The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine By Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine Although most of the action of The Mezzanine occurs on the escalator of an office building where its narrator is returning to work after buying shoelaces this startlingly inventive and witty novel t
  • Title: The Mezzanine
  • Author: Nicholson Baker
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  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mezzanine By Nicholson Baker, Although most of the action of The Mezzanine occurs on the escalator of an office building, where its narrator is returning to work after buying shoelaces, this startlingly inventive and witty novel takes us farther than most fiction written today It lends to milk cartons the associative richness of Marcel Proust s madeleines It names the eight most significant advancesAlthough most of the action of The Mezzanine occurs on the escalator of an office building, where its narrator is returning to work after buying shoelaces, this startlingly inventive and witty novel takes us farther than most fiction written today It lends to milk cartons the associative richness of Marcel Proust s madeleines It names the eight most significant advances in a human life beginning with shoe tying It asks whether the hot air blowers in bathrooms really are sanitary than towels And it casts a dazzling light on our relations with the objects and people we usually take for granted.Alternate cover for ISBN 0679725768, 978 0679725763
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    1. Nicholson Baker

      Nicholson Baker is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non fiction As a novelist, his writings focus on minute inspection of his characters and narrators stream of consciousness His unconventional novels deal with topics such as voyeurism and planned assassination, and they generally de emphasize narrative in favor of intense character work Baker s enthusiasts appreciate his ability candidly to explore the human psyche, while critics feel that his writing wastes time on trivia Stephen King notoriously compared Baker s novel Vox to a meaningless little fingernail paring.

    354 thoughts on “The Mezzanine”

    1. At almost 6 45pm, I approached my house, noticing with annoyance that the bin men had left the bins obstructing the driveway I got out of the car, leaving the engine running , put the bins in their proper place, and drove the final few metres, parking in the shade of the laurel I noticed it needed pruning, and worried that if we didn t do it soon, our delightful neighbours might be put to the embarrassing inconvenience of having a quiet word.As I walked to the front door, I spotted a weed, optim [...]


    2. A jaded, young wealthy aristocrat in French author Joris Karl Huysmans slim novel rebours Against Nature retreats to a country villa to construct a custom made artificial world where he can live his entire solitary life on his own aesthetic, highly refined terms In many ways, the main character in this slender Nicholson Baker book is the complete opposite of Huysmans rather than being a jaded aristocrat, Baker s narrator is an ordinary guy supremely attuned and energized by commonplace things an [...]


    3. As I read battled with was exasperated by yelled at finally accepted was tickled pink by was strangely transformed by Nicholson Baker s utterly brilliant not really a novel various thoughts went off in my brain and made snapping cracking noises like ice breaking It s one of the world s thoughtiest books, even though it s really quite tiny, but they re not thoughts like Einstein or Wittgenstein or Stephen Hawking, they re all eensy weensy thoughts, it s like being attacked by a slow but relentle [...]


    4. Whenever I get onto a train I look for the seat farthest from other passengers as possible If I m going to read, I need silence, or near silence I need at least five or six seats distance Finding the right seat is an exact science This night, coming home from a concert, I enter the car and there are people spread at an infuriating equidistance apart, almost positioned on purpose at four seat gaps to upset my four to six gap rule I walk past a few shaggy night people, including a man lurking at t [...]


    5. The mind is refrigerated by interruption the thoughts are diverted from the principle subject the reader is weary, he suspects not why and at last throws away the book, which he has too diligently studied Samuel JohnsonToo fat, fat you must cut lean.You got to take the elevator escalator to the mezzanine,Chump, change, and it s on, super bon bonSuper bon bon, Super bon bon.Soul Coughing, Super Bon Bon LyricsThis book is a literary scrimshaw of the mundane It is basically a man breaking his shoe [...]


    6. Tantric YankThis novella almost felt like having tantric sex with Sting.If it had lasted any longer, it would have become tedious So, at 135 pages, it was just the right length Nicholson Baker set out his goals and demonstrated his ability to achieve them, but he stopped just before either he or we lost interest in the whole project.Semen and ShoelacesWhat was he trying to achieve As often happens, Baker gave us some insight in the book itself Observe, in short, how transient and trivial is all [...]


    7. THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A BUSINESSMAN HE GOES UP AN ESCALATOR AND THINKS ABOUT THINGSDue to my vast intelegense and uncanny ability to read minds, I believe I know what you re thinking It s probably something like this You fucking cockbag I ve been waiting for a review from you for a month and a half, eagerly visiting your page every two hours, hoping the number of reviews will have gone up from 42 to 43, hoping also that you will have finally uploaded a picture so I can see your handsome visage and [...]


    8. I feel bad about giving this book only two stars Because Baker is a good writer No, not just good, he is quite brilliant It can t be easy to write a book about everyday life s nothingness But Baker pulls it off The novel is written in a stream of consciousness kind of manner, except the thoughts aren t incomplete or muddled up The writing is perfectly articulate Baker flows from one thought to another very smoothly You know there are times when we find ourselves thinking of something, but can t [...]


    9. Whatever happened to predictabilityThe milkman, the paperboy, evening TVHow did I get delivered hereSomebody tell me, pleaseThis old world s confusing meThe corporate environment has changed a lot since 1990 These days, memos are no longer circulated in hard copy, and the stapler is something of an arcane object The world has moved on We no longer lament the loss of the milkman or paper straws who knew that straws used to be made from paper But many things remain the same the implicit rules of c [...]


    10. This book is so good It s about something I ve wondered about and been fascinated by but have remained unable to articulate for almost my entire life how the material culture and physical environment of our time and place shape human experience I ve been interested in that idea since I was a little kid but have never understood how to conceptualize it clearly.At the moment I can t think of many things exciting than discovering a novel that addresses a huge question you ve had for so long that y [...]


    11. It is three forty three in the morning and I stand over a changing table My naked newborn child lays on his back on the concave cushion and I hold his feet together above him so that he does not kick himself or drag his feet through his own feces I slide a new, clean diaper underneath the dirty one, then grab and pull the dirty one out from under him I wrap the dirty diaper around itself, making a tight little ball that contains and prevents any leakage with some unknown combination of soft, cot [...]


    12. Published in 1986, The Mezzanine will have special resonance for anyone of my generation and above, with its deliciously accurate descriptions of Prell commercials, cigarette vending machines, and other recently gone extinct species of our culture As a 27 year old experimental novel, I was afraid the style might be dated, but quite the opposite I think readers today might feel this book s reverence for the physical world, even a late 20th century American physical world dominated by franchises a [...]


    13. I am a child, according to The Mezzanine wonderer, if the end of adulthood is the end of childhood nostalgia as basis of comparison I am a child It was a time it felt like the kind of forever when your mind wanders and you can t remember what you were doing before when you snap out of it This is not a long book before I let go of my old childhood definitions I had a name for the personality type of the narrator Protected dork They were awkward as I was in a way that society didn t touch At least [...]


    14. This is the book for those readers who like a protagonist they can identify with Ever break a shoelace And for gods sake don t skip the footnotes.


    15. It s hard to rate this book, because on many levels it is brilliant Just brilliant Yet, lets just say, there is not much narrative tension and that is an understatement of the century.The writer is hilarious And the character, a complete nerd who cannot stop thinking about the most mundane daily activities that we all don t bother thinking about, is amazingly well developed in merely 120 pages.So, basically it s about a man who leaves his office to find new shoelaces That is the book Along the w [...]


    16. Wow did I love this I think the concept, which is relatively easily understood a man on an escalator has a series of thoughts about life s mundanities , doesn t get across how funny this is, or how insightful I laughed out loud at this book so often the sharp analysis of the pleasures of vending machines, dispensers, footnotes, bathrooms, small talk, cashiers but I equally enjoyed the slow accumulation of facts about the protagonist s life and his constant dance across the surface of nostalgia T [...]


    17. I really loved this book I ve not read many novels since high school, and thus don t have a lot to compare it to, but I think it might now be my favorite book.To give away the plot Man rides up escalator, thinks about stuff That s it no other characters, no rising action, or whatever they called it in English class, but it s still dazzling and engaging Nicholson Baker picks up little details and riffs on them, spending pages nesting digression within digression with the aid of liberal footnoting [...]


    18. I, too, have wondered, based on the handrail of an escalator moving faster than the steps, how often the handrail laps the steps And I had to read the perforation footnote aloud to my puzzled husband trying to explain how perfect this book is, and how seriously funny it is and at the same time how the evocation of a texture of our lives like the perfect description of that satisfaction in the two stage resistance of a stapler creates something that feels like nostalgia, but substantial I had re [...]


    19. The head of the main hero is freighted with such outright trash and garbage that he keeps mentally digesting that he has no time to live his life The pursuit of truth doesn t have clear outer boundaries it doesn t end with the book restatement and self disagreement and the enveloping sea of referenced authorities all continue One has enough time to consume but one hardly has enough time to start living.


    20. I love the constancy of shine on the edges of moving objects reads a footnote in Baker s The Mezzanine and might as well describe the book in whole.This is a novella sized work that takes a reader far without length Baker dives into observational consciousness and swims around just long enough to captivate without going overboard I found myself at times laughing harder and yep me tooing over footnotes in a way that sometimes DF Wallace can t even touch.And but so that should tell you quite a bit [...]



    21. This is the first time I ve read something that really reminded me of Wallace, without actually being something by Wallace Baker s attention to detail is really impressive here, as it should be, since this novel is basically a celebration of attention to detail Ever wondered about the architectural similarities between locomotives, phonograph tonearms, and staplers I know nothing about phonograph tonearms, actually How about the twilight age and slow death of bottled milk delivery Or the inheren [...]


    22. The Mezzanine sent my head into over analytical floptwist the relatable introspection, the crisp details, and oh geez gode footnotes, from up to down to across and back up again Options explored with footnotes 1 Stop mid sentence, read the footnotes, come back 2 finish the tangent, go back and read the footnotes 3 screw these footnotes But I never chose option 3 for fear that I might miss something crucial, regarding broken shoelaces, the buoyancy of paper straws, whistling in the men s room, or [...]


    23. This book is simply dull Its gimmick is that it documents the random thoughts passing through its narrator s head during a completely uneventful lunch hour I knew before starting that the book was essentially plotless, but I had hoped, rashly, that it wouldn t also be pointless The narrator witters on about the patterns of wear on his shoelaces, the varieties of escalator experience, and how he puts on his socks None of it is particularly interesting, none of it has any kind of unifying theme or [...]


    24. WHAT a refreshing read Written from a unique point of view that rarely makes an appearance in literature As much as I enjoyed the little idiosyncracies, sadly it just wasn t my cup of tea.


    25. Quite a brilliant little book, but possibly only because the author seems to live inside his own head as much as I do What happens here is 120 pages of one man going to get shoelaces on his lunch break and coming back to the office That s it That s all that happens The rest is commentary on just about every mundane activity that could possibly happen on such an adventure If you re already saying to yourself, oh, one of THOSE books, bail out now This isn t for you And I certainly can t blame you. [...]


    26. Nicholson Baker s novels are examples of of trying to imbue the minute trivialities of modern life with unseen philosophical and personal significance Exhibiting an affinity for minutiae and ponderous disquisition, he is noted for transforming otherwise banal human activities into finely wrought descriptions of thought and serious consideration His technique of extreme magnification and loitering contemplation has been described as creating a clogging effect in his fiction, thus slowing narrativ [...]


    27. This is a little gem, with a few laughs, and the character s attention to the seemingly insignificant details during a work day are rendered significant, making your own feel not only worthy of contemplating and savoring, but necessary Manifestly, no condition of life could be so well adapted for the practice of philosophy as this in which chance finds you today As he says, upon leaving a job, your focus is upended, such that where mostly you felt the importance was the work and job itself, sudd [...]


    28. The Mezzanine s obsessive protagonist appeals to my post grad, corporate working self who also spends most of my working hours meditating over trivial shits including writing this review I particularly enjoyed the Aurelius references and self aware footnote abuse The elevator, possibly the most important motif, reminds me of Rem Koolhaas The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping Harvard Design School Project on the City 2 where he details the dictation of spatial temporal experience through mu [...]


    29. Let s just say, this was the longest 135 page book I ve ever read I knew going in that it was a stream of consciousness, footnote heavy, type of ramble I m okay with that style, and I even relate to it If I were to write a book, I d certainly want to go off on tangents and riff about random things But, I just didn t connect with the mind that was being presented here This could be misconstrued, but there was something so male about the author s thought process Or, at least, that s how it struck [...]


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