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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:

"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] 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:

"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:

"[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:

"[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 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:

"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

Synopsis:

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

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:
9781400079858
Author:
Baker, Nicholson
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.35 in. .31 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400079858 Reviews:
"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] 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 , "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 , "[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 , "[R]ousing and at times repugnant....For a while the talk is exhilarating, if the reader shares the characters' beliefs..."
"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 , "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."
"Synopsis" by , From Nicholson Baker, best-selling author of Vox and the most original writer of his generation, his most controversial novel yet.
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