes' fifth novel.
Tongue-in-cheek humour highlights Dan Rhodes' fifth novel. Contributed

Book review: This is Life

BOOK: This is Life
AUTHOR: Dan Rhodes
PUBLISHER: Allen and Unwin
RRP: $29.99


DAN Rhodes has established a reputation as a writer of quirky, offbeat stories.

This is his fifth novel and continues his distinctive prose style with his usual touches of tongue-in-cheek humour.

It's a warm, light-hearted read if you can suspend disbelief over his characters' antics for long enough.

Young art student Aurelie Renard is the pivotal figure in a madcap round of adventures which begins by inadvertently hitting a baby in its pram while she is engaged in an artistic manoeuvre.

Mayhem ensues, and a host of kooky characters is woven into this weird, largely implausible story.

Rhodes' imagination knows no bounds, but needs a firmer grip on his editing.

The setting, Paris, is never really brought to life.

Despite many funny moments, the whole never really hangs together or engages me.
 



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