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ISBN13: 9780312263997
ISBN10: 0312263996
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The New York Times Bestseller-

"[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

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"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:

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.

Synopsis:

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 American fiction.

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
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Picador
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
Copyright:
Series Volume:
034
Publication Date:
20000501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.26x5.68x.49 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 192 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 , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 American fiction.

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