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Aging homosexual Cockcroft lives with his mongrel dog Timoleon Vieta, who has the most beautiful eyes, in splendid isolation in the Umbrian countryside in Italy, reminiscing about the boy in silver shorts who used to go out with him. One day in walks the malevolent ‘Bosnian' who Timoleon Vieta takes an instant dislike to.
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The Bosnian does odd jobs around the house until Wednesday evening when it is time to pay his rent in sexual favours, a joke that Cockcroft had made countless times but never expected anyone to take him up on. When Timoleon Vieta bites the Bosnian's hand the Bosnian makes an ultimatum to Cockcroft, one of them has to go. Blind drunk Cockcroft agrees to let Timoleon Vieta go and they drive into Rome to dump the dog by the Colliseum.

In the second part of the book we meet all the people that Timoleon Vieta encounters on his way back to the farmhouse. There is a Welsh girl who is being two-timed by her Italian lover. A Chinese orphan who is horrible to her step-father. A studious deaf girl who takes up with the local delinquent thus re-enacting an age old village folklore. But she dumps the delinquent and he tries to commit suicide. A girl Rosa who has learning difficulties and occasionally smiles which her father has yet to see. And a disfigured Cambodian girl who stares at Timoleon's image in a photo her beautiful married sister has taken on her trip to Italy.   Timoleon finally staggers back to the farmhouse to have one final encounter with the Bosnian and Cockcroft is reunited with the boy in silver shorts.

The review of this Book prepared by John Marcel

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   dog Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   two guys doing it Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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