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Firmin

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A charming literary allegory narrated by a rat who in devouring books gleans his knowledge of the human world. Unbelievable but delightfully credible, it explores isolation, perversity and longing. A strangely interesting book.

Comparison: William Golding, Muriel Barbery, Yann Martel.

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Synopsis

Firmin by Sam Savage

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.

Reviews

"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

About the 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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Publication date

26th March 2009

Author

Sam Savage

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780753823392

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