Thursday, 15 September 2011

The Time will Come #1

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Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife
Amazon Synopsis:
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 theatres, one-of-a-kind characters, and cluttered bookshops.

This book was a Christmas present from my parents about 3 years ago, and since then I have been so excited about reading it, that I keep saying that I am saving it for a rainy day - but this rainy day has never come! I have decided that this year I will make it one of my Christmas reads. What a perfect way to spend the cold winter evenings - wrapped up by the fire with the company of a bookshop-loving, reading rat? Perfect!

To read a preview of Firmin, click here. :)


Kayleigh @ K-Books said...

Never heard of this book before, sounds interesting.

Hades2 said...

I hope you manage to get on with it better than me. I gave up about 30 pages in........

Jen x

Kathy Ann Coleman said...

That sounds absolutely fabulous. I'm going to have to pick that up and squeeze it in among the other books I want to read. It sounds quirky, charming and cute.

Voguedotcom said...

Kathy, it does sound quirky and charming, that's exactly what drew me to it!

Jen, I am still perplexed at your not enjoying it! Perhaps I shall soon understand? Or perhaps I shall enjoy it as much as I anticipate I will. That is the beauty of it really - if we all had the same opinions it would be a very boring world indeed! xx

BooksforCompany said...

Thanks for joining in Dani! =)
3 years is a long time ago!

Voguedotcom said...

It definitely is! I think Firmin's time has come, don't you? :P xx

sam1978 said...

I will look forward to your review of this one Dani x

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