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A Novel

Paul Auster


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ISBN10: 0312428944
ISBN13: 9780312428945

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192 Pages



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Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing novel, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.


Praise for Timbuktu

"Lovely . . . [Paul Auster] is one of our most inventive and least predictable authors."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"A novel of haunted love whose themes loop around one another like glowing coils, connecting gracefully beneath Auster's clear prose, eliciting the fanciful and the tragic."—Oscar Villalon, San Francisco Chronicle

"After reading Timbuktu, we ramble through our world with reawakened senses and newly alert minds. This is the Auster magic."—Paul Kafka, The Boston Globe

"Resonant and tender."—Newsweek

"Enchanting . . . provocative . . . The mind of Mr. Bones moves with mesmirizing fluidity."—Peter Rock, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Affecting . . . a moving story, wonderfully told."—Arizona Republic

"[Timbuktu is] held aloft with audacity and brilliant, idosyncratic language . . . Its risk-taking and brazen energy suggest a writer on the verge of an even more rewarding leap into the air of his own uncharted territory."—Philip Graham, Chicago Tribune

"A beautiful memory piece . . . the dark but tender memoir of a man and his canine sidekick unfolded itself as a tragicomic story of a modern Don Quixote de la Brooklyn."—Dana Coffield, Rocky Mountain News

"A modern parable that invites readers to probe below its deceptively simple surface for deeper truths . . . Auster demonstrates a well-honed talent for illuminating secluded facets of the soul."—Michael Hopkins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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About the author

Paul Auster

PAUL AUSTER is the bestselling author of Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Man in the Dark. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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