March 1, 2004
March 1, 2004
Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.
What Emmett thinks about is the subject of this wise and closely observed novel, which covers vast distances while moving no further than Emmett?s hearth and home. Nicholson Baker?s extraordinary ability to describe and celebrate life in all its rich ordinariness has never been so beautifully achieved.
In Nicholson Baker's novel, Emmett gets up every morning for 33 mornings--one for each match with which he lights the fire in the fireplace--and drinks his coffee, eats his breakfast, and writes his daily chapter about his life. In the course of his ruminations, what comes through is his appreciation for the mundane and the forgotten, and his sadness at the ephemeral beauty of the world. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Literary, Stages of Life, Philosophy, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Nicholson Baker
- Online Item #: 12084503
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-3181
- ISBN: 9780375706035
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported