Little Hands Clapping

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Canongate Books, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The cult storyteller's most original, outrageous, and heart-rending work yet--a wicked novel perfect for (grown-up) fans of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, Scarlett Thomas, The Mighty Boosh, and Roald Dahl In a room above a bizarre German museum, far from the prying eyes of strangers, lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. The Old Man, the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk all find their lives thrown together as they uncover a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world. From its sinister opening to its explosive denouement, this dark tale blends lavishly entertaining storytelling with Rhodes's macabre imagination, entrancing originality, and magical touch.

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User Review  - snmacd - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - bcquinnsmom - LibraryThing

If you read this book based solely on my recommendation (which you should not do), I don't want you coming back to me if you hate it and saying something like "you are one sick puppy." To be really ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Dan Rhodes is the author of Anthropology, Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love, Gold, and Timoleon Vieta Come Home, which was included in Barnes and Noble's Discover New Writers program. He was the winner of the 2010 E. M. Forster Awards, an annual award given to an Irish or British writer by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to fund a period of travel in the U.S., and in 2003 he was named by Granta magazine as one of their 20 Best of Young British Novelists.

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