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Publisher Comments:

From Nicholson Baker, best-selling author of Vox and the most original writer of his generation, his most audacious novel yet.

Meet Jay.

Meet Ben.

Jay has summoned his old friend Ben to a hotel room not far from the nation's capitol. During the course of an afternoon, they will share a delicious lunch and will crack open a bottle of wine from the hotel minibar. They will chat about everything from Ben's new camera to Iraq to the unfortunate fate of a particular free-range chicken.

And Jay will explain to Ben exactly why and how he is planning to commit a murder that will change the course of history.

Review:

"[A] work of provocative and razor-sharp fiction...[Baker] craft[s] a nail-biting duet...that incisively charts the emotional turmoil generated by the horrors and conundrums of war, terrorism, dirty politics, and repression." Booklist

Review:

"If one of our supreme chroniclers of mild manners can be roused to such patriotic indignation, democracy yet has a fighting chance." Benjamin Strong, The Village Voice

Review:

"[A] droll piece of work...at times even hilarious....An absolute treasure for anti-Bushists, the purest sin-and-snake-venom deceit and villainy to pro-Bushists. Let the reader-voter call it." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Checkpoint is the fictional equivalent of...Fahrenheit 9/11 and is sure to generate the same barrage of commentaries, pro and con....Unsettling and redemptive by turns...a timely and provocative book, and one well worth reading and debating." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"Except for its inflammatory theme — Baker's novels have always been desperate to be noticed, and here he breaks new ground in his sensationalism — Checkpoint could be dismissed as another of Baker's creepy hermeneutical toys." Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[R]ousing and at times repugnant....For a while the talk is exhilarating, if the reader shares the characters' beliefs..." Laurie Stone, Newsday

Review:

"Checkpoint is far from a wash: Parts of it are very funny....Parts of Checkpoint are genuinely eyebrow-raising and daring..." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Review:

"Checkpoint makes Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 look like a work of Jamesian subtlety and nuance. There isn't a graceful or interesting sentence in this blunt, plotless, obscenity-laden screed. (Grade: F)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] terrible book....[The] characters and their arguments are so banal....[D]isturbing nonsense." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"Checkpoint comes down unmistakably on the side of civility and political process, not assassination. But it's the book's inward rage that sticks with you." Seattle Times

Review:

"Appreciation of this novel depends entirely on one's political attitudes toward the war in Iraq and the presidency of George W. Bush....It is less a novel and more of a passionate cry from the heart about American foreign policy that Baker clearly opposes." USA Today

Review:

"Baker doesn't seem to want us to see Jay and Ben as fools because they reject Bush, all his works and all his empty promises. Rather, they are fools because they can conceive of no better means of rejection than mystical pistol slugs and puppies." P.J. O'Rourke, The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Checkpoint isn't particularly daring or wicked. It just feels desperate, as though Baker is waving a red flag, begging for attention." Miami Herald

Synopsis:

Meet Jay.

Meet Ben.

Jay has summoned his old friend Ben to a hotel room not far from the nation's capitol. During the course of an afternoon, they will share a delicious lunch and will crack open a bottle of wine from the hotel minibar. They will chat about everything from Ben's new camera to Iraq to the unfortunate fate of a particular free-range chicken.

And Jay will explain to Ben exactly why and how he is planning to commit a murder that will change the course of history.

About the Author

Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He has published six previous novels and three works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400044009
Author:
Baker, Nicholson
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Assassination
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
115
Dimensions:
7.56x5.18x.65 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 115 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9781400044009 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] work of provocative and razor-sharp fiction...[Baker] craft[s] a nail-biting duet...that incisively charts the emotional turmoil generated by the horrors and conundrums of war, terrorism, dirty politics, and repression."
"Review" by , "If one of our supreme chroniclers of mild manners can be roused to such patriotic indignation, democracy yet has a fighting chance."
"Review" by , "[A] droll piece of work...at times even hilarious....An absolute treasure for anti-Bushists, the purest sin-and-snake-venom deceit and villainy to pro-Bushists. Let the reader-voter call it."
"Review" by , "Checkpoint is the fictional equivalent of...Fahrenheit 9/11 and is sure to generate the same barrage of commentaries, pro and con....Unsettling and redemptive by turns...a timely and provocative book, and one well worth reading and debating."
"Review" by , "Except for its inflammatory theme — Baker's novels have always been desperate to be noticed, and here he breaks new ground in his sensationalism — Checkpoint could be dismissed as another of Baker's creepy hermeneutical toys."
"Review" by , "[R]ousing and at times repugnant....For a while the talk is exhilarating, if the reader shares the characters' beliefs..."
"Review" by , "Checkpoint is far from a wash: Parts of it are very funny....Parts of Checkpoint are genuinely eyebrow-raising and daring..."
"Review" by , "Checkpoint makes Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 look like a work of Jamesian subtlety and nuance. There isn't a graceful or interesting sentence in this blunt, plotless, obscenity-laden screed. (Grade: F)"
"Review" by , "[A] terrible book....[The] characters and their arguments are so banal....[D]isturbing nonsense."
"Review" by , "Checkpoint comes down unmistakably on the side of civility and political process, not assassination. But it's the book's inward rage that sticks with you."
"Review" by , "Appreciation of this novel depends entirely on one's political attitudes toward the war in Iraq and the presidency of George W. Bush....It is less a novel and more of a passionate cry from the heart about American foreign policy that Baker clearly opposes."
"Review" by , "Baker doesn't seem to want us to see Jay and Ben as fools because they reject Bush, all his works and all his empty promises. Rather, they are fools because they can conceive of no better means of rejection than mystical pistol slugs and puppies."
"Review" by , "Checkpoint isn't particularly daring or wicked. It just feels desperate, as though Baker is waving a red flag, begging for attention."
"Synopsis" by , Meet Jay.

Meet Ben.

Jay has summoned his old friend Ben to a hotel room not far from the nation's capitol. During the course of an afternoon, they will share a delicious lunch and will crack open a bottle of wine from the hotel minibar. They will chat about everything from Ben's new camera to Iraq to the unfortunate fate of a particular free-range chicken.

And Jay will explain to Ben exactly why and how he is planning to commit a murder that will change the course of history.

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