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Vox
     

Vox

3.4 9
by Nicholson Baker
 

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

Vox is a novel that remaps the territory of sex—sex solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. It is an erotic classic that places Nicholson Baker firmly in the first rank of major American writers.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

Vox is a novel that remaps the territory of sex—sex solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. It is an erotic classic that places Nicholson Baker firmly in the first rank of major American writers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baker's self-indulgent novel, a 14-week PW bestseller in cloth, transcribes a long telephone conversation between two people who meet over a phone-sex call-in line. Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Jim and Abby meet over the phone when they both dial one of those 976 party lines that are advertised in adult magazines. After some exploratory small talk, they retire to the electronic ``back room'' for a more intimate chat. Their long conversation makes up the entire book. If the premise sounds a bit thin, remember that Nicholson Baker's brilliant first novel The Mezzanine ( LJ 11/1/88) was about an office worker's lunch-hour expedition to buy new shoelaces. Like all great artists, Baker has the ability to make familiar objects and everyday events seem new and strange. Centerfolds, lingerie catalogs, and X-rated videos will never look the same. Indeed, Vox transforms the genre itself: this is eroticism for the safe-sex Nineties. Not only is there no physical contact, the participants never leave the privacy of their own homes. Recommended, with the caveat that some readers may find the subject matter offensive. Baker's Room Temperature ( LJ 3/15/90) was one of LJ 's ``Best Books of 1990'' ( LJ 1/91).--Ed.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
Louise Bernikow
This is Ravel's "Bolero" played out on the page…The conversation gets sexier and sexier and…well, I'm too rang out to go on.
Cosmopolitan
Alexander Theroux
A remarkable tour de force...Vox is hilarious...a delightful novel.
The Washington Post Book World
Michael Upchurch
Imagine Chagall being commissioned to do the drawings for the joy of sex, and you'll have some notion of the topsy-turvey, concupiscent free-for-all that Vox conjures up....The book exudes a giddy buoyancy that you don't often find in American fiction.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Cyra McFadden
Explicit, often funny, and above all erotic...Baker specializes in the risky and playful.
The Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679742111
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
374,008
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLSON BAKER was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He has published ten novels and has written about poetry, literature, history, politics, time manipulation, youth, and sex. In 1999, he founded the American Newspaper Repository, a collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers. He received a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for his nonfiction book, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper and the International Hermann Hesse Prize (Germany) in 2014. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
1954
Place of Birth:
Rochester, NY
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1980

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Vox 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a phone conversation between a man and woman who end up in the same 'back room' of a telephone party line. It is at once erotic and incredibly humanistic, graphic but somehow endearing and honest. If you are easily shocked, you may not like some of the language. The intimate conversation weaves through sex, lonliness, observations on the mundane in every day life, and human connection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only give one star because I can't give it less. It took me three days to wade through the story. I've read better from the free section.
DesC More than 1 year ago
Definitely an erotic story. It explored the bounds of human sexuality, very descriptive, and interesting book.
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