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A Box of Matches de Nicholson Baker
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A Box of Matches (2003 original; edició 2004)

de Nicholson Baker

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Both funny and serious, this novel recounts what is really going on in the head of domesticated mid-life man. As he gets up earlier and earlier each day, he rummages through the thoughts which crowd his head and preoccupy him: love and marriage, firelighters and suicide, and ant-farms.
Membre:drumcondra
Títol:A Box of Matches
Autors:Nicholson Baker
Informació:Vintage (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 192 pages
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Etiquetes:Fiction, American

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A Box of Matches stands as a brilliant example of the urge to write in the face of the quotidian. But author Nicholson Baker turns mundane activity into deep imaginative realms and far-fetched speculations: an inchoate blaze in a fireplace becomes a far-off corner of a violent universe; a burning Quaker Oats box becomes a coastal British fort. Such are the pathways of Baker’s mind and observations. And they prove once again that it’s not the subject matter that counts in fiction, it’s the way the subject matter is presented. For me, Baker has yet to disappoint. Far from it.

He greets us each morning with the time and sometimes adds an observation about the weather. It’s winter in the Northeast of the U.S., so cold and snow occupy the land and lives. And because cold is a factor, our narrator builds a fire in the fireplace each morning, and he uses a box of strike-anywhere matches during the course of the book. The business of this novel is the minutiae of daily life. But far from boring, Baker leavens his prose with not only thought-provoking observations, but takes journeys out over the town, the landscape, and the history of his area, to destinations philosophic and speculative.

I love Nicholson Baker’s work. He makes startling and original revelations about everyday objects and activities, and in his hands these ordinary things and events take on a mysticism, an inherently more meaningful and illuminative existence. A Box of Matches is no exception, and I urge you to take it up and be charmed with very little investment in time. ( )
  LukeS | Feb 17, 2020 |
I gave Nick "A Bitch in the House", telling him, "This is what women think about." He gave me "A Box of Matches" saying, "This is what men think about." :) It explained a lot. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Like a toned-down, domestic version of Mezzanine. Set off my twee alarm. Still pretty good. ( )
  triphopera | Apr 14, 2018 |
A rather enjoyable narrative of the minutiae of life. It both meant something and didnt all tat the same time. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
A middle-aged man with a wife, two kids, and pet duck Greta, decides to wake up a few hours earlier each morning, light a fire, and think about his life. Basically, this book is about nothing, and about everything, as he follows his meditations whither they take him. Here for example his thoughts on train horns:

I would like to visit the factory that makes
train horns, and ask them how they are able to
arrive at that chord of eternal mournfulness.
Is it deliberately sad? Are the horns saying,
Be careful, stay away from this train or it will
run you over, and then people will grieve, and
their grief will be the inconsolable wail of this
horn through the night?

This is a quiet, gentle and whimsical book ( )
  arubabookwoman | Feb 24, 2016 |
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Both funny and serious, this novel recounts what is really going on in the head of domesticated mid-life man. As he gets up earlier and earlier each day, he rummages through the thoughts which crowd his head and preoccupy him: love and marriage, firelighters and suicide, and ant-farms.

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