Friday, May 23, 2008

Mr. Karp's Last Glass

Mr. Karp's Last Glass by Cary Fagan
Young Randolph is a collector. When his family rents out part of their house, Mr. Karp takes over two rooms on the third floor, and Randolph soon learns that the new boarder is a collector too. It turns out that Mr. Karp collects water -- samples that he keeps in glass containers, each one carefully labeled: "Ditch water from St. Louis, Missouri, after the tornado of 1896." "Pitcher used by Benito Mussolini to throw water in face of army private during tantrum, 1941." Randolph is astonished to learn that Mr. Karp is just one of many water collectors, and the only thing preventing him from being the foremost water collector in his region is a rival named Ravelson. To beat Ravelson, Mr. Karp heads to Japan to obtain a unique sample -- melted snow taken from the upturned hat of Napoleon Bonaparte during the Russian campaign.

1 comment:

Nate said...

Cool book, a bit short but the water collection is fascinating and all the characters are well developed. A good read.