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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  626 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Like a Welsh Amélie set in a pub, Gold is a tender, understated tale of love, loss, and growing up. It is also vintage Dan Rhodes, one of the most critically beloved novelists working today. Miyuki Woodward, lover of beer and microwaveable food, has been taking a two-week vacation—away from her companion—to the same seaside town in Wales for the last eight years. She is ma ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 27th 2007 by Canongate U.S. (first published 2007)
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Melki
Monday is trivia/quiz night, and the gang down at Cheers the Anchor, a village pub in Wales, is getting psyched. Septic Barry and the Children from Previous Relationships don't stand a chance against the team of Hughes Puw Hughes, especially the two weeks of the year when their roster reads:
1. Tall Mr. Hughes
2. Mr. Puw
3. Short Mr. Hughes
4. Japanese Girl

The "secret" Asian in question is Miyuki, a half-Welsh/half-Japanese woman who spends two weeks a year in this quaint village as a sort of tempo
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Oriana
I found this on the $1 cart at the fabulous Book Thug Nation (their $1 carts have a better selection than most entire bookshops) and bought it because it had a neat cover. I don't know anything about Dan Rhodes, but apparently he's a comic novelist from Edinburgh and has written a bunch of books.

So this is a very quite, slow book. It's about Miyuki, who takes a two-week vacation from her partner each year so they can prove their independence and remember why they love each other. She spends her
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sisterimapoet
I often dislike books that try to be funny - and the covers of this are adorned with comments about how hilarious this novel is. But I really enjoyed my other Rhodes read so was keen to give this a go.

And I wasn't disappointed. It was the right sort of funny for me, more a case of keen observational humour. And it was very British with it which helped. A neat little story that allowed for a true feeling of warmth for the central character, Miyuki.

It almost makes me want to go to visit Wales in t
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David
Whilst helping Mark move into his new digs this past weekend, I had a chance to go through his book collection. It's always intriguing to me to see which books a person chooses to tote around with them. In perusing the collection, I happened across Gold by an author I'd never heard of before. Mark recalled reading the book whilst in hospital recovering from appendicitis (and high on a morphine drip). Hearing his fondness for the book and the characters, I decided to give it a go - after all it w ...more
Sylvester
Every so often I do this experiment - I read a book set in the present time, written by a current author. I want the experiment to turn out different, but usually find myself right *here*. Why do I find "present time" settings so bland and flat? They utterly bore me when they don't just irritate me. And it must be some failing in me, because thousands of readers are enthralled and captivated by these stories. (I wonder about myself sometimes.) "Gold" wasn't bad at all, considering. It was easy t ...more
poppyshake
I really enjoyed this book, very quirky and witty. I loved all the characters especially Miyuki, the Welsh/Japanese girl who has spent a fortnight every Winter in the same seaside town .. only 100 miles from home .. for the last eight years eating junk food, reading a book a day and drinking 'Brains' beer in The Anchor, just so that she can appreciate her love for Grindl (absence making the heart grow fonder and all that). Not much happens but I could have read about that 'not much' happening fo ...more
Anne Leyyd
Vzdávám to. Končím. Tohle prostě nefunguje. Opravdu jsem se do toho snažila začíst, přetrpěla jsem 50 stránek, ale prostě to NEJDE. Nic se tam neděje!

Styl autorova psaní je sice víceméně příjemný, vůbec není špatný, ale prostě jak tam není pořádný děj, tak se k tomu dokopat nedokážu. Jindy bych měla knihu s tímto počtem stran přečtenou max za 2 dny a tuhle už čtu / nečtu víc jak 5 dní. Což je pro mě známka, že začínám číst jen z donucení.

Sledovat to, jak se Miyuki prochází po pláži, chodí sem ta
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Kyoko Aoki
My flatmate lent me this book. This is a story about Wales born girl whose parents come from Japan.
She spent her all holidays in the same seaside village.

Firstly, it depict girl's feeling and interesting people in a bar.
There is no battle, war and any big event, however it might happen in our daily life.
It is still a bit strange to happen in our daily life.

I am quite fun reading every pages. when I open the book, I can imagine each scene very clearly.
I think Dan Rhodes is a good author. Good aut
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Josh Ang
When his collection of micro-fiction "Antropology" was first published about 10 years ago, Dan Rhodes's wonderfully ascerbic bite-sized nuggets on the funnier side of human nature won him a placing among the shortlist for the Macmillan Silver Pen.



He followed up that successful debut with a sophomore collection "Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love", a wonderfully enlightening and whimsical collection of longer stories.



I've also enjoyed "The Little White Car", written under the female pseudonym D
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Abby
Jun 02, 2008 Abby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: glbtq
A fun, super-quick read with a great twist at the end. . .Gold takes place in a seaside Welsh village, where the reader meets the regulars at the local pub, as well as our story's heroine, Miyuki Woodward, a young lesbian interior designer who regularly holidays solo there. With small but telling details, Rhodes draws the reader into the daily rhythms of life in this sleepy town and slowly reveals the odd histories of its idiosyncratic residents who sport nicknames such as Septic Barry and Tall ...more
Jeffrey
Hilarious! Rare is a novel that can carry comedic timing through its entirety to keep you laughing hard periodically throughout. Rhodes's excessive talent for building up to various punch lines for vignettes over and over is rare. He easily gets you giggling with a basic premise then repeatedly sideswipes the reader with something significantly funnier and most certainly unexpected. The story is the quaint sort that reminds me of a few movies rather than novels. Amelie, The Station Agent, and Wa ...more
Gerald
I didn't begin to understand this book until I found out that Dan Rhodes has also published under the name Danuta Rhodes.

This book is about a shy, closeted female whose big step into the world is a creative gesture that backfires. Most of the plot seems colossaly unmotivated, perhaps because she is.

Will the real Dan Rhodes please stand up?

This book is much more ambitious than it seems on the surface. It's about the price of nonconformity and the tyranny of the usual. However, it doesn't have the
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Megan Barzaq
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Mary Lou
A good little story, told in the usual straightforward, pedantic, childlike fashion. Not just as amusing as the others, and with a terrible sting in the tale.
Sasa Petrasova
The blurbs on the jacket of the book promise it to be "smart and very entertaining" and "ingenious comedy writing" and "stunning". I did not find any of it. At times the book was amusing but that was about it. The monotony of the main character's life become dull after a few chapters and the "gold" motive fades out without really being striking. It's a quick read with a bizarre ending and it does not make me seek out other works by the author...
Laura
Enjoyable with an intriguing main character; probably loses a star simply because I loved Timoleon Vieta so much.
Sue Eden palin
I really like this book. Have read it twice. It's clever and endearing but best of all it makes me laugh out loud.
Chad Malkamaki
Amazing book for the first 99% of the book and then reading the last two pages I could feel my chin hit my chest. I'm still giving it 5 stars but I have a feeling the more I think about it I can foresee that going down to four.
Alison McDonald
Loved this book, it had a lovely quiet feel to it that appealed to me.
Ben
Significantly gentler and less brutal than the other Rhodes' work I've read so far but still displays his ability to create such endearing characters using so few words. It lacks some of the gut-punch moments of his other stories but still has a sting in the tail and, with the exception of the landlord of The Boat Inn, I tended to have a wry smile on my face rather than laugh out loud. It won't be first on my list of Dan Rhodes reads I recommend, but it will stay with me, and there's a lot less ...more
Alix Nichols
So beautifully written!
Ficie
Funny? Really?

"Tear-inducingly funny, fond and unputdownable", said the blurb. Well, thank god for blurbs, because I had absolutely not realised this was supposed to be a fun book. Vaguely ironic, maybe; with a bit of melancholia here and there.
The problem of the book, though, is not just the lack of humour: overall, my biggest beef was with the lack of a strong storyline, as well as the absence of character the reader might become attached to, or at least be sympathetic with.
Joanie
My local bookstore recommended this and "let the Northern LIghst Erase My Name". Both books were quirky and a great read.

"Gold" by Dan Rhodes puts you into a bar on the coast of Wales and lets you sit. Unfortunately you are not drinking with the character. Would have been more fun. The story takes a wild
turn and I didn't want it to end. Septic Barry....a character
so weird, yet you start to like him, is just one of the many
odd balls that are sprinkled throughout the book. Fun read!!
Claire
I'd give this 2.5 stars if I could. I can't say I liked it it, but I didn't dislike it, really. And I don't think it was badly written. It just wasn't my style.

There's a style of writing I have a lot of trouble describing, that just doesn't work for me. And this was an example. Detached is the best description I can think of.

There was, however, a scene that had tears of laughter streaming down my face. The scene involved a penis. I have a juvenile sense of humor. Apparently.
Brandon
Much like Rhodes' other novels, I really enjoyed the interesting situations the main character, Miyuiki, found herself in. However, much like his other novels, there is so much "telling" in the story that it detracts from what's happening and makes it difficult to read. Though, the funny quips throughout are what helped keep me going to the end.
Canongate Books
Oct 29, 2007 Canongate Books rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like quirkier tales
A quirky take on life. Miyuki is a half-Japanese lesbian who goes on a solo two-week vacation every year at the behest of her lover.

One day she decides to spray paint a rock she has spied on more than one occasion bright gold. Excitement ensues, the plot thickens.

Some of the best parts of of the book involve the names of characters and the way (what should be) dull routines are described.

Dan Rhodes is good. This is a lovely light read.
Glenn
So not much happened really. I liked the characters though, and the atmosphere and some of the description of bits and pieces. It was a very simple read. I didn't like the last page. Not sure why. Kind of sad I guess. Things were finally just starting to happen and it just stopped. I did like the feel of the village and the characters. Would have liked a bit more of them. But that ending made me rate it one star less unfortunately.
Samantha
Rhodes is a comtemporary British writer. Never heard of him before. Saw this book at the library and the blurb sounded good. I've stumbled upon some great finds like this (Sarah Addison Allen), but not sure this is one of them. There were bits of humor, but ultimately I think it might have been a bit too new English major grad-y for me. I did not like the ending. I'll take my British lit with a heavy dose of Binchy and Pilcher please.
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