Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine
Baker’s The Mezzanine has been on my reading list for a while, and I cannot recall how I first came across it. The Mezzanine is a somewhat tough but great read. Plot-wise, it can be reduced to a single statement—the protagonist rides an escalator to the mezzanine level of a building (and trust me, I did not spoil anything for you there). What makes this book special is the intricate narrative and mental back and forth the protagonist goes through. The best adjective I can find to describe this book is by characterizing it as “Joycean”; Baker crafts a narrative that is simultaneously complex, has a healthy dose of stream-of-consciousness, and is full of footnotes, which seem to narrate a different story on their own. A bit challenging, yet very enjoyable read.

Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine

Baker’s The Mezzanine has been on my reading list for a while, and I cannot recall how I first came across it. The Mezzanine is a somewhat tough but great read. Plot-wise, it can be reduced to a single statement—the protagonist rides an escalator to the mezzanine level of a building (and trust me, I did not spoil anything for you there). What makes this book special is the intricate narrative and mental back and forth the protagonist goes through. The best adjective I can find to describe this book is by characterizing it as “Joycean”; Baker crafts a narrative that is simultaneously complex, has a healthy dose of stream-of-consciousness, and is full of footnotes, which seem to narrate a different story on their own. A bit challenging, yet very enjoyable read.