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In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novelfirst published in 1986 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperbackthe author of Vox and The Fermata 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. Nicholson Baker’s accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style. 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 human experiences.
I had heard that this book was interesting and funny, so I looked it up, and for the most part, it had good reviews. I bought it and quickly started reading, waiting for the plot to commence. As most books do, this one started out slow and boring, taking an entire chapter to talk about the narrator's thoughts on shoelaces. It wasn't until I was nearly halfway through the book that I realized there wasn't going to be a plot after all. The entire thing takes place in a span of one morning of work and a lunch break. This was an extreme letdown for me as I wasn't looking for a 145 page diary of the weird, peculiar thoughts going through a man's head, but instead an actual book. So, if you're thinking about reading The Mezzanine, I am warning you deeply to not waste time on this "novel" and find a book with an actual storyline.