The Little White Car Hardcover – Jan 1 1951
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From Publishers Weekly
How's this for a night out? You drink yourself silly, dump your experimental-music– loving stoner boyfriend, get in your parent's car and promptly kill a princess with it. But don't worry, you're beautiful and French: everything will work out just fine. Such is the lesson in this frothy, muzzy, comic caper by de Rhodes, a putative child prodigy ("She started writing features for fashion magazines at the age of twelve....") but actually the pseudonym of Dan Rhodes, author of the much-ballyhooed Timoleon Vieta Come Home. After waking with a hangover and the terrible knowledge that she caused Princess Diana's car crash, Veronique realizes that something must be done. So she goes to see her friend Estelle, a gorgeous, pansexual heartbreaker with a fondness for obscure Welsh poetry, confesses and gets drunk. But she can do better than that! Soon a scheme emerges, which involves the gradual disassembly of the car (which the police are looking for) into bits small enough to dump in public trash cans. But where to get the money for a new car? Stealing and selling the ex's stereo didn't net nearly enough—should Veronique get paid for having her toe amputated and sewn back on by a med student? Trials and tribulations abound, but these beauties will triumph in a novel that's as fun and as fast as a little white Porsche.
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Cherie, ou est mon automobile? During the sultry Parisian summer of 1997, a soused Veronique storms out on her pseudointellectual wimpster boyfriend and drives off in her white Fiat with her devoted Saint Bernard, Cesar. She awakes the next morning with a world-class hangover, no memory of her homecoming, and a massive dent in her car. It all makes sense when Veronique turns on the news and learns of Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash the night before. Now all of France looks for a white Fiat that fled the scene. Panicked, Veronique calls her recently rehabbed best friend, Estelle. The girls decide to demolish the car and scatter it around Paris. Interruptions from a suspicious coworker, a romantic yet surly mechanic, and the televised funeral cause Veronique to schedule toe removal surgery for Estelle and Estelle to declare that Elton John will forever be denied entrance to Wales once she is queen. This female buddy novel is camera-ready, and each cinematic situation seems more absurd than the last. A fun, breezy read. Kaite Mediatore
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I'd say that this is analogous to reading Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County after having read Roughing It or Huckleberry Finn, in that you know the opus is lighter, but you know that the prose is good and that the writer is more than capable. It's not TVCH, but then what is? If every writer could write only one work in his life and have it be that good, he could call himself a success.
This novel is reasonably engaging and quite entertaining. Take it on your European vacation with you, and read it at the cafe in Paris or on a Greek island beach. It's orders of magnitude better than subjecting yourself to Sidney Sheldon or VC Andrews or some such tripe.
As I read it I was vaguely reminded of Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding's brilliantly zany young British woman. Of course Fielding called on Jane Austin for back-up. All Rhodes had was Uncle Thierry. There are no big laughs but occasionally this book is mildly amusing. Put it way down on your reading list, if at all.