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  1. karen karen says:

    so i bought this years ago and hadnt read it and then the new, even cuter edition came out so i had to get it again, but actually read it this time because i am a sucker for cool book design and im glad, because its not a cute book, despite its illustrations and little ratbite itssad than cute, and it is definitely not for kids and i am a grown up she says, eating all the candy from the basket daddy sent for easter


  2. Molly Molly says:

    Again, I must be a voice of dissent here I loved this novella It is written from the perspective of a rat who was born in a bookstore to an alcoholic mother in a litter of other rat like rats Firmin is of course different from his brothers and sisters he possesses a yearning for knowledge and a loneliness that he obliquely recognizes as the loneliness of the human condition particularly among those humans whose lives he vicariously observes This makes him a liminal figure at home neither i Again, I must be a voice of dissent here I loved this novella It is written from the perspective of a rat who was born in a bookstore to an alcoholic mother in a litter of other rat like rats Firmin is of course different from his brothers and sisters he possesses a yearning for knowledge and a loneliness that he obliquely recognizes as the loneliness of the human condition particularly among those humans whose lives he vicariously observes This makes him a liminal figure at home neither in the world of rats nor in the world of humans Rather than veering into existential and or overtly philosophical territory, however, the plot remains clever and turns in part on the unreliability of Firmin s claims and narration This makes the book bothphilosophical andentertaining than the premise might otherwise suggest I highly recommend it as story that successfully marries Kafka s Josephine with Disney s Ratatouille


  3. James Barker James Barker says:

    I adored this intelligent, quirky book Yes, it s told from the POV of a rat but this is no Secret of Nimh The rat in question, Firmin, is the runt of a litter of 13 and, because this mother only has 12 nipples he has to play musical teats with little success Instead he has to sustain himself by nibbling classic books Birthed by an alcoholic mother in the basement of a bookshop in Boston s Scolloy Square there are, thankfully, enough volumes to keep him full But, in allowing the words I adored this intelligent, quirky book Yes, it s told from the POV of a rat but this is no Secret of Nimh The rat in question, Firmin, is the runt of a litter of 13 and, because this mother only has 12 nipples he has to play musical teats with little success Instead he has to sustain himself by nibbling classic books Birthed by an alcoholic mother in the basement of a bookshop in Boston s Scolloy Square there are, thankfully, enough volumes to keep him full But, in allowing the words to gestate in his belly, Firmin the Vermin soon finds he prefers to read words than eat them He gets through shelves and shelves of books of all types faster than any goodreader The act of reading provides self help but also a troubling melancholy that does not befall his lowly, rat brothers and sisters quite a metaphor there for those who read and those who don t They soon flee the bookshop basement for the alcohol drenched alleys of the on its last legs Square, all squalor and strip clubs, blue cinemas and the beaten Firmin is lonely and projects on the bookshop owner, Norman Shine But there is another human who might just offer Firmin the fraternity he needs.Set against the backdrop of the last days of Scolloy Square before it was demolished and rebuilt as a government area , each chapter starts with a facsimile of the title page of a classic novel There are also sweet illustrations of the reading rat and his sadventures Short and not always sweet, the book has moments of quiet comedy and tragedy like any life


  4. Olivia Olivia says:

    This book really surprised me When I saw it at Powell s Books, I knew right away I was the target audience See that white chunk on the right side of the cover It s a literal chunk taken out of the book As though a rat had nibbled it On the back, it said it was a book about Firmin, a rat who begins by consuming literature, but soon finds it consumes him It s about a rat who loves books Perfect for me So I bought it, guessing it would be a fun, cute summer read, with little substance.It is This book really surprised me When I saw it at Powell s Books, I knew right away I was the target audience See that white chunk on the right side of the cover It s a literal chunk taken out of the book As though a rat had nibbled it On the back, it said it was a book about Firmin, a rat who begins by consuming literature, but soon finds it consumes him It s about a rat who loves books Perfect for me So I bought it, guessing it would be a fun, cute summer read, with little substance.It isn t cute, and it certainly isn t lacking in substance Rather, it is a beautiful exploration of a lonely genius I couldn t help but identify with Firmin the rat as he navigated the human world, separated by his lack of voice and the fear most humans hold for rats The cast of characters is rounded out by a bookshop owner, a compassionate but probably off his rocker sci fi author, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers who are residents of Fermin s fantasy life , and hundreds of books In his isolation, the books Firmin reads become his companions, adapting to fit into his world Perhaps my favorite line is the following And I introduce people I put Baudelaire on the raft with Huck and Jim It did him a lot of good I loved it only a few pages in, but I also realize that I would probably find it pretentious if it wasn t about a rat As it is, it s the perfect balance between profundity and humor Very dark humor, by the way


  5. Alicia Alicia says:

    Firmin is a story of a rat who lives in a bookstore, eats books words and understands the text of the stories he reads When the bookstore is torn down to make way for urban renewal he goes in search of a new home.Firmin is, at it s core, an outsider story about someone who never really fits into the world in which he finds himself I have a theory about helping people find books I think all of us are ultimately searching for our story recreated and retold in many different ways, so my person Firmin is a story of a rat who lives in a bookstore, eats books words and understands the text of the stories he reads When the bookstore is torn down to make way for urban renewal he goes in search of a new home.Firmin is, at it s core, an outsider story about someone who never really fits into the world in which he finds himself I have a theory about helping people find books I think all of us are ultimately searching for our story recreated and retold in many different ways, so my personal goal when I match people and books is to understand the story they identify with The longer I know someone the better I get at finding just the right book A small novel, it is a bit different and will be something that a lot of people don t get A few however, will really identify with with this story It is also a book that a reader who want to challenge himself will really appreciate because it is so different


  6. Stephanie Griffin Stephanie Griffin says:

    This amazing book, written by first time novelist Sam Savage, blew me away with its intelligent writing and perceptive looks into the human condition Yes, it s from a rat s perspective Don t let that deter you from reading one of the best books of the past two years.Firmin discovers that he lives in a bookshop basement in a run down part of a city He nibbles on the pages of the books, but also learns to read voraciously He closely observes the world of the bookshop and ventures out to nearby This amazing book, written by first time novelist Sam Savage, blew me away with its intelligent writing and perceptive looks into the human condition Yes, it s from a rat s perspective Don t let that deter you from reading one of the best books of the past two years.Firmin discovers that he lives in a bookshop basement in a run down part of a city He nibbles on the pages of the books, but also learns to read voraciously He closely observes the world of the bookshop and ventures out to nearby buildings Firmin is born like any other being, naked and unknowing His exploration of his surroundings and his attachment to things of familiarity ring true of the way we grow His awareness of his own psyche is often humorous His inability to converse with humans, an enormous obstacle to him, is poignant His false belief that he has a connection with other beings is heartbreaking All along, Firmin never stops trying.This is a book I will re read whenever I feel I m getting too caught up in day to day chores It will remind me to keep reaching out, no matter what the consequences


  7. Ana Ana says:

    This book had all the ingredients to make me like it a lot and yet, it was just a little above the OK read A rat that lives in a bookshop and learns to read is undoubtedly an interesting theme However, I found some parts of the book dragging for too long,than once making me feel sleepy On the other hand, all the references to books were interesting, the account of the slow degradation of the neighborhood is very well achieved, the friendship of Firmin with the unsuccessful writer is f This book had all the ingredients to make me like it a lot and yet, it was just a little above the OK read A rat that lives in a bookshop and learns to read is undoubtedly an interesting theme However, I found some parts of the book dragging for too long,than once making me feel sleepy On the other hand, all the references to books were interesting, the account of the slow degradation of the neighborhood is very well achieved, the friendship of Firmin with the unsuccessful writer is funny and touching and even the end of the story, though a bit sad, couldn t probably be very different But for some reason, which I still haven t quite realised what it is, this book hasn t really resonated with me


  8. Yasmin Moghadamnia Yasmin Moghadamnia says:

    I mostly bought the book because of the cover design I had honestly expected for it to be sort of a sweet story and an easy read It wasn t I had stop at many sentences and just think about what I had just read Fermin has a voice that belongs to all semi crazy fucked up protagonists, in my opinion He wines about all the same things, being left out, failing relationships because of a different image of the other person, and so on.There is one freakishly cute feature of Fermin s brain that I b I mostly bought the book because of the cover design I had honestly expected for it to be sort of a sweet story and an easy read It wasn t I had stop at many sentences and just think about what I had just read Fermin has a voice that belongs to all semi crazy fucked up protagonists, in my opinion He wines about all the same things, being left out, failing relationships because of a different image of the other person, and so on.There is one freakishly cute feature of Fermin s brain that I believe mine has too, the property of giving situations names or titles I do it without thinking about it I guess it happens to people who are used to think with words


  9. June June says:

    There is some genius behind this story, but unfortunately, it is a genius I do not fully appreciate What started out as a desire to read a grown up version of Ratatouille, turned into a muchcontemplative Kafka Metamorphosis esque narrative about literally being a low life a rodent surrounded by humans occupying the same social status Don t get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of it The author can comment a lot on the true nature of humans by disguising it as natural animal rat instinct t There is some genius behind this story, but unfortunately, it is a genius I do not fully appreciate What started out as a desire to read a grown up version of Ratatouille, turned into a muchcontemplative Kafka Metamorphosis esque narrative about literally being a low life a rodent surrounded by humans occupying the same social status Don t get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of it The author can comment a lot on the true nature of humans by disguising it as natural animal rat instinct that is the genius that I did silently bravo , but in general, it was a little too dark and somber for what I had expected


  10. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Beautiful, tragic, and wildly creative Firmin is a rat who is born on a shredded copy of Finnigan s Wake in the basement of a bookshop, and consequently falls in love with literature Stuck in a sea of rats too simpleminded to understand his intellectual depths and humans he cannot communicate with, he struggles to find happiness.This book made me laugh, cry, and think But mostly, it spoke to my soul I would recommend it to anyone who has ever found solace within the pages of a book.


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