The Mezzanine (Paperback)

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This book takes place entirely during one office worker’s trip on an escalator up to his office’s mezzanine. Tactile, neurotic, architectural -- it has an engaging logic that will make you reconsider all the little objects in your life.

-- Ryan

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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: 9780802144904
ISBN-10: 080214490X
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Pages: 135
Language: English