Daniel Richardson writes about men and women who hold onto, or return to, one thought or desire with unusual strength and persistence. A rhinoceros stands for this sort of single mindedness. In this collection, we meet Wei Lin, a kind of Chinese Rhinoceros, and Archie Katz – a Rhinoceros in Love – among others. In a deceptively low-key style that builds in intensity (or absurdity), Richardson portrays the stubborn pachyderms who live amongst us, crashing through life’s flowers in their determined pursuit of all-encompassing goals.
‘Anyone who comes across this book is fortunate – eleven masterly short stories written in a prose which could be poetry, strong on humour, low in self-pity: about the intractabilities of the material world and the folly and pleasures of those who struggle with them. A delight.’