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Mezzanine, the (1988) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Although most of the action of THE MEZZANINE occurs on the escalator of an office building, where its narrator is returning to work after buying shoelaces, this startlingly inventive and witty novel takes us farther than most fiction written today. It lends to milk cartons the associative richness of Marcel Proust's madeleines. It names the eight most significant advances in human life—beginning with shoe-tying. It asks whether the hot air blowers in bathrooms really are more sanitary than towels. And it casts a dazzling light on our relations with the objects and people we usually take for granted.
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Original title: The Mezzanine
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor

Edition #1: Mezzanine, the

Mezzanine, the (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Wonderfully readable, in fact gripping, with surprising bursts of recognition, humor and wonder." Washington Post Book World
  • "A constant delight... among the year's best." Boston Globe
  • "A very funny book... its 135 pages probably contain more insight into life as we live it than anything currently on the best seller list." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Astonishing... an instant modern classic." The Times (London)
  • "The Mezzanine packs a big punch... this is a bold, auspicious first novel." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "I love novels with gimmicks. The list of great ones—Tristram Shandy... Pale Fire... Ulysses, the ultimate gimmick novel. The Mezzanine is a definite contribution, a very funny book about the human mind... Mesmerizing." New York Times Book Review
  • "An innovative, intimate novel. The Mezzanine helps us recognize the thoughts we share with others, fostering a sense of belonging, and the ways we see things differently, fostering a sense of identity." Los Angeles Times
  • "[The Mezzanine is] a wonderfully funny original novel." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "[Nicholson Baker] captures the bland spirit of American corporate life and invests it with a passion and sympathy that is entirely unexpected.... The result is as good-natured and eye-opening a novel as any of the past year." Seattle Times
  • "[The Mezzanine is] a smart, sharp-eyed, amusing little original. ." Cleveland Plain Dealer
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ISBN: 0679725768

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