Little Hands Clapping

November 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

In an unidentified German city there is an odd museum with it’s good intentions twisted and perverted by Herr Schmidt, its sole attendant, and the attending physician with strange tastes.

In Little Hands Clapping , Dan Rhodes weaves a twisted spiderweb of a tale. It touches upon taboo topics such as necrophilia, cannibalism, and suicide. But I feel these are very much part of the tale and not gratuitous at all. This reads a bit like a YA novel, perhaps a Harry Potter-esque horror sans magic. There is also a great many love stories woven throughout this dark web, and in a Flannery O’Connor way there is light at the end of the dark tunnel.

Check out this book todayPR6068 .H53 L57 2010

I’ve a colleague who found the book disgusting and horrid.

And I myself found this book fascinating and brilliant. We both agree, however, that it was difficult to put down.

I highly highly recommend this book and am eager to read more by Rhodes.

You can read more reviews on this book at the Guardian and see what people are saying on


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