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Timbuktuby Paul Auster
Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times Bestseller-
"[Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"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
"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
"...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
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.
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.
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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