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Hardback Published: 02/02/2012
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A bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice. Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for a piece called Variations on Tram Timetables. He is married to a Californian art dealer named Laura and he lives with two cats, named after Russian composers, in an Eastern European city. But this book isn't really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. He has entrusted an old university friend with the task of looking after his cats, and taking care of his perfect, beautiful apartment. Despite the fact that Oskar has left dozens of surreally detailed notes covering every aspect of looking after the flat, things do not go well. Care of Wooden Floors is about how a tiny oversight can trip off a disastrous and farcical (fatal, even) chain of consequences. It's about a friendship between two men who don't know each other very well. It's about alienation and being alone in a foreign city. It's about the quest for perfection and the struggle against entropy. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007424436
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 29 mm

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Hardback

“Left me cold...”

I liked the quirky, different premise of this book and it started in a promising way with an interesting style of writing full of imagery, but it soon became a predictable, farcical black comedy and reminded me of an... More

Hardback edition
17th February 2012
Helpful? Upvote 47

“A Very Funny Read”

If you like your fiction darkly comic then this is the novel for you.

Our unnamed narrator , to say he is laid back is an understatement, is asked by his rather uptight friend Oskar to look after his apartment and... More

Paperback edition
14th April 2013
Helpful? Upvote 43

“interesting and clever, but traumatic”

I am still umming over the stars: do I think it is 3 or 4? I have erred on the side of caution and given it 3, as although the final forty-odd pages redeemed it a reasonable amount for me, there were several times I... More

Hardback edition
28th January 2012
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