Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 19 - Love in lowercase by Francesc Miralles

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, 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 (his neighbor Titus, with whom he’s never exchanged a word). Even better, Mishima leads him back to the mysterious Gabriela, whom he thought he’d lost long before.

This book hit many of my sweet spots -- a language professor, a stray cat, and Spain -- and it was also the perfect palate cleanser after the sad conclusion of Broken Harbor. The main character is one of those "young old men" who gets set in his way far too early in life, and over the course of the story he learns to be more spontaneous and less judgmental. Though he's infuriatingly fussy, he's also endearing and sweet in his own way. He meets new people who range from charming to outlandish, and he also modifies his interactions with his small family (who don't know quite what to make of this transformation). Meanwhile, the cat who started Samuel on his journey is the appropriate mix of outgoing and aloof. =^.^=
Tags: animals, european, fiction, romance

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