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Love in Lowercase: A Novel by Francesc…

Love in Lowercase: A Novel

by Francesc Miralles

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The international bestseller "Love in Lowercase" by Spanish novelist Francesc Miralles is an intriguing, off-the-wall love story that, depending upon one's point of view, could also be seen as either full of philosophical wisdom or a collection of trite sayings.

Samuel is an introverted college literature professor who sees a woman he believes to be Gabriela, a girl he met briefly as a young boy and has never forgotten. He thinks she's the love of his life. She thinks he's nuts. While he tries to find her again and then build a relationship with her, other changes come to his life. There is the stray cat that shows up at his door and doesn't want to leave (except when a pretty vet comes to give him a shot). There's an old writer who lives upstairs and, when he goes into a hospital, asks Samuel to help him finish the book he is writing. And there is a strange man named Valdemar, who may be insane or may perhaps the sanest one of them all.

Ever so often, "Love in Lowercase" gives readers a line worth reading, underlining or perhaps laughing at. Among them:

"Words shape thoughts."

"Science is a shortcut to God."

"The opposite is best. Whenever you're angry with someone, apply this maxim. It means doing the exact opposite of what your body's telling you to do."

"Remember that nothing happens without a reason."

"Never reject your sensations and feelings. They're all you've got."

"Experience can never be shared. It's served in separate packets."

Perhaps the best of these is summarized in the title. This is when "some small act of kindness sets off a chain of events that comes around again in the form of multiplied love."

The gist of the novel, or at least what I like best, is the idea of taking life as it happens and following it where it leads. Plans are fine, but they rarely work out anyway. Better to practice love in lower case, then see what happens. You might even just find the love of your life with an elaborate plan. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Mar 31, 2017 |
You ever have the feeling that the person you're talking to is either completely insane or weirdly brilliant? This ambiguity is often cleared up when you find out just how high they are (so high right now, dude), but every once in a while there's always that hobo who seems like he has a much better idea of what's actually going on than you do, and he looks perfectly thrilled right where he is.
That's kind of how I feel about the main character. He's constantly running from event to event, plucking with strings that seem to connect them but don't, only to find out later there's a thick web of cable supporting the whole enterprise. The only cogent summary I can offer is "lonely guy starts to meet the world, except the world is full of all the people you've actually met and try to pretend you're not friends (with even though you hang out with that guy all the time)."

Reading this book feels like trying to navigate the stairs when you're drunk. Not like just trying to clamber your way down the concrete steps outside the dance bar in the middle of February, where you feel warm (because liquor) but there's a thick sheet of ice coating the left half of the stairs, and you're seizing the railing like you're onboard the Titanic trying to fight your way past some Irish dudes to the bow before it slips and carries you down into the North Atlantic. More like the first time you ever had alcohol and you managed to put away two Zimas and you were walking down an extremely narrow, steeply sloped staircase and you slipped a little bit and your arm automatically went out to try to stabilize yourself and you wound up putting your elbow through the wall?

Except it's more of a love story. ( )
  thoughtbox | May 27, 2016 |
This quirky novel is a quick read. Poor Samuel is alone and lonely, but fate smiles on him and bestows upon him a cat. And his life is never the same again. The cat sets in motions an unrelated string of events that is nothing short of a miracle, albeit a twisting road with dead-ends, that ultimately ends with the expected conclusion. Unusual characters in an impossible plot that is liberally dosed with humor, this tale will have you alternately shouting “no, don’t do that!” with “go for it, Samuel!” If only the cat could talk to Samuel – he could straighten him out, but quick. Alas, Samuel will have to rely on the advice of his neighbor and on a new friend. And on his own instincts, which, unfortunately, aren’t very good. A fun, entertaining read. ( )
  Maydacat | Mar 30, 2016 |
I didn't finish this book. I read the first 80 pages and felt that if I had made it a third of the way and still was trying to force myself to like it then I probably wasn't going to like it at the end. It was described as a romantic comedy but I didn't find romance or even a slight smile let alone chuckle to rate it as a comedy. In fact, it felt rather dark to me. I understand that it was not originally written in English so maybe something was lost in the translation.
  whybehave2002 | Mar 1, 2016 |
Samuel is a lonely thirty-something living in Barcelona and content with his life just the way it is as a professor of German literature. Then a cat shows up and he gives it milk, setting off a chain of events that have him meet his upstairs neighbor, traipse off to the vet for help, and run into a woman he knew as a child.

This is just one of those stories that make you smile, much like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry or The Rosie Project. It's easy reading in a way, with short chapters and delightfully quirky characters. I found it also surprisingly deep and philosophical though never heavy. The epigraph sums it up nicely: "Enjoy the little things, / for one day you may look back / and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault." I had a huge smile on my face when I finished it. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143128213, Paperback)

A romantic comedy for language lovers and fans of The Rosie Project, about a brainy bachelor and the cat that opens his eyes to life’s little pleasures

Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and Love May Fail:
“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, 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.

In the spirit of The Solitude of Prime Numbers and The Guest Cat, Love in Lowercase is a charming and uplifting novel about how one man, thanks to a persistent cat-turned-catalyst, awakens to the importance of the little things in life—and discovers that sometimes love is hiding in the smallest characters.

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