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The Fermata [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Nicholson Baker
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  • Taschenbuch: 303 Seiten
  • Verlag: London, Chatto & Windus / QPD (1994)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00186R1KC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest Book I Hope My Sister Never Reads! 3. März 1999
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First, I should begin by saying that my girlfriend gave me this book to read (ordered me to read it, in fact). "The answers to any questions you still have about what makes women 'tick' are right inside," she said, before remarking that she didn't know how a man could have written this on his own.
Now, Nicholson Baker is not only a writer, but an artist as well ("Vox," an earlier novel was also fabulous). His stellar command of the English language, so impressive in fact that I hope some of the words he cleverly 'created' for use in "Fermata" are accepted into modern speech and literature, allows Baker to write an entire novel about a subject that might otherwise get dull in a short Penthouse Forum "article." Having just finished "Fermata," I am still unsure as to how Baker managed to write it. Just when I felt that each phase of the book must surely be coming to a close, Baker managed to take it one, two, even three steps further. And in doing so, he proved that even the most taboo subjects can in fact be funny, exciting, erotic and just plain dirty all at the same time.
For those who accuse Fermata as being little more than stylized pornography, I would reply that you just didn't get it. While I must admit my astonishment that a mainstream publisher actually printed this daring book, I am very thankful they did. The censorship of even one word from this incredible novel would truly, truly have been a shame. Nicholson Baker successfully added a literary energy to even the most graphic chapters (i.e. part two of Marian the Librarian), making this a novel a MUST READ for anyone who thinks they have "read it all!"
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Andy Rooney gets down and dirty 4. Juni 2000
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Ever wonder what a porn novel written by Andy Rooney would look like? Me neither. But with "The Fermata" Nicholson Baker has provided us with an answer to that question anyway. Like Rooney, Baker's narrator is endlessly digressive and fascinated by by the minutiae of nearly everything he encounters: the workings of a cassette tape, the difference between the way a woman sounds when she pees and the way a man sounds when he pees, the workings of a centrifuge. Like Rooney, Baker is a good writer, and so he manages to make these musings entertaining most of the time and sometimes even profound-sounding. But long before you reach page 100 you'll begin to appreciate the wisdom of "Sixty Minutes" producer Don Hewitt's decision to allot only two or three minutes a week to Rooney's ramblings. At book-length, such digressive and destinationless diatribes -- even when the subject is sex -- tend to become deadeningly dull. One could argue that this is just another example of Baker's genius: He has written a book about the stoppage of time so slow that the reader often feels as though time for him really HAS stopped. A literary example of form following function. But don't let this observation keep you from reading the book. Taken in small doses, "The Fermata" can be hugely enjoyable. In fact, Baker is a better writer than Rooney, so you should be able to spend much more time with him than just a couple of minutes per week. But when you're done reading "The Fermata", you may end up asking yourself, a la, Rooney: "Dija ever wonder why Nicholson Baker, a writer who seems to be fascinated by just about everything, has never managed to interest himself in the plotting of a novel?"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing foray into sex and fantasy 15. März 2000
Nicholson Baker is a master at taking what seems unusal, bizarre, or even ordinary (as in "The Everlasting Story of Nory") and make it interesting, fascinating and exciting. What Arno does during his "Fold" time is at once creative, enticing, and sweet. And Arno has an amazingly convincing way of justifying what seems immoral, to the point where I can actually wish to be one of the women he undresses and plays around with during one of his "Drops." Not for the inhibited, but this book is a must read for anyone who has ever asked him or herself "if I could freeze time and do whatever I wanted..."
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Think Hot -- Think Nicholson Baker! 18. April 1998

Let's imagine what it would be like to read a full-bore pornographic novel written by any of the most famous American authors; John Updike's would be explicit but grimly unsexy -- late middle-agers having one last wheeze in the sack; Phillip Roth, who has certainly done his best to pornographify even his most respectable National Book Award-contending novels, has nothing new to offer except look-what-a-dirty-old-Jew-I-am! tee-heeing; Don De Lillo's would be pedantic, full of long-winded mid-stroke ruminations on how sex and love are cheapened by the evil Media Age; David Foster Wallace's would be thousands of pages long and no one would be able to read it.
So maybe it's a good thing someone like Nicholson Baker has taken on this task instead. I can't think of any one man or woman more well-suited to the art of smut than this anal retentive to end all anal retentives. Read The Mezzanine? Now imagine all that loving attention paid to shoelaces and escalators and library cards and the planar interstices of Chinese take-out cartons -- imagine all that masturbatory detail in service of REAL masturbatory detail, imagine that famous love for minutiae being lavished on something worth lavishing on, like, say, for instance... boobs! Well, that was the idea at any rate, and one which cranked up the temperature on my hot pants high enough for me to shell out the baksheesh ( even if four years after the fact -- hey, I was 16 when it was published; I didn't read literary pornography then, I sat in front of my T.V. watching the scrambled Playboy Channel ). But the end result turned out to be -- and there's no other word for it -- an anti-climax.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A tour-de-force of writing, but tiresome
The main character, Arno, has a marvelous ability to stop time for everyone but himself. This ability enables him to get away with a lot, but he chooses to use it mainly to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen kosher ( )
The best feature of Baker's writing is his rapier wit (not to mention his exquisite language). I died laughing during parts of this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2000 von M. H. Bayliss
4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Entertaining
Any male conscious of his daydreams realizes that he has many fleeting erotic desires, harmless save for stigmaticism and inpracticality of fulfillment. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Fastinating
If you're a fan of Hard Science Fiction, GET THIS BOOK. It'll blow you away. Bakers descriptions about stopped-time are breathtaking. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. August 1999 von wookiecrossbow
5.0 von 5 Sternen sublime
I read this book and became a woman who would give her eye-teeth for a lover like Arno Strine. He is warm, witty, in love with women and even though I feel a little guilty every... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. August 1999 von rrosario@erols.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen Unabashedly honest about everyones imagination
I have read and reread this. It is so much fun for the amazing imagination Baker has, which you can relate to, even if it makes you uncomfortable!
Am 27. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Slow starting but worth it!
The Fermata had such an interesting premise, I bought the book solely based on that. It starts off a tad slow but when Arno starts writing his escapades of Marian the libarian,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen what's wrong with a little porn?
i thoroughly enjoyed this book. i bought five copies and handed them out as christmas gifts to my nearest and dearest. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Nicholson Baker: The Kokomo Loco
Like his previous books The Mezzanine, Room Temperature, and Vox; Mr Baker's bejewelled fingers glide effortlessly across his keyboard to produce yet another highly comical,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Oktober 1998 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Read "The Mezzanine" instead.
I came to love Baker's writing when I read "The Mezzanine." The writing is still good here, and the concept is interesting, but the book gets more and more relentlessly... Lesen Sie weiter...
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