In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novelfirst published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperbackthe author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk... show more
In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novelfirst published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperbackthe author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one’s shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. Nicholson Baker’s accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human human experiences.
Publish date: July 13th 2010
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 135
Edition language: English
This minute observation has autistic elements in it that made it for me very hard to read. Intellectually a great piece, not necessarily enjoyable for me.
This is one of those times that I'd kill to have a half-star ability on Goodreads - because this is solidly a 3.5 star book. It's an interesting curiosity of a piece but also nothing that is spectacular or revelatory. It's in the vein of Woolf's stream-of-consciousness but a bit more ho-hum, a bit...
Cuando estoy en riesgo de aburrirme, juego un juego: Pensar algo, luego pensar acerca de lo primero que me venga a la mente con ese algo y así hasta que me canse. Y luego de vuelta hasta volver al algo original.Este libro es algo así. Un hombre subiendo unas escaleras eléctricas y pensando en algo, ...
The 135 page escalator ride. Nicholson Baker puts us in the wandering mind of office-worker Howie as he reflects on past events, life changes such as learning to tie one's shoes and witnessing the end of milk home-delivery.The plot is thin but the reminisces and vignettes and footnotes are interesti...
Did not like this as much as The Anthologist, in part because it required reading voluminous footnotes in small print, which drives me almost as crazy as voluminous italics, but mostly because the narrative voice did not capture my ear like The Anthologist did. The entire book concerns the "reapprai...