Love in Lowercase

Love in Lowercase

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A feel-good novel for fans of A Man Called Ove and The Rosie Project, about an eccentric, language-loving bachelor and the cat that opens his eyes to life's little pleasures

The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick:
"A delightfully absurd, life-affirming celebration. I literally stood up and cheered as I read the last page."

When Samuel, a lonely linguistics lecturer, wakes up on New Year's Day, he is convinced that the year ahead will bring nothing more than passive verbs and un-italicized moments--until an unexpected visitor slips into his Barcelona apartment and refuses to leave. The appearance of Mishima, a stray, brindle-furred cat, becomes the catalyst that leads Samuel from the comforts of his favorite books, foreign films, and classical music to places he's never been (next door) and to people he might never have met (a neighbor with whom he's never exchanged a word). Even better, the Catalan cat leads him back to the mysterious Gabriela, whom he thought he'd lost long before, and shows him, in this international bestseller for fans of The Rosie Project, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, and A Man Called Ove, that sometimes love is hiding in the smallest characters.

Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9780143128212
0143128213
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Wark, Julie - Translator

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wmtlady
Mar 05, 2017

"For my money" the cat was the best character.

AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

I was utterly charmed by this quirky little love story. Perfect if you liked "The Rosie Project" or "Soft in the Head."

JCLHelenH Jan 09, 2017

Super silly. Super fun. I love Samuel and his efforts to get out of his rut.

DBRL_IdaF Jul 24, 2016

This is a story of quiet revelations, the kind of life-changing events that have a huge impact on an individual but would likely never make it into a biography. Samuel is a professor of linguistics who has little human contact outside of his classroom lectures.

One day a cat appears, a mischievous cat, a cat who leads Samuel to places he's never been. The upstairs neighbor's apartment, for instance. And the vet. Samuel meets new people, he encounters a long-lost childhood crush, his life expands. He accomplishes the monumental human task of overcoming loneliness.

A couple of places, the language choices seemed a little odd to me, which I chalked up to this being a translation.

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IrishMoon
Feb 28, 2016

Interesting, thought provoking, quirky short novel.

multcolib_susannel Feb 16, 2016

Is it better to be 'with' someone or 'without' someone? Samuel is about to find out. And it all begins with a cat.

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