- Publisher: FABER & FABER
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 14mm | 159g
- Publication date: 3 January 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571229093
- ISBN 13: 9780571229093
- Edition: 8000
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 53,424
Meet Mr Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's remarkable novel. Bones is the sidekick of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant but troubled poet-saint from Brooklyn. Together they sally forth across America to Baltimore, Maryland, on one last great adventure, searching for Willy's old teacher, Bea Swanson. Years have passed since Willy last saw his beloved mentor, who used to know him as William Gurevitch, son of Polish war refugees. But is Mrs Swanson still alive. And if not, what will prevent Willy from vanishing into that other world known as Timbuktu. "In this brilliant novel, Auster writes with economy, precision and the quirky pathos of noir, addressing the pernicious ubiquity of American consumerism, the nature of love and the core riddles of ontology. Above all, though, this is the affecting tale of a special dog's place in the universe of humans and in the fleeting life of a special man." (Publishers Weekly).
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Paul Auster was born in New Jersey in 1947. After attending Columbia University he lived in France for four years. Since 1974, he has published poems, essays, novels, screenplays and translations. He has also edited the story collection True Tales of American Life. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"'A howling success.' Mail on Sunday 'Few novels are as delightful as this... this joy of a book... is as sensitive as it is daring.' Irish Times"
In a bold if not entirely successful move, Goschke adapts Auster's adult novel Timbuktu (1999) into a picture book/graphic novel for teens. The combination of the illustrations, most of which are set off in variously sized rectangular panels, and the accompanying text - a very abridged version of Auster's novel strewn about the pages without regard to the boundaries of the panels - makes for a startling collage. In non-linear fashion, readers get fragments of a canine life story, including Mr. Bones's life with his homeless master, Willy; his experiences after Willy's death; his brief, unhappy time as a suburban family dog and his likely suicide by running through traffic. Goschke's dark and gritty blue-and-gray-toned illustrations are integral to the plot of the story as well as to its melancholy atmosphere. Although likely to confuse even today's internet-savvy readers accustomed to getting their information in almost random snatches, persistent readers will be rewarded with much to think about, including the nature of narrative, memory, happiness and self-fulfillment. (Picture book. 12 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)