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 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 farther 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.
Baker won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. He now returns to fiction with this lovely book, reminiscent of the early novels—Room Temperature and The Mezzanine—that established his reputation. ...Continua Nascondi
My first quibble came early and it had to do with the blurb not the book itself: 'A man gets up earlier and earlier each day': he doesn't, and that ant query seems to be spot-on: see page 163.
This is a perfect New Year's eve book - each chapter read outloud by a different person whilst the others watch the fire and sip brandied coffee, giggle, and contemplate emulating the New Year's Dawn Watch with hot flasks and doubled-up mittens. This whimsical story has made for a beautiful collective consciousness for some close friends at the last embers of a dying year.