A Novel

Book - 1999
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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. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza before them, 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. Written with a scintillating verbal energy, it takes us into the heart of a singularly pure and passionate character, an unforgettable dog who has much to teach us about our own humanity.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 181 p
ISBN: 9780805054071
Branch Call Number: Aust


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Jul 07, 2016

You don't have to be a dog person to enjoy this book, very reminiscent of 'The Art of racing in the rain'. Mr. Bones, our narrator, is a heinz57 dog with a very loyal heart. He loves his master, Willie G. Christmas, and together they have been all over the USA. Willie is road worn and now, knowing he is dying, is on a quest to find his old high school teacher who he believes will take in Mr. Bones. Not young himself, over his entire life Mr. Bones has known no other companion. Willie has taught him many things but sadly, not to read. He tried to teach him to speak English but Mr. Bones tells us his anatomy just didn't allow it. He is a thoughtful dog and his dilemma and how he solves it will affect you. A quick read with a lasting impression.

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