One Hand Clapping

Becoming a surrogate mother to assuage one's loneliness is common in the near future. What isn't so common is becoming a surrogate mother for body parts. After Marina volunteers for a multiple hand implant project, she falls in love with one of the hands. When it is removed to be reattached to the donor, she searches hospitals to find a man with a scar on his wrist. 

5.0 out of 5 stars
Ms Leroux is almost a prophet.
By Michael J. Bzdawka on 27 January 2007

I just finished reading the book and am now watching a programme on Discovery about a man who's having an ear implanted on his arm. Ms Leroux understands current happenings and carries them into the surreal. Her ability to see how humans might adapt to scientific advances into their everyday life is uncanny.

4.0 out of 5 stars
Lise Leroux- weirdest book ive ever read!!!
By Amazon Customeron 16 January 2004

I must say, I nearly had to take notes to keep tabs on all the characters and their relationships. What can I say? Its brilliant, although surreal beyond belief. Marinas family are the strangest folk you are ever bound to meet- her sister has to wear grounding wires to stop herself from electrocuting everyone she touches, her brother in law lives in a hug box, her aunt has her violent husband imprisioned inside her hand, desparate to get out...
And Doctor Hurtigger, researcher into the delicate science of grafting and implanting body parts, is the weirdest one of all. Every chapter twists the characters closer together as a new character is introduced, and the book comes together like an intricate puzzle, keeping you guessing right to the very last page. Genius.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating and sometimes weird fantasy about the future
By A customeron 21 July 1999

An excellent first novel. Leroux's imagination takes you into the minds of some strange characters with some very unusual personality traits. Each chapter introduces someone new and it's not until the last chapter that relationships and identities are fully revealed.
Consequently, once started it's hard to put down and Leroux's skilful use of words keeps you wanting to know what weird character is going to appear next.
It's an unusual combination of love story, horror story, contemporary fantasy and science fiction which I highly recommend.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging and twisted
By A customeron 20 May 1999

Anyone fascinated about the picture of the mouse with an ear grafted on it's back should read on! Chanced upon this little gem and found that I couldn't put it down. Leroux draws you into a web of a huge range of human emotions from undying love to inability to relate, coupled with perverse images of human experiments. It is a wonderful read for those with the imagination to transform her prose into pictures. Being set in London also enhances the 'reality' of the novel. I haven't read a comtemporary novel that made me question the future of science. Hats off to Leroux!

5.0 out of 5 stars
An amazingly confident and accomplished first novel.
By A customeron 22 April 1999

Format: Paperback
I find it hard to believe this is a first novel. Its scale is ambitious. The plot is surrealistic. But the characters are entirely believable, despite the eccentric events that surround them. The author builds an intriguing mosaic and the total picture is incredibly memorable. I defy anyone who has read this book to travel on London Underground again without sparing a thought for "the scrapers". Other images are similarly vivid, Colton's hug box - an autistic boy's defence mechanism, and Luca's prison hole are especially haunting.
We learn about each character in turn and as we do the mosaic take shape. The surrealistic plot becomes almost commonplace. The vividness of the characters and their fundamental humanity persuaded me to suspend disbelief early on. This is a world quite like ours, but not quite ours. Strange things happen but are woven in with the mundane...if you find Transport strikes routine! I found the images so strong I hated some of the characters. By the end I had come to understand them. The book shows that none of us is entirely black or white, even the evil characters have reasons for seeing the world as they do.
One other element of the book deserves mention. The author precedes each section with one of her own illustrations and these powerful images give the story an extra dimension. I could go on...but it would be much better for you to read it yourself. You'll have to wait quite a time to find a more accomplished and absorbing first novel.
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