House of Holes

House of Holes

by Nicholson Baker

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Overview

In the New York Times bestseller House of Holes, Nicholson Baker, “one of the most beautiful, original, and ingenious prose stylists to have come along in decades” (The New York Times Magazine), returns to the terrain that made him famous with a gleefully provocative, off-the-charts erotic novel that is unlike anything you’ve read—“a filthy tour de force” (Time).

Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. So begins Nicholson Baker’s fuse-blowing sexual escapade—a modern-day Hieronymus Boschian bacchanal set in a pleasure resort where normal rules don’t apply. House of Holes, one of the most talked-about books in recent memory, is a gleefully provocative novel sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439189528
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 236,493
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nicholson Baker is the author of nine novels and four works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle award. He lives with his family in Maine.

Date of Birth:

1954

Place of Birth:

Rochester, NY

Education:

B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1980

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House of Holes 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the title says, raunchy but at the same time hilarious. Each increasingly unlikely vignette is described in increasingly outrageous terms. A real page turner, I couldn't wait to find out how it all came together.
jenn_stringer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love sexy, dirty, raunchy books. This one delivers on the dirty raunchy part and because of that it definitely won't be for everyone. Nicholson Baker is known for his dirty literary works and the NYT seems to love most of what he writes. This is my first experience and he *is* a fantastic writer. His use of language is clever (he makes up words like "thrummiest" and "mufling") and he can draw a character with just a few lines and he is very funny. He creates a world full of weird characters and imaginary places that allows the reader to have a crazy good time.
bookstopshere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I didn't particularly enjoy Vox or The Fermata, I tried this based on the NYT Review of Bks review - my bad! This might be the most boring and least "erotic" book of pseudo-pornography ever written. Baker isn't always so dull; I enjoyed The Anthologist, but this is nearly unreadable
EpicTale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prompted by reading a profile about the author in an August 2011 New York Times, I requested "House of Holes" from my local public library and, lo and behold, the hold notice landed in my email queue within a few weeks. Having finished the book in an unusually short time, several words come to my mind to describe it: delicious, shallow, funny, silly, time waster, raunchy, fantastic, literary, trashy, sexy, clever, goofy, and anti-erotic. There's no point in describing a plot or thesis, for the book contains neither. Nor is there any character development. But if you want to read a series of original sex-drenched vignettes (to either yourself or a loved one) while steering clear of Penthouse, here's your book.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one book where I was led astray by the New York Times review of books, which raved about this work. I must have forgotten how lacklustre I found Baker's other book in my collection, Vox, which was supposed to be daring and pushing the boundaries, and instead, I found to be trying to hard. The same situation applies here - Baker writes what is, essentially, 262 pages of poorly written soft porn. If it is meant to be salacious, it is far too heavy handed. If it is meant to be titillating, it is too heavy handed. Generally an unpleasant read, unless one is a prepubescent boy, who will think it is The Best Book Ever Written, because it talks about boobies.
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This book is awful!  There is no plot.  The only attempt at a plot is the use of "portals" which just seems to be thrown in haphazardly to make it seem like an actual book.
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Disjointed and uninteresting
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People who buy this expecting to get a story will be very disappointed. There is no story here, just a bunch of random, incoherent, ridiculous chapters that never tie in together, and never make sense. What few recurring characters appear in this "book" do nothing to advance a plot, because there is NO plot. I am at a loss as to how this could be a New York Times Bestseller, or how it could garner so much praise. Before I am debunked as a conservative, or someone trying to censor literature, let me say that I have no problem with the "book's" content. I don't care about the language, or the gratuitous sex. My problem with it is that it's complete garbage. A boring, worthless waste of time and money.
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Very light and pointless. The best that can be said for it is women are not treated as sexual objects.
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