Little Hands Clapping, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Once upon a time, in a room above a German museum, there lived an old man ...A caretaker by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken only by the occasional crunch of a spider between his teeth.

However, the old man's solitude is disturbed as unusual activities at the museum start to attract attention.

A pair of young and outrageously beautiful lovers, a baker's son with a passion for the euphonium, and a dog called Hans are just some of the innocents pulled into Rhodes's mesmerising world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9781847675309

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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.

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