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Anthropology

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,433 ratings  ·  178 reviews
101 LOVERS. 101 STORIES

Anthropology

I loved an anthropologist. She went to Mongolia to study the gays. At first she kept their culture at arm's length, but eventually she decided that her fieldwork would benefit from assimilation. She worked hard to become as much like them as possible, and gradually she was accepted. After a while she ended our romance by letter. It breaks
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2005 by Canongate (first published 2000)
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Emelie The book is belittling men just as much as women... Where's your sense of humor?

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Melki
101 stories, 101 words each.

101 quirky little laments about lost loves, unforgettable loves, obsessive loves and just plain disturbing loves. The stories are both devastatingly sad and uproariously hilarious:

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Pieces

They kidnapped my girlfriend and asked for an awful lot of money before they would even think about giving her back. I was grateful for the peace and quiet, so I wasn't in too much of a hurry to settle up. After a while, they sta
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MJ Nicholls
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dan Rhodes makes micro-fiction writing look pimps.

His lauded collection, Anthropology, collects 101 stories, each approx 101 words (the word count isn’t rigidly adhered to), and over the course of 200 pages, breaks down the bulk of a billion novels about heartbreak, obsessive lovers, hapless male losers, and pouting femme fatales into hilarious, touching and poignant mini-stories.

I have been a doubter of micro-fiction for some time, but reading this collection has opened my eyes to the possibili
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Mister Mank
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: misanthropes
I'll read everything Dan Rhodes will ever publish based on the strength of this tiny book. 101 stories about love all 101 words long. Meditations on relationships and the character names keep getting weirder and weirder. Rhodes is just sick about love, deathly ill. He has a wonderfully disturbing sense of humor and a keen awareness of the thin line between love and some other awful, regrettable thing.

The characters hurt and I laugh. I laugh and it hurts.
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Tina
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I randomly picked this book up because a) it sounded interesting, b) I loved the cover and c) was in a ginormous reading slump, had the attention span of a butterfly and needed something that was either short stories or had really short chapters. Good that I picked it up, though, because the style of Dan Rhodes is absolutely amazing and did get me out of the reading slump I was in.

Anthropology consists of 101 wicked short stories about love, sex, relationships and break-ups that are very funny a
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Aldrin
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If brevity is, as Polonius says in Hamlet, indeed the soul of wit, then Dan Rhodes, with his turn of the millennium collection of short short stories, is a writer possessed of extraordinarily sharp perception. His stories in this collection, titled Anthropology and a Hundred Other Stories, represent the best that short comic and literary fiction can offer.

Anthropology is a slim anthology of a hundred and one stories, each a hundred and one words strong and each narrated by an unnamed man romant
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shelby
Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this didn’t work for me. the majority of the stories were from the perspective of a guy who got dumped yet he’s still hopelessly in love with the girl. she finds someone new and it’s always mentioned how much more attractive the new guy is than the narrator. on more than one occasion, the narrator doesn’t forget to mention how much more “well endowed” the new guy is. it gets repetitive. this book works with only two stereotypes of women: they’re either a stone cold heartbreaker who can’t stop sm ...more
Charlotte Jones
I'll be honest, I picked up this book in the library based on the cover alone. This is a collection of 101 pieces of flash fiction all consisting of 101 words revolving around the theme of relationships.

Overall I'm not really sure what to make of it. On the one hand, it reminded me of the strange imagery and blunt writing style that Tim Burton uses in his poetry, but on the other, I'm not entirely sure what the author was trying to say. Some of the pieces had interested themes and ideas but on t
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John Naylor
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes as a reader you end up thinking how much an author actually puts of themselves into their work. If some of these short stories represent Dan Rhodes as a person then you have to give this advice to women.
Run. Just fucking run.

On balance I think the author tried to be clever with the length and tone of these stories. In my eyes he failed miserably at this but the effort seemed to be there. I would never criticise anyone for trying something different and this is definitely different. N
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Sam
This is an odd yet strangely familiar collection of short stories that cover every aspect of romance from the intense highs to the all consuming lows. While each story is intense in the emotions that they portray and raise in the reader, I found the writing a little odd (can't quite put my finger on what or why), which kind of left me feeling a little meh by the end. I think if each was a little longer, each story was only a page long, it might've made more sense and engaged me more but I couldn ...more
adorkablew
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I Red the first story. I asked myself "Am I too tired right now to understand the plot twist?".
Then I went on with the second, the third, the fourth...
I went to goodread, to see if I was not alone in my confusion... 5 stars, 5 stars, 4 stars, 5 stars...
So here I am, reading something I don't understand the purpose of. I only put a star to show that I DID rate the book... I really disliked the book but I admit I liked two stories out of the 101 there was.

I really wanted to write this for the next
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Rowena
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually give its rating as a 3.5 (I wish we could give half-star ratings on Goodreads). I read this book because I was interested in the premise ; 101 short stories, all 101 words each. Each story was straight to the point,and witty at times. Some stories were just tragic.It was a very quick read. ...more
Ben
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm wondering if there's a Dan Rhodes book I won't five star now. Funny for both its accuracy and its ridiculousness, these stories are succinct, precise, touching and lethal. I was going to list some of my favourites but there's too many. I'm going to force this book on a lot of people. ...more
Patrick
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I picked this up from the library because I happened to notice the glowing reviews from the Grauniad, the Times and, um, Heat Magazine on the cover.

Trouble is, I think it just shows up the limits of what can be done with very short stories. A few of them are quite funny, in a more or less dark way. I quite liked History:

"Nightjar told me all about her ex-boyfriends. She went through her shoebox full of photographs... When, at last, she had finished, she asked me about my romantic history. I tol
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Sraah
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was
uh
interesting
i really liked
drawing
me
and precious
precious was v sad
me was sad in a sweet way
drawing made me feel things and want a huge story about the concept so if you know of any books hmu
tee
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, i-own
I wanted to hate it but I didn't really. There were only a couple of pieces that were so quirky that they nudged my gag reflex. The majority of the rest were okay and there were several gems. It was these gems nestled amongst the rest of the okay pieces that were it's saving grace. Gems such asL

"They kidnapped my girlfriend and asked for an awful lot of money before they would even think of giving her back. I was grateful for the peace and quiet, so I wasn't in too much of a hurry to settle up.
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David Gallagher
It's really difficult to write a full story in 100 words, but Rhodes has accomplished that. The girls' names in each story are simply hilarious to begin with. And reading My girlfriend left me at the beginning of almost every story is another.

Although infused with comedic tragedy and quirkiness that makes you shake your head, there are themes in these love stories that apply to real life as well: cheating, having your loved ones crashing your dreams, getting over someone, dealing with their exe
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Jasmine
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jasmine by: MJ Nicholls
Shelves: british
so I guess this is book 33 of the year which is about on target.

this is a book that I think can really be judged by the cover. there are women of three colors on the cover. all the red women are the same women, all the pink women are the same women. but I think the green women are different women. the book is like this too not unlike AM/PM where there are repeat characters in the stories this book has repeat characters although in this book they have different names each time. I suppose except
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Eduard Gafton
I have never heard of Anthropology before browsing for books on the internet. I was intrigued by the premise: 101 love stories composed of exactly 101 words each. So, I bought it.

Rhodes' work, which resembles microfiction, is odd, heart-breaking, with bits of witty humour and, at times, even dirty. With names like Skylark and Hummingbird, "his girlfriends" are something different. They literally die laughing,they get pregnant in two years time and sometimes they resemble Mount Fuji.

Although some
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Andrew Mcq
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a clever, but slight, collection of short musings on the nature of love and infatuation. The majority are concerned with 'over-loving' the object of your affections. Many of the funniest relate to being the object of over-attentive affections. It's a clever device, I can imagine these as a regular feature in a satirical magazine. They are a great insight into the savage humour of Rhodes, which comes out in his fiction, and are not below-par in writing terms. However, he has given himself ...more
Nalnac




A collection of very-very-short, surreal, funny, stories.
Tiny snippets of/about love.

And the crazy thing is, that we have all been there somehow.

This book will have the honour to sit next to A Lover's Discourse: Fragments in my bookshelf .

Simply perfect.
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Robert Windsor
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I picked up this book and sniggered uncomfortably, I have never looked back. Like an itchy rash I've picked through all of Dan Rhodes' fabulous books like they're a guilty pleasure. When I recommend him to others they look at me like I'm a freak.... Until they read my copy of timoleon vieta come home, then they look at me like a twisted serial killer. At least the book comes home, albeit damaged! ...more
rose
Mar 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: recovering romance/chick lit fans looking for fluff with unique thoughtful interesting substance
Recommended to rose by: my goodreads lurkage.
Quick, but definitely interesting. Makes for a light read, but is able to explain the way we relate in love and why we do the silly things we do through a mere collection of fluffy stories. Not that they are really that fluffy though, some are rather twisted, sad and heart wrenching wheras others are hilarious. A tale of love from the male perspective. Definitely a good read.
Matt
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Witty, tragic, profound, this collection of 100 hundred-word vignettes describes so much of how love affects us. The narrator is usually blithely deluded about a lover's incompatibility or trying to ignore his own feelings. It's on par with Judith Viorst's wry poetry and Chuck Palahniuk's emotionally jagged minimalism. Loved it. ...more
Colin
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this ages ago but for some reason never quite clicked that it was the same guy who wrote Timolean Vieta Come Home. I suppose I assumed it was one of the other 14,000 writers who share his name. Now, as we're reorganising our shelves, I came across it again and re-read it and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. ...more
Ghadah;
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a small book of short stories. very short. a story a page. But they were brilliant. Rhodes tells stories about couples and relationships, and some of them are quite wicked. The sense of humor is really dark. Pieces is absolutely my favorite. It was shocking and it made me giggle.
Jan Moens
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
8/10
Of course, a better way to rate an author is to buy all his books, which I just did.
tara
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm in love! Can't wait to read another of his books.. ...more
Taylor
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Taylor by: Chris
One of my favorite books of all time and an incredible gift that was given to me.
Reading Badger
I am not one for romance and for sure I am not one for short stories. I mostly prefer novels (the bigger the better) because when you start reading a book you need time to connect with its characters and to get in the atmosphere.

That being said, Dan Rhodes‘s book “Anthropology and a hundred other stories”, which is composed of 101 one page love stories kind of spoke to me.

It’s witty, filed with dark humour and impossible to let go of. I read it in one sitting, one rainy lazy Sunday afternoon, an
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Vee
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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