Traveling Sprinkler

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.95 hours)
Product Number: Z100101220
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781629230931
Narrator/s: Nicholson Baker
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Description

"Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker's widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, is turning fifty-five and missing his ex-girlfriend, Roz, rather desperately. As he approaches the dreaded birthday, Paul is uninspired by his usual artistic outlet (although he's pleased that his poetry anthology, Only Rhyme, is selling "steadily"). Putting aside poetry in favor of music, and drawing on his classical bassoon training, Paul turns instead to his new acoustic guitar with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. As he struggles to come to terms with the horror of America's drone wars and Roz's recent relationship with a local NPR radio host, Paul fills his days with Quaker meetings, Planet Fitness workouts, and some experiments with tobacco. Written in Baker's beautifully unconventional prose, and scored with musical influences from Debussy to Tracy Chapman to Paul himself, Traveling Sprinkler is an enchanting, hilarious-and very necessary-novel by one of the most beloved and influential writers today."

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Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Narrator(s): Nicholson Baker
Product Number DD9549
Released: Sep 24, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781629230917
eBook
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Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Product Number EB00399371
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Press
ISBN: #9780698154025

Professional reviews

"This rambling novel, driven by character rather than plot, reprises the delightfully eccentric Paul Chowder character and showcases Nicholson Baker's talents as both author and narrator. The comfortable conversational style Baker uses is the perfect vehicle for his free-flowing prose in this trip through Chowder's psyche as he turns 55, analyzes his existence, and attempts to set a meaningful path forward. ThereOs as much humor as angst in Chowder's midlife crisis, and Baker conveys it all with the slightest shifts of intensity and tone. Baker's understated emotional range is effective at delivering both the intimacy of Chowder's inner struggles and his self-deprecating chuckles at his awkward attempts to be cool. This is a stellar example of an author successfully narrating his own work. M.O.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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