Synopses & Reviews
In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive novel, bestselling author Nicholson Baker uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one s shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human experiences.
Captures the spirit of American corporate life and invests it with a passion and sympathy that is entirely unexpected. The Seattle Times
A constant delight . . . among the year s best. The Boston Globe
Baker writes with appealing charm . . . He] clowns and shows off . . . rambles and pounces hard; he says acute things, extravagant things, terribly funny things. Los Angeles Times Book Review