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Literature / House of Tribes

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Like their age old enemies, mice too can be consumed by curiosity.

Pedlar is a young yellow-necked mouse who lives in Hedgerow. When he reaches a certain age, Pedlar decides to leave his family to go on a journey to live at the mysterious, far-off place known only as "the House".

House of Tribes is a 1995 book by Garry Kilworth. It's a fantasy book about mice.

This book provides examples of:

  • Humans Are Smelly: Tinker thinks that nudniks are unhygenic because they can't lick themselves well like mice can.
  • Humans by Any Other Name: Mice call humans "nudniks".
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tinker claims to hate humans but is always talking about them.
  • Ironic Name: Every single member of the mouse tribe "Invisibles" has that kind of a name; Hearallthings (deaf), Goingdownfast (an excellent swimmer), Ferocious (the meekest one), etc.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Flegm's last words are "Push on, he says. I couldn't push a spr-" His friend is noted to spend the rest of his life wondering what the last word was going to be. "Sprout? Spring? Sprocket?"
  • Meaningful Name: Justified as mice aren't named until they display traits. For example, Pedlar is named for his quirk of trading food with others.
  • Mouse World: House Of Tribes shows life entirely from the perspective of rodents living in Britain. To them, even a single house is mysterious.
  • Unpleasant Animal Counterpart: The protagonists are all mice, while one of the antagonists is a mean dirty old murderous rat.