- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (January 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143128213
- ISBN-13: 978-0143128212
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Francesc Miralles is an award-winning author who has written a number of bestselling books. Born in Barcelona, he studied journalism, English literature, and German, and has worked as an editor, a translator, a ghost-writer, and a musician. Love in Lowercase has been translated into twenty languages.
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Samuel is a college professor and a complete loner - no friends, no activities, just work and home to eat and go to sleep. One day he hears scratching at his door and finds a cat there. He gives the cat a saucer of milk and from that act can trace the changing of his life! He get involved in other people's lives, reconnects with someone from his childhood and all of a sudden realizes that his life is now busy and full.
At one point he is amazed to realize that he now has a social life!
There was a lot to think about in reading this book and since I finished it, I've thought about it a few times...how life can be affected by a simple act.
The book is a translation and sometimes that means the text isn't quite right. In this novel at one point Samuel muses about returning to the "crime scene" an he really means the "scene of the crime." In English colloquialisms, "scene of the crime" refers to a place where something happened, but not an actual crime.
On New Years Day he hears scratching at his door and opens it to find a tabby cat. He intends to find the cat his home but, allows it in for a saucer of milk. Little does he know this cat has no intention of leaving and before long it becomes a sleeping companion and member of the household.
The cat, who he calls Mishima, moves Samuel out of his comfort zone, and gets him to meet new people and even sparking a little romance, even though that seems to come about a bit too conveniently. He reconnects with Gabriela, a childhood interest he hadn't seen since he was very young.
Love in Lowercase reminds readers that if we are looking for different results in our lives, sometimes we need to move out of our comfort zones and try different things. This book is a very quick read and has a nice blend of literary references, classical music and of course, the magical power of a cat to transform one's life. This is a perfect Valentine's Day story. This is a translated work from Spanish which was well done.
Samuel is a lonely linguistics professor whose life is one of structure. He does the same thing everyday until a stray cat interrupts his happily mundane routine. This cat is the catalyst for change and turns his little world upside down. He meets his next door neighbor—an book editor—who he's never spoken to. This encounter leads him to Gabriela, the girl he fell in love with as a boy. He then meets an eccentric man named Valdemar who's more concerned with conspiracy theories than his own reality.
This book had his charming moments, like Samuel's interactions with his neighbor and his own internal musings on what to do when in love. It's filled with literary and musical references, showcasing Samuel's great love and appreciation for both.
I didn't really find this book to be "haha" humorous, but more amusing and quirky. Many reviewers have said maybe the humorous nature got lost in translation. That may be, but I think the humor and charm is in the eccentric characters, the connections, and the idea that a cat can turn this loner's life into something greater. What I took away from this book is the idea that there is magic in the mundane simplistic things of life, and I liked that.
My main problem I had with this book was that I just wasn't ever truly engaged in the book. But the love story was a part of that journey and it was so very strange.
Samuel had only seen Gabriela once as a boy and fell in love with her instantly. Several years later, he sees her walking down the street and realizes that he's always been in love with her since he was a little boy and will only ever love her. This didn't seem believable to me. I'm not saying that this sort of thing can never happen in real life; the author just didn't make me believe it here. Further, Samuel's internal struggle with his deep-seeded love for Gabriela felt almost creepy, especially when Gabriela didn't remember him.
The love story is very much secondary to Samuel's own self-discovery, which I did appreciate. This book was quirky and cute in moments, but it won't be one that I will revisit in the future.
* I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.