Timbuktu

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Faber & Faber, 1999 - Baltimore (Md.) - 186 pages
Meet Mr Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, Timbuktu. Mr Bones is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled and altogether original poet-saint from Brooklyn. They sally forth on a last great adventure heading for Baltimore, Maryland, in search of Willy's high-school teacher, Bea Swanson. Years have passed since Willy last saw his beloved mentor, who knew him in his previous incarnation as William Gurevitch, the son of Polish war refugees. But is Mrs Swanson still alive? And if she isn't, what will prevent Willy from vanishing into that other world known as Timbuktu? Mr Bones is our witness. Although he walks on four legs and cannot speak, he can think, and out of his thoughts Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in recent American fiction. By turns comic, poignant and tragic, Timbuktu is above all a love story.

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User Review  - eclecticheart - LibraryThing

I should clarify that the three star rating is comparing Timbuktu to other works by Paul Auster. I've often said that mediocre Auster is better than most author's greatest. If I were comparing it ... Read full review

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User Review  - JaredOrlando - LibraryThing

Timbuktu is a small morsel of a book, appetizing enough, and short enough not to dislike. But the morsel isn't fulfilling or mindblowing. That being said, the story is good, and the POV is one you don't get in most books. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone operator. He started his writing career as a translator. He soon gained popularity for the detective novels that make up his New York Trilogy. His other works include The Invention of Solitude; Leviathan; Moon Palace; Facing the Music; In the Country of Last Things; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; and The Brooklyn Follies. His latest novels are entitled, Invisible and Sunset Park. In addition to his novels, Auster has written screenplays and directed several films. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature.

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