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Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel by [Baker, Nicholson]
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From Publishers Weekly

Paul Chowder, the rambling protagonist of The Anthologist, returns in Baker's less successful latest. Between trips to Planet Fitness and disquisitions on subjects such as dance music and automobile maintenance, Chowder dwells on drones and other topics of a geopolitical nature. From lamenting his own inability to find (or keep) a girlfriend to decrying the truly evil nature of global agriculture industry giant Monsanto, Chowder hurls out his grievances in a gushing, sorrowful soliloquy while striving to reinvent himself by rekindling his old musical aspirations and buying himself a cheap guitar at Best Buy for his birthday. Though the stream-of-consciousness narrative wears thin, the character of Chowder—epic loser and literary striver—feels very real and is almost endearing. He is a study in contemporary dislocation, unable though he is to make any sense of his own condition. But that's fine; for all Chowder really craves, like the homeless guy on the corner, is an audience he can chirp at for the duration: Hey, Junior Birdmen. I'm Paul Chowder and I'm here in the blindingness of noon near the chicken hut talking to you about the things that need to be talked about. You know what they are. Agent: Melanie Jackson, Melanie Jackson Agency. (Sept.)

From Booklist

Adventurous novelist and essayist Baker (The Way the World Works, 2012) rejoins the eccentric, romantic, and hapless New Hampshire poet Paul Chowder, first met in The Anthologist (2009). Paul finally finished his anthology, but he still pines for his lover, Roz, who is now involved with a doctor. Paul is supposed to be writing a new book of poems, but instead he’s taking care of his neighbor’s chickens, smoking cigars, attending Quaker meetings, pondering killer drones, and attempting to write songs—goofy love songs, feeble protest songs. A bassoonist in his youth, Paul returns to music with quirky intent, trailing off into hilariously opinionated disquisitions and buying recording equipment he can ill afford and with which he becomes obsessed, just as he cherishes his vintage traveling sprinklers. Paul himself is such a gadget, showering us with a whirling cascade of consciousness as he traces his circling days, his meandering thoughts, always coming back to Roz, and to hope. Baker’s endearingly comedic, covertly philosophical love story, spiked with intriguing—even alarming—little-known facts, mischievously celebrates song and silence, steadfastness and loving-kindness. --Donna Seaman

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  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399160965
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQV7QB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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