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Love in Lowercase

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  3,573 ratings  ·  592 reviews
An internationally bestselling romantic comedy for fans of The Rosie Project, about a language-loving bachelor and the cat that opens his eyes to life’s little pleasures

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 s
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Penguin Books (first published March 2006)
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in a few hours, only interrupted by dinner, because I just couldn't put it out of my hands. The story pulled me in immediately and the authors gentle writing style made the pages flow by like a leaf in the autumn wind.

I especially enjoyed the allusions to Kafka and Hermann Hesse, two of my favorite authors, as well as to Pink Floyd, Schubert and Mendelssohn's Venetian Gondola songs. To me, it seems like the book was made for me, because it speaks of all the things I love and of the tho
Lisa Dunckley
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It is reminiscent of A Man Called Ove or Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand or The Rosie Project, where the main character is a man who doesn’t have any close relationships but is drawn out despite himself and finds friendship/love. And I do love that type of story!

Samuel is a smart professor with no friends and few social skills. One day, while at home alone, he hears a sound at his door. When he opens it, a cat dashes inside and hides, refusing to leave. (The author
Maria Espadinha
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving is Taking

Professor Samuel has been hiding in his shell until the day a lil wild cat entered his apartment without a formal invitation.
Samuel was not very happy with the surprising visitor, but was deeply moved by the Ballad of Meows and Purrs that was specially composed for him. In practical terms, it seemed like Professor Samuel got himself a roommate.

That small act of kindness has been returned to Samuel as a chain of unpredictable events that opened the gate of his self inflicted priso
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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First half of the book: 5 Stars. Beautifully written, love the witty passages. I liked the short 2-3 page chapters and random events.

Last half: 2.5 stars at best. The best way I can describe it is that things just kind of got weird and went in different directions.

Things that I loved about this book: The cat :) I loved all of the cat passages. I loved the serendipity of the events that happen and the people that Sa
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Sometimes when you deal with books that are translated you end up with some strange sentences and thoughts along the way. That I what I was thinking about this quirky little book, until I let it all seep in after I finished it. This book tells a story about a sad little man who is stuck in his own pathetic little life. He does the same thing over and over, day in and day out - Eats the same foods. Has the same thoughts. Teaches the same subjects. Lives in his own little world. Until the day a ca ...more
Chihoe Ho
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
If Haruki Murakami wrote "The Rosie Project" and set it in Spain. That's what this translated work reminds me of. There is a lonely man, a cat, literary and musical references, eccentric supporting characters, and a dose of philosophical discourse. How Murakami of it! But combining a Murakami-esque atmospheric style with a fun, flirty Rosie Project-like narrative, in this case, didn't work for me. I'm not sure if it ever will.

False advertising is what I'd say the Graeme Simsion bestseller compar
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think overall, I'd give this 3.5 stars, since I'm wavering between 3 and 4. It's a short little book, but there's a lot there, and I think I'm still processing it.

I suppose I'll start by saying that the novel's main character and narrator, Samuel, brought to mind hints of both Ove from A Man Called Ove and Don Tillman from The Rosie Project. He's a self-described hermit, though as the story opens he is not relishing the secluded and lonely life he is living. Then, with the scratch of claws on
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Charming, smart, quirky and linguistically delightful!!! Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles was one of those rare charming romantic comedy that has a way to win hearts with its unique prose and ensemble cast of characters. In this unlikely tale of romance, an unexpected visitor more like a stray brindle-furred cat to be exact pays a lonely linguistics lecturer a visit on New Years Day and brings a wave of unexpected surprises. Thanks
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

Love in Lowercase is a cute novel about how small inconsequential things can have a big effect in our lives.  In Samuel's case, it was a stray cat changed his whole life. Admittedly this book, while short, was one that didn't hold my interest and the love story felt awkward.

Samuel is a lonely linguistics professor whose life is one of structure. He does the same thing everyday until a stray cat interrupts his happily mundane routine. This cat is the catalyst for change and turns his little w
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Maybe 2.5

The pacing was so disjointed, nothing really happened, and I skimmed the last half just to get it done. Not sure how it was marketed as a "romantic comedy", since (view spoiler) Also, there was little to no romance, nothi
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
First let me say that I was provided a copy of this book for review from Penguin First to Read. Now that THAT technicality is out of the way...on with the review. I have to be honest and admit that I really didn't care for this book. If I had it in me to DNF books, this one would be on that list. It is being marketed as the next "Rosie Project" and although I planned to read that someday, maybe I shouldn't. I also think that because this book is a translation from a Spanish author, maybe it lost ...more
Nat K
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
"Something's going to happen today"....Well, plenty does happen in this gorgeous gem of a book. The synchronicity of reading this book for me was amazing, as the protagonist Samuel, is about to ring in the start of another new year, and I also read this book during the first week of January, which is the timeline this book is set in.

The writing has the beautiful whimsical quality, reminding me very much of Haruki Murakami's work. From Samuel wishing the enforced holiday period was over, to openi
Vivek Tejuja
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Love in Small Letters” by Francesc Miralles was the second translated book I read this year and it came to me just by sheer chance, as most of the incidents take place – by chance. This book will make you believe in love and everyday magic. It will make you a hopeful person if you are not and a more hopeful person if you are. The book spoke to me like all the other books I have loved immensely. I picked it up because it had been lying around for a week and I really wanted to read it, so there y ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love in Small Letters was written by Spanish author Francesc Miralles in 2010 and has been translated to English by Julie Wark and published her in the UK last month by Alma Books.

This is a quirky little story about Samuel, a solitary man who tends to isolate himself so that he doesn't get let down by people. It's New Year's Eve and Samuel is celebrating with twelve grapes; one for each chime of midnight. His lonely celebrations are disturbed by a cat who manages to get inside Samuel's apartment
This is one of the nicest books I've read in years,
absolutely loved it from start to finish!

The title caught my eye straight away and the chapter titles continued in style.
I would have devoured it straight if I hadn't started reading it aloud to my kids!

Very real and human.
It touched so many emotions and all the wonderful cultural references made it thought provoking and inspiring.
I loved these unusual and eccentric characters all amusing and attractive in their individual ways including Mishima
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
A cute story, a translation, from an author from Spain who brought a nerdy teacher guy to life on the pages, a guy named Samuel who is a late 30's bachelor and thinks he's pretty much destined to live the humdrum life he's known so far when one day a cat walks into his apartment and then one thing leading to another- a philosophy he's dubbed, Love in Lowercase, he finds himself in the midst of a life. There's an old guy who is a guide of sorts, a nutty dude who's into space and two love interest ...more
Maria Espadinha
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lil Big Things

Samuel lives in a loveless cocoon, until a delicious cat sneaks into his home with no intentions to leave 😉...

And because dogs have owners, but cats have masters, all Samuel had to do was following Master Cat footsteps 😉...

A lovely story that shows the power of animals in people’s lives. Caring about an animal is a small act of love, that ... just like magic... attracts what is missing into our lives as a chain of unexpectedly surprising events 👍

All my heart strings have been pulle
Jessica Jeffers
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
What a weird little book. Review to come.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bit different from my usual fare, and that's why I decided to read it. I first spotted the orange cover in m local bookstore, and then pulled it out to see cats as well. I would be a crazy cat lady, had not fortune smiled upon me and I met my partner in my teens. The main character here, Samuel, really spoke to me because he is the kind of person I honestly might have become. Interested only in solitary activities at the beginning of the book, Samuel makes a few life changes and things begin t ...more
Camelia Rose
Love in Lowercase is a slow-burning love story about how a lonely 30-something college lecturer found his love. It's the butterfly affect--the small change in life, a random act of kindness or a coincidence, lead to the happiest result. The supporting characters include a quirky old man living upstairs, a mad (literally) physicist and an attractive vet. However, the female characters (including the love interest and the vet) are rather weak.

Cute, smart and funny. A lot of references about art,
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really don't think this was the book for me. It started out great in what I thought would be a fun little story about a professor and a cat, then it went rapidly downhill. I don't know if this was a translation issue or if that's simply how the story played out - chapters were very short (a plus!) but also seemed to be a series of events that happen to this man, rather than a smooth progression of the story.

more thoughts + a giveaway on the blog!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Hannah (jellicoereads)

The book comes across as quirky and fluffy, and I could have rated it higher if it weren’t for one gigantic sticking point: the narrator is in love with a woman who he only met once during his childhood, when they were kids and hiding under the stairs together. And then by chance, he sees her crossing the road one day (how do you even recognize someone 30 years later?!) and decides he is unbelievably, irrevocably in love with her.

Just, no.

He sets out to try find her, and becomes a tad single-
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
When I saw the cover of this book, I just couldn't resist. Described as a romantic comedy that involves a cat, how could I say no? Sadly, I just could not get into this book and found my mind often wandering instead of becoming invested in the story.

Samuel is a lonely lecturer who has lived on his own and doesn't really have anyone in his life. But the moment Mishima, a stray cat, sneaks his way into his apartment, Samuel has ventured more out his usual ways and crossed paths with some unusual,
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this ARC from Penguin's First to Read program which hyped it as appealing to lovers of "The Rosie Project." That was really a mistake in promotion - this protagonist is not on the Autism Spectrum or anything close to it. He teaches German lit after all. This book is really more like a small, sweet foreign language film that you see with subtitles that has a modest story but quirky characters. The type of film that wins lots of awards and that when you see it you feel certain if only y ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This book is a delight! More to come when I finally catch up on reviews.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

Samuel is a fairly boring, pathetic character in the beginning but w/the entrance of the cat (Mishima) the book takes a turn and he becomes more charming.
This is what I would call a quiet charmer in that the protagonist isn’t that engaging in the beginning so you wonder where is this story going? but then you keep reading and it grows on you, events start happening and now the story is more interesting. It’s not so much about the protagonist but the events surrounding
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a month of picking up books, only to discard them for lack of interest, I came across this little gem. Don't be fooled by the understated description, as this one has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye. Subtle references to art, music, & literature appear throughout, scattered with bits of wisdom...take a chance on chance...start paying more attention, so you won't miss out on what life has to offer...and more. Perfect title and a great ending. An absolute joy to read! ...more
Mary Hinkle
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The charming story of Samuel, an introverted and lonely young man, whose daily routine is upended when a stray cat wanders into his life.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature, fiction, cats
Francesc Miralles' love in lowercase is an international bestseller with an interesting premise. Unfortunately, I liked the premise a little more than the book itself. Perhaps it's because I bogged down on the German literature, not the plot of the book itself.

At thirty-seven, Samuel de Juan is an assistant lecturer in the Department of German Studies and Linguistics at a university in Barcelona. He's a lonely man, feeling alone and vulnerable during the Christmas and New Year holidays. He comme
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Son of a dressmaker and an erudite office worker, he was born in Barcelona on the 27th August 1968. After spending eight years in a religious school in la Ribera –just beside the Palau de la Música¡–, he attended high school at the extinguished academy ALMI and IES MONTSERRAT.

Despite his bad grades, he was accepted into the UAB’s faculty of Journalism, which he quited after four months. That the

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