In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel, first published in 1986, 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.
"[A[ cheerfully original novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very funny, enjoyable novel by a writer whose work frequently appears in The New Yorker." (Library Journal)
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