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Man Walks Into a Room Paperback – November 11, 2003
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Samson Greene, a married college professor 36 years old and living in NYC, is found wandering in the desert outside of Las Vegas. He is disoriented, doesn't know who he is or from whence he came. In the hospital he is found to have a brain tumor, which, after removal, leaves him without 24 years of his memories. His wife Anna rushes to his side of course, but he does not recognize her: "He could not absorb everything she was trying to tell him. When she told him that his mother had died he felt it like the clean break of a bone and a sound came from him that he did not recognize. When he was too exhausted to weep any more he lay in silence, all his being drained to the flat line of the heart stilled."
Anna takes Samson home to New York and they try to reconvene their marriage but it is not easy: "You don't know. You don't know! She (Anna) shouted...I still love you. I've lost you and yet you're still here. To taunt me..."
Krauss or Samson really, refers back again and again throughout the novel to the loss of his mother: "It was as if he had been sleeping when she died, or worse laughing his head off at a party. It had always been the two of them; it was as if he had closed his eyes and then, when he opened them, he was old and she was gone.Read more ›
That is what separates this book from the greatness achieved by other postmodern authors--ex: DeLillo, Nabokov, Roth. Their plots may naturally suggest the same questions of authenticity and reality, and they may refuse the patent plot line (exposition, rising action, conflict, resolution), they may even write self-consciously, breaking the plane between writer and audience. But, unlike Krauss in this effort, they have achieved those objectives without forcing the reader into that dialogue. In particular, Krauss' pretentious (or idealistic, arguably) poetic tendencies are always nagging at the reader, at times driving him away from plot to make note of the language. Language must serve a writer like a waiter at a fine restaurant--always filling your glass, but doing so without instrusion. Krauss' language is more like the waitress at T.G.I. Friday's: too much flair.
"The Last Words on Earth" (you can find it by googling Krauss and the title; it's available on a New Yorker archived page), is nothing short of breathtaking. Krauss has the reader running after the plot, caught between the enjoyment of what one is reading at the time and the anticipation of what the next sentence brings, and flipping forward to ensure that the story, the pleasure, will not end too quickly. It is elegant, rather than ostentatious.Read more ›
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I'm not a huge fan of this book. I thought that it was slow and hard to get into, though I did like the main character's voice very much. I probably would read something else. Read morePublished 1 month ago by I Laugh At Fart Jokes
I've read other work by Nicole Krauss, and I'm a huge fan her work, but this book fell flat for me. It is a book that while reading felt like a great writer was in there, working... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Bridges
That's a book that drives you to several "what if?" Questions.
Guides you from grieving to hope.
Keeps you sad and wondering.
Beautiful, couldn't put it down. A poignant memorable story about memory & identity. Can't wait for more from the author!Published 14 months ago by Michael Stoller
I kept reading thinking something more was coming. But it just didn't happen. It was still a good book and I enjoyed story but was expecting more d suspense.Published 18 months ago by Belle
Lacked passion. Perhaps that was the intent. To describe his emptiness. It was hard to empathize with the hero. Liked the uncle. Read morePublished 20 months ago by s.k.boscov
I had high hopes for this book based on the back cover text. It doesn't achieve what it set out to do. Read morePublished 22 months ago by RT