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The Angry Clam by Erik Quisling

The Angry Clam

by Erik Quisling

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I read this book a few years ago and remember it was a very quick read (not more than 5 minutes). It was very quirky, very funny- and wonderfully pithy. ( )
  aylin1 | Mar 31, 2013 |
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll rail against clams'...uh..."inhumanity" to clams. Heartstopping action, breathtaking illustrations. Get it. Read it. ( )
  EAG | Aug 16, 2011 |
A sad philosophical tale, full of angst and bitterness. It is well worth a re-reading, if someday, time permits. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Feb 12, 2010 |
This is a very short book that is minimally illustrated (the clam of course). It is about the existential pain of the aforementioned clam. He is angry because he is well, a clam, and unable to partake of all the world has to offer. It has the following strange words to describe it: a bi-valve coming of age story, a limestone warrior. If only it could have lived up to the expectations.

It was cute, but very short and very minimal in the text as well as the drawings. It just didn't slay me with the humor.

It is out of print and I have had it on my wishlist for a long time. It was published in 1998, and has the clam in his anger deciding to embrace Islam (??). But he has to give it up because he has no sense of direction. Sort of a quiet chuckle instead of laugh out loud funny. ( )
  FicusFan | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446674109, Paperback)

The Angry Clam is a heartfelt tribute to a clam whose life was as complex as any human's. Indeed, any of us would count ourselves lucky to live through the cerebral adventures of this brave, tortured mollusk. A single, crude illustration of the protagonist adorns each page of this small book, while the accompanying text takes readers on a bivalve's coming-of-age journey. You'll cherish such memorable moments as: "In a passionate fit of self-doubt, the angry clam embraces Islam," and, "So filled with anxiety, the angry clam finds himself frozen in a shell of self-pity."

At the risk of spoiling the ending, we'll just say that this is a clam whose life had great meaning. Erik Quisling, whoever you are, thank you for unearthing this saga of a bivalve who fought back. We'll never forget The Angry Clam. --Therese Littleton

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:50 -0400)

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