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Little Hands Clapping by Dan Rhodes

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Strange book, this... very very weird subjects, but written in a really funny way, and more of 'intermingled' short stories rather than a continuous plot.
And quite a surprise to find portuguese characters here! ( )
  ScarletBea | Apr 5, 2013 |
all'inizio mi era sembrato un pò confuso,ma quando la storia ha ingranato,ne è venuta fuori una favola tenera,divertente e originale!molto carino! ( )
  CinnamonTea | May 1, 2012 |
How to describe this book? Well it’s a modern day fairy tale and is funny, macabre, innocent, idealistic, realistic and taboo breaking. It’s also beautifully written and at times unremittingly perceptive of the human condition, “She felt numb. Then she felt sick. Then came a raging pain, as if insects were trapped inside her body and struggling to scrape their way out through her skin. One by one these insects gave up and she felt numb again. She hoped this would last, but soon the nausea returned, and the scraping. Her eyeballs throbbed.” This was recommended to me, with some hesitancy, by the manager of my local independent book shop. I understand her hesitancy as I’m a uncertain as to how I feel about this book as at times it feels a little unnecessarily gruesome and the plotting is a little uneven. ( )
  riverwillow | Mar 20, 2011 |
An interesting read which fluctuates between dark cynical plot lines to simple innocent ones. The main plot is based upon the life of a suicide museum in a quiet little town. The main characters seemingly non caring attitude to life provides a contrast to the youthful innocence of other characters and driven nature of the doctor. Well worth a read if you like dark humour and provides an insight into the way we treat death. ( )
  snmacd | Jun 2, 2010 |
In Little Hands Clapping, we delve into the weird and darkly wonderful world of Dan Rhodes, where Museums are dedicated to suicide and their curators eat little more than crackers, cake and spiders; Doctors are - at least in one instance – cannibals; and love can conquer, or destroy, all.

The story follows various seemingly unconnected stories, some of which span the entire novel, eventually gravitating towards the previously mentioned Museum of Suicide; and some that pop up almost randomly throughout the novel, like windows into the bizarre world of Rhodes.

As with Gold, a previous Dan Rhodes novel I reviewed, Little Hands Clapping is fairly lacking in the plot department. The blurb tells us that the characters of the book will be caught up in a crime that will shock the world... OK, so it is a pretty bad crime, but one that becomes apparent very early on in the novel and there is never a real shock involved. The most important aspect of the book is the highly descriptive and downright beautiful prose. Without Rhodes' exemplary way with words, Little Hands Clapping would be a dull and wholly pointless little book, but instead it is transformed into a sweet, funny and mildly macabre novel, which was a real treat to read.

Dan Rhodes' style of writing has often been called 'lad lit', but I don't see it that way. I think its whimsical, plodding nature would make it more a choice for the art/drama student, rather than your typical Bravo Two-Zero 'lad'. Either way, Little Hands Clapping is a bizarre, sometimes melancholy, but thoroughly enjoyable, if unconventional, novel.


http://IwishIwasabook.blogspot.com ( )
  Jesh1721 | Mar 6, 2010 |
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'Little Hands Clapping' brings together the Old Man with the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown together as the town uncovers a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world.… (more)

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