Firmin by Sam Savage
Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife

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In the basement of a Boston bookstore, Firmin is born in a shredded copy Finnegans Wake, nurtured on a diet of Zane Grey, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and Jane Eyre (which tastes a lot like lettuce). While his twelve siblings gnaw these books obliviously, for Firmin the words, thoughts, deeds, and hopes—all the literature he consumes—soon consume him. Emboldened by reading, intoxicated by curiosity, foraging for food, Firmin ventures out of his bookstore sanctuary, carrying with him all the yearnings and failings of humanity itself. It’s a lot to ask of a rat—especially when his home is on the verge of annihilation.

A novel that is by turns hilarious, tragic, and hopeful, Firmin is a masterpiece of literary imagination. For here, a tender soul, a vagabond and philosopher, struggles with mortality and meaning—in a tale for anyone who has ever feasted on a book…and then had to turn the final page.

NOTE: This edition does not include illustrations.

 

About Sam Savage

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Sam Savage is the author of the bestseller Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, an American Library Association Notable Book and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award finalist. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University, was once an editor of a literary quarterly, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published November 16, 2010 by Coffee House Press. 168 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The autobiography of a rat, born in a bookstore, that learns to read.

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Publishers Weekly

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Savage's sentimental debut concerns the coming-of-age of a well-read rat in 1960s Boston. In the basement of Pembroke Books, a bookstore on Scollay Square, Firmin is the runt of the litter born

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Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Though potentially a literary spin on Rat...

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Firmin : Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Living above a ramshackle Bo...

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Firmin by Sam Savage 184pp, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £10.99 The Wolf by Joseph Smith 154pp, Jonathan Cape, £10 Talking animals are common in children's literature, but not many adult novels feature such narrators as Firmin and The Wolf: a well-read rat who fantasises about Ginger Rogers and a mi...

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Thereafter he becomes the pet of a solitary sci-fi writer, Jerry Magoon, a smart slob and drinker who teaches Firmin about jazz, moviegoing and the writer's life.

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The Bookbag

I think both men and women would enjoy this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves rats or books.

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ReadySteadyBook

Firmin reads and “lets the books center my dreams, and sometimes I dreamed myself back into the books.” Any true booklover has often wished to disappear into a book;

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Crikey

I walk around with the feeling of it still, a little unshakable – it feels a lot like Midnight Cowboy … I think about Firmin still weeks afterwards and bring the book up in all sorts of conversations, and I know its effect, its character, its purpose, its lines, are turning it into a favourite.’ ...

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