The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

by Nicholson Baker
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The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel—first published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback—the author of Vox and The Fermata 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. Nicholson Baker’s accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. 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 human experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144904
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 142
Sales rank: 309,840
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nicholson Baker is the author of eight novels — The Mezzanine, Room Temperature, Vox, The Fermata, The Anthologist, A Box of Matches, Checkpoint, and The Everlasting Story of Nory — and four works of nonfiction, including Human Smoke. He lives with his wife and two children in Maine.

Date of Birth:

1954

Place of Birth:

Rochester, NY

Education:

B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1980

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The Mezzanine 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BookReviewersClub More than 1 year ago
"The Mezzanine" is a short novel by Nicholson Baker published in 1988. It was the author's first published book, and it follows the character of Howie, who is your average American office employee. The story begins by following Howie as he makes his way up the escalator to the mezzanine where his office cubical is, and ends with him stepping off the escalator onto his office's floor. Basically, the story is about the wearied human mind and the thought process that goes through Howie's head on a typical Monday. There is this little place in the normal human mind that then takes a tangent here and there and never seems to fully focus on one thought all the way through to the end. This book is full of those tangents and seems to live off of all of the tiny details of every single thought that could possibly go through one's mind while at the office. All in all, I give the book 4 stars because it's a good one and I do recommend reading it.
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This is my favorite book of all time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While the premise of Mr. Baker's novel is a unique one, it fell a little short with me. The character's over-analytical thoughts grew tiresome halfway into the novella. It was an okay read, however, I wouldn't recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, The Mezzanine, was greatly informative in the mundaneness of daily life and the small things that come into use in our lives. The book is greatly enjoyable for anyone and should be a 'must read' in everyone's booklist
Guest More than 1 year ago
In twenty years, English teachers will all be wondering why nobody appreciated this guy in the first place. Baker's eye for minutiae is playful yet professional - it's unlike anything else I've read. Sometimes tiresome, but then again so is Joyce. Give it a chance.