Title: The Mezzanine
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1988. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 137 pages. October 1988. hardcover. Jacket illustration & design by Dave Calver. Inscribed by The Author. 1555842585. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 11990. FROM THE PUBLISHER - THE MEZZANINE is the remarkable portrait of one young manís day at the office - actually, his lunch hour and, more exactly, his escalator ride back to his office on the mezzanine level, after purchasing shoelaces. Nicholson Bakerís novel is fiction of an astonishing new and original variety. The seemingly small and inconsequential events of the narratorís life - breaking both shoelaces within a day of each other - assume the narrative weight of major discoveries, significant events in a straight-faced comedy of the quotidian. Pushing at the boundaries of supposedly average thoughts - why the spout on the milk carton? is the hot air blower in the menís room really more sanitary? - the tale uncovers the strange and wonderful parameters of the everyday. Complete with footnotes, lists, and charts, THE MEZZANINE marks Nicholson Bakerís inspired debut as novelist. Bookseller Inventory # 11990
Synopsis: In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive novel, bestselling author Nicholson Baker 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. 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 experiences. ?Captures the spirit of American corporate life and invests it with a passion and sympathy that is entirely unexpected.? ? The Seattle Times ?A constant delight . . . among the year?s best.? ? The Boston Globe ?Baker writes with appealing charm . . . [He] clowns and shows off . . . rambles and pounces hard; he says acute things, extravagant things, terribly funny things.? ? Los Angeles Times Book Review
From the Inside Flap: Turns an ordinary ride up an office escalator into a meditation on our relations with familiar objects--shoelaces, straws, and more. Baker's debut novel, and a favorite amongst many of us here.
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