It has that rare quality of by the end seeming like an archetype for a story that's been around all along ( JOHN SELF ASYLUM)
a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of human existence (James Pressley Bloomberg.com)
I enjoyed Sam Savage's book more than any work of light fiction I've read in 2008 (John Sutherland THE TIMES)
Sam Savage has written a great comic allegory, and you can bet movie men are already looking at it with Pixar vision ( SAGA)
I think both men and women would enjoy this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves rats or books ( THE BOOKBAG)
As Firmin discovers when he hops across oceans and abridges centuries, reading multiplies life (Peter Conrad THE OBSERVER)
Firmin is an unusual picaresque hero for whom learning.. is an adventure of new discoveries.. it is often funny (Ruth Morse TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)
Firmin is the runt of a litter of rats born in the basement of Pembroke Books, a ramshackle old bookstore run by the equally shambolic owner Norman Shine. Forced to compete for food, Firmin ends up chewing on the books that surround him. Thanks to his unusual diet, he acquires the miraculous ability to read. He subsequently develops an insatiable hunger for literature and a very unratlike sense of the world and his place in it. He is a debonair soul trapped in a rat's body¿
But a literary rat is a lonely rat and, spurned by his own kind, he thinks he recognises a kindred soul in Norman. Firmin seeks solace in the Lovelies of the local burlesque cinema and in his own imagination. But the days of the bookshop and of the close community around it are numbered. The area has been marked out for urban regeneration and soon the faded glory of the bookshop, the low-life bars, loan agencies and pawn shops will face the bulldozers.
Brilliantly original and richly allegorical, Firmin is brimming with charm and wistful longing for a world that treasures its seedy theatres, one-of-a-kind characters, and cluttered bookshops.
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Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. AMAZING HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE BOOK, BRAND NEW, UNREAD FINE COPY, NUMBER 134/250 LIMITED EDITIONS IN SLIP CASE This is a novel told through the voice of a rat. Firmin is born in the basement of a ramshackle old bookstore but because he is the runt of the litter, he is forced to compete for food and ends up chewing on the books that surround him. Firmin soon realizes his source of nourishment has endowed him with the ability to read and this discovery fills him with an insatiable hunger for literature and a very unratlike sense of the world and his place in it. As Firmin navigates the shadowy streets of his decaying area, looking for understanding, his excitement, loneliness, fear, and self-consciousness become remarkably human and undeniably touching. But the days of the bookshop and of the close community around it are numbered. The area has been marked out for 'urban regeneration' and soon the faded glory of the bookshop, the small local theatre, the unique shops and small cafes will face the bulldozers and urban planners. Brilliantly original and richly allegorical, Firmin is brimming with charm and wistful longing for a world that understands the redemptive power of literature and treasures its seedy theaters, one-of-a-kind characters, and cluttered bookshops. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 000085
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110297854585
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First (1st) Edition. SIGNED by Sam Savage . Slipcased Edition . Book is Unread . Front/Back: NEW . Spine: NEW . Printing: 13579108642 . Year: 2007. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 1195
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, England, 2008. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. In New Slipcase with 183pp and no defects. Limited Edition # 103. No remainder mark or writing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Good Packing, Fast Shipping. Nº de ref. de la librería 055475