"I had always imagined that my life story...would have a great first line: something like Nabokov's 'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins;' or if I could not do lyric, then something sweeping like Tolstoy's 'All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'... When it comes to openers, though, the best in my view has to be the first line of Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier: 'This is the saddest story I have ever heard.'"
So begins the remarkable tale of Firmin the rat. Born in a bookstore in a blighted 1960's Boston neighborhood, Firmin miraculously learns how to read by digesting his nest of books. Alienated from his family and unable to communicate with the humans he loves, Firmin quickly realizes that a literate rat is a lonely rat.
Following a harrowing misunderstanding with his hero, the bookseller, Firmin begins to risk the dangers of Scollay Square, finding solace in the Lovelies of the burlesque cinema. Finally adopted by a down-on-his-luck science fiction writer, the tide begins to turn, but soon they both face homelessness when the wrecking ball of urban renewal arrives.
In a series of misadventures, Firmin is ultimately led deep into his own imaginative soul-a place where Ginger Rogers can hold him tight and tattered books, storied neighborhoods, and down-and-out rats can find people who adore them.
A native of South Carolina, Sam Savage now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. This is his first novel....Continua
Plagiarism or not, it's a deep, delicate, catching description of human life. Apart some pages before the ending, which disappointed me a bit, it's a wonderful tale...
Delicata, profonda riflessione sul destino umano. Non vedo perché privarsi di un tale piacere, su cui tornare più e più volte, anche nelle proprie meditazioni, quando in giro ci sono letture montate e deludenti... Poetico
I give it a 3 stars. It is not bad, but didn't leave me much. The story is interesting, good the locations and the characters setting. Easy to read and flowing well.
I have some doubts about the use of the language. The author mixes the language and thoughts of a well educated oxford student of philosophy with the encoding of a newborn. A mouse not able to define a sink but able to identify the material it is made of. Not able to describe the sorrounding but using metaphores of things impossible to be known by a mouse (what is the feeling of a walk on mars??).
I have to say that I could be impartial as just recently I read the novel 'how to write a bestseller in 57 days' that has a similar subject about 4 funny beatles. That I really liked it!
Firmino... well... I actually found more useful the reviews on it then the story itself... It is like going at the tate modern and watch a painting of a line or a point or a colour... there are critics able to add all sorts of meanings to it, love, peace, war, society... and then you feel to have discovered an amazing thing and you feel smartier, inst't it?...Continua