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The Tale of a Literary Rat

Firmin

Title: Firmin
By: Sam Savage

Firmin is the story of a rat--a literate, philosophical, and, yes, very melancholy rat. He is born, the runt of the litter, in the basement of a Boston bookstore, and from a very early age begins feeding his physical and intellectual hunger with the books that surround him. He lives on the edge of the human world, sometimes envious, sometimes confused, but always lonely and eager to communicate (unfortunately, due to the constraints of rat anatomy he is only able to master one sign language phrase: "Goodbye, zipper"). From the very first page Firmin is an appealing character--and this small but literary book will make you both laugh and cry.

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Posted by fatorangecat on Dec. 23, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.
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