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ISBN13: 9780312263997
ISBN10: 0312263996
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"[Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing new book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn, As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in recent American fiction.


"Lovely...[Paul Auster] is one of our most inventive and least predictable authors."-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World


"A novel of haunted love whose themes loop around one another like glowing coils, connecting gracefully beneath Auster's clear prose, eliciting the fanciful and the tragic."-Oscar Villalon, The San Francisco Chronicle


"After reading Timbuktu, we ramble through our world with reawakened senses and newly alert minds. This is the Auster magic....[His] books tease and challenge. There is an innocence in his work that is entirely compatible with the complexity of his artistry....Paul Auster is a genuine American original."-Paul Kafka, Boston Globe

Review:

"In a world in which many people get treated like dogs, Paul Auster has elected to tell us the story of a dog's life, and by the end of this brief, extraordinary book he has made us think, feel and even dream along with his canine Mr. Bones. By stepping outside the frame of our own species, Auster allows us to see ourselves afresh, through the eyes of the loving, half-comprehending, half-mystified aliens who live within our homes." Salman Rushdie

Review:

"Ultimately ... Timbuktu is much smarter than either of its seekers of wisdom, and there are periodic flashes of gorgeous prose to prove it." Jim Shepard, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"...Auster does a nimble job of showing what the world might feel like from a dog's perspective.... [Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Synopsis:

In this delightful book, the reader is invited to overhear a series of playful, sharp philosophical debates between the author and her beloved cat. To Suki—a sulky, silky feline who believes she is a goddess—her owner is simply her “high priestess”, there to do her bidding. To Suniti—a writer, poet, fabulist and feminist icon—Suki is “a stroppy cat who talks too much.” But as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, or the meaning of happiness, or war, or morality or any topic under the sun, it soon becomes clear that the bond between human and animal is a deep, complex and loving one. Far more than a personal memoir about a dearly departed pet, Suki is a philosophical novel, full of tender wisdom. It is a unique exploration of the  relationship between human and animal.

Readers who have enjoyed J. R. Ackerleys My Dog Tulip, Nilanjana Roys The Wildings, or Paul Austers Timbuktu, will fall in love with the maddening, lovable, unique character that is Suki – as seen through the eyes of Suniti Namjoshi, her companion, fellow-traveller and one of the foremost women writers of her generation.

Synopsis:

In Suki, Suniti Namjoshi weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing, loss, memory, metaphor, and contemplation. Taken as a whole, the picture she draws is a stunning evocation of the love and friendship shared between herself and her super cat, Suki, a lilac Burmese. Suki suggests that she could be a goddess, and Namjoshi her high priestess. Namjoshi declines, but as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, the meaning of happiness, war, morality, or just daily life, it becomes clear that the bond between them is a deep and complex one. Namjoshi figures the days of Sukis life as leaves, which fall vividly but irrevocably into times stream and are recollected with a wild tenderness by a grieving Namjoshi, who learns through the discipline of meditation how to lose what is most loved.

 

One of the most distinctive lesbian-feminist voices of the late twentieth century, Suniti Namjoshi, best known for her many poems and fables, is highly respected as one of the pioneers of womens writing in India. This beautiful narrative, both memoir and elegy, offers solace and celebration to everyone who has felt the trust that passes between a person and a beloved creature.

Synopsis:

Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Auster's remarkable novel, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled, and dying poet-saint from Brooklyn. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they sally forth on a last great adventure in search of Willy's high school teacher and mentor.

About the Author

Paul Auster is the author of eight previous novels, including The New York Trilogy, The Music of Chance, and Mr. Vertigo. He has also published poems, essays, and two works of autobiography, The Invention of Solitude and Hand to Mouth. He wrote the screenplays for Smoke, Blue in the Face, and Lulu on the Bridge (which he also directed). His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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sgreen, January 15, 2013 (view all comments by sgreen)
A short, fable-like tale you'll wish were longer. Fortunately, despite it's seeming simplicity, this book bears repeated readings. Told from a dog's perspective, this take on life and its hardships gets to what makes it worthwhile, without a whiff of sentimentality. A sheer bittersweet joy of a read. If Auster's other works approximate this one, I have a lot to look forward to.
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megcampbell3, July 1, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
Where did Paul Auster get this story? I don't know, but I am glad he wrote it and gave it to us. There's not a thing that's easy about life, is there? Even for a dog. One mark of a good novel is narrative punctuated by profundity, and Auster always has that in spades. Here's a gem from Timbuktu: "...No one can ever amount to anything in this life without someone else to believe in him." Rich characters, story within story, and a certain undressed take on the world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312263997
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Zubaan Books
Author:
Namjoshi, Suniti
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Loneliness
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Dog owners
Subject:
Baltimore
Subject:
Brooklyn
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
034
Publication Date:
20141015
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 264 pages Picador USA - English 9780312263997 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In a world in which many people get treated like dogs, Paul Auster has elected to tell us the story of a dog's life, and by the end of this brief, extraordinary book he has made us think, feel and even dream along with his canine Mr. Bones. By stepping outside the frame of our own species, Auster allows us to see ourselves afresh, through the eyes of the loving, half-comprehending, half-mystified aliens who live within our homes."
"Review" by , "Ultimately ... Timbuktu is much smarter than either of its seekers of wisdom, and there are periodic flashes of gorgeous prose to prove it."
"Review" by , "...Auster does a nimble job of showing what the world might feel like from a dog's perspective.... [Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book."
"Synopsis" by ,
In this delightful book, the reader is invited to overhear a series of playful, sharp philosophical debates between the author and her beloved cat. To Suki—a sulky, silky feline who believes she is a goddess—her owner is simply her “high priestess”, there to do her bidding. To Suniti—a writer, poet, fabulist and feminist icon—Suki is “a stroppy cat who talks too much.” But as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, or the meaning of happiness, or war, or morality or any topic under the sun, it soon becomes clear that the bond between human and animal is a deep, complex and loving one. Far more than a personal memoir about a dearly departed pet, Suki is a philosophical novel, full of tender wisdom. It is a unique exploration of the  relationship between human and animal.

Readers who have enjoyed J. R. Ackerleys My Dog Tulip, Nilanjana Roys The Wildings, or Paul Austers Timbuktu, will fall in love with the maddening, lovable, unique character that is Suki – as seen through the eyes of Suniti Namjoshi, her companion, fellow-traveller and one of the foremost women writers of her generation.

"Synopsis" by ,
In Suki, Suniti Namjoshi weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing, loss, memory, metaphor, and contemplation. Taken as a whole, the picture she draws is a stunning evocation of the love and friendship shared between herself and her super cat, Suki, a lilac Burmese. Suki suggests that she could be a goddess, and Namjoshi her high priestess. Namjoshi declines, but as they discuss the merits of vegetarianism, the meaning of happiness, war, morality, or just daily life, it becomes clear that the bond between them is a deep and complex one. Namjoshi figures the days of Sukis life as leaves, which fall vividly but irrevocably into times stream and are recollected with a wild tenderness by a grieving Namjoshi, who learns through the discipline of meditation how to lose what is most loved.

 

One of the most distinctive lesbian-feminist voices of the late twentieth century, Suniti Namjoshi, best known for her many poems and fables, is highly respected as one of the pioneers of womens writing in India. This beautiful narrative, both memoir and elegy, offers solace and celebration to everyone who has felt the trust that passes between a person and a beloved creature.

"Synopsis" by , Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Auster's remarkable novel, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled, and dying poet-saint from Brooklyn. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they sally forth on a last great adventure in search of Willy's high school teacher and mentor.
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