By Nicholson Baker
Emmett has a spouse and kids, a cat, and a duck, and he desires to recognize what existence is set. each day he will get up prior to sunrise, makes a cup of espresso at nighttime, lighting fixtures a fireplace with one wood fit, and thinks.
What Emmett thinks approximately is the topic of this clever and heavily saw novel, which covers substantial distances whereas relocating no additional than Emmett's fire and residential. Nicholson Baker's notable skill to explain and have fun lifestyles in all its wealthy ordinariness hasn't ever been so superbly achieved.
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Emmett has a spouse and little ones, a cat, and a duck, and he desires to be aware of what lifestyles is set. on a daily basis he will get up earlier than sunrise, makes a cup of espresso in the dead of night, lighting a fireplace with one wood fit, and thinks.
What Emmett thinks approximately is the topic of this clever and heavily saw novel, which covers great distances whereas relocating no additional than Emmett's fire and residential. Nicholson Baker's striking skill to explain and rejoice lifestyles in all its wealthy ordinariness hasn't ever been so superbly achieved.
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It seem ed to be shining, dazzling her. A 40 Olga T o k a r c z u k curtain yellow w ith cigarette sm oke hung at the window, and to h er right stood the abandoned desk and the typew riter w ith ‘A N ight in M ariand’ in it. ’ she asked w hen he cam e back. ’ ‘You’re crazy. ’ He p o ured him self a shot of vodka and dow ned it in one. ‘You came half-w ay across P oland to see a com plete stranger,’ he said. ‘You told him your dream and you w ent to bed w ith him . T hat’s it. ’ ‘W hy are you lying to me?
If it w ere still the past, if I w ere as young as I was w hen I w orked in the old people’s w ard, M arta w ould seem very old to me. She w ould be shuffling about the hot, dry corridors clu tch ing a plastic bag. Her nails w ould have grow n cuticles for lack of activity. T hat aftern o o n we drove to W am bierzyce to see the ca rp en ter som eone from the village had recom m ended to me. After seeing to m y b u siness w ith him w'e w^ent to the basilica. M arta h ad only been there once or tw ice a long tim e ago, despite living so nearby.
46 Olga T okarczuk Velvet f o o t T he velvet foot is a m u sh ro o m th a t grow s in w inter. From O cto b er to A pril it lives on dead trees. It sm ells w o nderful an d tastes d elicio us. It’s h ard n o t to sp o t it, because it’s as yellow as honey. But no one g ath ers m u sh ro o m s in w inter. T here’s a general consensus th at the m ush ro o m -p ick in g season is in the a u tu m n , so the velvet foot is like a p erso n b o rn too late, in the w ro n g era, a p erso n to w hom every th in g seem s dead an d rigid; it lives at a tim e w h en the w orld is over and do n e w ith for its kind.
A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker