9780375706035

A Box of Matches

ISBN 10: 0375706038 / 0-375-70603-8
ISBN 13: 9780375706035
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:

Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.

What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no further than Emmett’s hearth and home. Nicholson Baker’s extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.


Review:

"[A]marvel of ship-in-a-bottle miniaturism that no one else could have written, or would have thought to write....How anything so wonderful as life--and anything so terrible as death--could evolve from such humble stuff as paper towels is the question preoccupying Baker's narrator....The great, tidal rhythms that usually govern literary storytelling -- ambition and frustration, love and loss, innocence and experience--are replaced here by something more arbitrary, more digital. When time is up in this novel, time is up--ready or not. Which is how it works in life, of course. A structure that may at first seem rather cute, like a technical dare that Baker gave himself when he was feeling restless one afternoon, comes off instead, once the book is on its way, as a melancholy stroke of hyperrealism....His tight-focus set pieces, though astonishing, are really a calculated misdirection; with his hidden hand he's writing about love, the energy beam that, diffracted through the brain and the convex lenses of the eyes, creates the rainbow of objects called the world."

Walter Kirn, New York Times Book Review, 02/02/2003

Review:

"Baker's work represents not so much an inquest into why things are beautiful, as an observation that they are. The moral of his lynx-eyed, gorgeously wordy chronicles is that if we just learn to look carefully, life becomes more interesting and funnier--and thus more bearable. Perhaps the best way to think of Baker is not as a novelist, but as an archivist....We live in a disposable culture. The response of zeitgeisty North American writers such as Douglas Coupland or Bret Easton Ellis has been to meet a disposable culture with a disposable style....Nicholson Baker's response, by contrast, has been to slow down, to be attentive, to observe, and to annotate."

Robert MacFarlane, Times Literary Supplement, 01/31/2003

 

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