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A native of South Carolina now living in Madison, WIsconsin, Sam Savage received his bachelor and... Read More

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A native of South Carolina now living in Madison, WIsconsin, Sam Savage received his bachelor and doctoral degrees in Philosophy from Yale University where he taught briefly. He has worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, commercial fisherman and letterpress printer. This is his first novel.

A darkly comic tale of exile, unrequited love and the redemptive power of books.

'Delicious. Firmin is a book that is written for readers, that is, for people who have the book passion and for whom books are as real as anything else in life' Donna Leon

Firmin is one of the most enjoyably surprising books I've read for a long timeAs Firmin discovers when he hops across oceans and abridges centuries, reading multiplies lifeDelicious. Firmin is a book that is written for readers, that is, for people who have the book passion and for whom books are as real as anything else in lifeI enjoyed Sam Savage's book more than any work of light fiction I've read in 2008Sam Savage has written a great comic allegory, and you can bet movie men are already looking at it with Pixar visionFirmin is an unusual picaresque hero for whom learning.. is an adventure of new discoveries.. it is often funnyI think both men and women would enjoy this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves rats or booksa thought-provoking meditation on the nature of human existenceThe charming and allegorical tale of a rat born in a bookshop who inadvertently eats Finnegans Wake, and so begins his lifelong taste for high literature.A melancholy and quirky debut novel...a heartbreaking tale of frustrated intellect and urban regenerationCannot fail to move even the hardest of hearts

A darkly comic tale of exile, unrequited love and the redemptive power of books.

Firmin is born in the basement of a ramshackle old bookstore. He's a sensitive, creative soul but misunderstood. Because Firmin is a rat. Not only that, but as 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 given him 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.

'A wonderful celebration of the way reading enriches your life. Firmin may be a rat - poisoned by people he thinks are his friends - but his imagination soars as high as that of any human.' GUARDIAN

'Surprising and moving meditation on the advantages (and disadvantages) of an entirely fictional life. Eloquent and witty, Firmin speaks for the book-loving rodent in all of us.' Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

Product Details

Title: Firmin
Author: Sam Savage
SKU: BK0169039
EAN: 9780753823392
Language: English

About Author

A native of South Carolina now living in Madison, WIsconsin, Sam Savage received his bachelor and doctoral degrees in Philosophy from Yale University where he taught briefly. He has worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, commercial fisherman and letterpress printer. This is his first novel.

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