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Love in Lowercase

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,799 ratings  ·  483 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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Tea Jovanović
iliti Ljubav malim slovima... Najbolja knjiga koju je Fransesk napisao... Ko je još nije procitao, knjiga je MUST READ... Fransesk je osim toga što je dobar pisac, veoma divan čovek i već dva puta je bio u Beogradu i družio se sa svojim čitaocima... Zadovoljstvo mi je da kažem da je u međuvremenu postao moj veliki prijatelj... Pisac koji je spojio mene i mog sadašnjeg velikog prijatelja, zagrebackog urednika Davora, pisac koga sam sa zadovoljstvom prodala najvećem juznoameričkom, i brazilskom iz ...more
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
Juan Vorágine
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Esta es la historia perfecta para aquellos que amen las letras, los idiomas y la filosofía. En este libro, encontramos muchas referencias bibliográficas y filosóficas, además de que el protagonista asocia acontecimientos literarios con hechos de su día a día, por lo que me he sentido identificado con él. Sí es cierto que no es una historia de amor muy convencional, ya que el amor no es la pieza clave del libro, sino que está igualada en relevancia con la literatura o la filosofía, piezas cla
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
Cărți și călătorii
Destul de simpatică. Mi-a plăcut că acțiunea se întâmplă în Barcelona și am încercat să recunosc locurile și străzile din amintiri. Raval e un cartier pe care încă nu l-am explorat pe îndelete, dar de La Rambla și Plaça de Catalunya știe orice turist. :p E genul de carte ușurică și plăcută, cu câteva ingrediente de succes: un profesor singuratic, o pisică, o iubire improbabilă, un mister și mici pastile/sentințe/propoziții care se cer subliniate și copiate în carnetul cu citate inspiraționale. : ...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
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Más bien es un 2,5.

Nueva novela de Francesc Miralles, un autor que hasta el momento me ha agradado con su pluma delicada y tan peculiar, pero esta vez no ha terminado de ser lo que esperaba. Porque con Amor en minúscula me he encontrado con una historia distinta de lo que esperaba, que se lee en un suspiro porque cuenta con capítulos cortos y una narración que sin querer te envuelve, pero con un argumento más bien lento y sin demasiada trama, así que no me ha enganchado ni me ha maravillado.

Sandra Deaconu
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rotunjite. Iubire cu i mic este o bijuterie mică, mică și finuță, plină de citate simpatice care pot fi considerate lecții de viață (cred că ar merge scrise pe poze cu asfințituri), filozofii pentru începători, de trimiteri la cărți, filme și informații de cultură generală. E genul de carte care emană acel aer pe care îl au oamenii care stau singuri pe o bancă și se uită la frunze, potrivită celor cu firi visătoare. În plus, am aflat câteva chestii foarte interesante, cum ar fi că Dale Carne ...more
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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 to
Janine Slayton
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
 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 worl
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
O amor não está nos grandes gestos, mas sim nas pequenas acções que encadeadas entre si podem levar a grandes acontecimentos (e a grandes histórias de amor, quem sabe). Esta é a premissa que dá título a um livro de fácil leitura, mas que contém algumas passagens que obrigam o leitor a reflectir acerca da solidão, do amor, da amizade e até da predestinação da vida de cada um.
Nalguns momentos da leitura ficamos com a sensação de que este podia ser um livro de auto-ajuda. Mesmo assim, contém tópic
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
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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First half of the book: 5 Sstars. Beautifully written, love the witty passages. I liked the short 2-3 page chapters and the 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 a totally 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
Nažalost, ova knjiga i ja se nismo baš najbolje slagale. Jako sam želela da mi se svidi i sve je zvučalo kao postavka priče u koju ću se zaljubiti, ali taj je osećaj izostao. Daleko od toga da je loša , samo mislim da nije bio pravi trenutak za nju.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

„Iskoristi male stvari, jer ćeš se možda jednog dana osvrnuti i uvidjeti da su bile velike.“ Ovim citatom Roberta Braulta počinje roman Francesca Mirallesa „Ljubav malim slovima“. Upravo ovaj citat me je zainteresirao za daljnje čitanje ove nadasve zgodne knjige koja se bavi razmišljanjima 37-godišnjeg Samuella, profesora književnosti , samca , koji razmišlja o svome životu koji baš i ne smatra jako zanimljivim. Njegov turoban, samački život jednog dana narušava dolazak malog mačka pred vrata nj
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
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Во ист период како и лани, започнав да читам книга од Франсеск Миралјес, никогаш не ме разочарал. Тој е толку исполнет со знаење од литературата, филозофијата, музиката, религијата. Оваа книга му ја препорачувам на секого. Ако сте тажни, ќе ве развесели, ќе направи повторно да верувате во магијата на секојдневието. Испреплетена со љубов, пријателство, вечните карактери на луѓето, месечината, долгите прошетки низ тесните улички од калдрма. Убавина од роман.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
What a weird little book. Review to come.
Maria Roxana
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Niciodată nu suntem singuri, asta nu e decât una dintre iluziile omului.”
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"- Recunosc, dar ce sens are să retrăim ceva de-acum treizeci de ani? Oamenii cresc, se schimbă, uită. Căci altminteri ar fi atât de greu de trăit, nu crezi?"
Petra Miocic
Odrasli su nas, kao djecu, naučili pravopisu. Jedno od prvih pravila bilo je što napisati velikim, a što malim slovima. I tako smo saznali: velikim se slovima pišu vlastite imenice, imena mora, rijeka, gradova i država… Sve što je veliko i važno na papiru mora biti zabilježeno velikim početnim slovom. Kao da ćemo, napišemo li mu ime malim slovom, označenoga uvrijediti ili umanjiti njegovu vrijednost. Jer ti su velikoslovci oni što vrijede, malim slovom označavamo tek isuviše obične, svakodnevne ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Je crois que ce livre n'était tout simplement fait pour moi.
Je me suis ennuyée du début à la fin et j'ai plusieurs fois hésité à l'abandonner. Les personnages ne sont pas intéressants ni attachants. L'histoire est plate et ne sert qu'à mettre en valeur les petits riens du quotidien et l'effet papillon qu'ils peuvent entraîner sur une vie.
Ce roman va vite quitter ma bibliothèque !
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
Nat K
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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
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
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.

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