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Man Walks into a Room [Paperback]

Nicole Krauss
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29 Mar 2007

Award-winning American novelist Nicole Krauss first captivated readers with her groundbreaking debut novel Man Walks into a Room, a novel in which Krauss explores what it is to lose one's identity and what it is to discover what makes us human.

Samson Greene has been missing for eight days when he is discovered wandering through the Nevada desert, 'ragged as a crow' and with no idea who he is. He is rushed to hospital where doctors save his life, but all his memories after the age of twelve have been permanently lost. Now, as he looks around the beautiful apartment he apparently shares with his wife and which is filed with all the souvenirs of a life well lived, Samson feels nothing more than a vague admiration.

In her first novel Nicole Krauss tells the story of a man suddenly liberated from the life he has made, disconnected from the people who have defined him. Withdrawing from a wife he has no memory of loving, Samson plunges weightless into the future. But when he agrees to participate in a revolutionary experiment, what he experiences a revelation of what it means to be human.

'Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection' San Francisco Chronicle

'You'll savour the last page - and be hungry for future work from this talented author' The Washington Post Book World

Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011), The History of Love (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger) and Man Walks into a Room all of which are available in Penguin paperback.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141021152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141021157
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The History of Love:

'Charming, tender and wholly original' J. M. Coetzee

'This is a wonderful novel, erupting with life . . . building to a perfect, heartbreaking end' Daily Mail

About the Author

Nicole Krauss was born in New York in 1974. This is her first novel, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Best Book Award. Her second novel, The History of Love, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting it already 27 Nov 2010
By Cake
Coming at this fresh from Krauss' literary achievement, second novel 'A History of Love', it was hugely disappointing. And it's a shame that many readers who come across this first won't make it to the second book.

If her editor had been more brave the sci-fi hokum tacked absurdly into the middle of this novel - like finding a spicy potato wedge stuck in your ice-cream - would have been dispensed with. (Hang on... that just might work.) And once you've cut the enigmatic desert scene - ripped from 'Paris, Texas' - and various bits pinched from other films - and lose the TV melodramtics when he goes back to his childhood home - and the numerous incongruities that are not accounted for when a man reverts to his 12 year old self but is still 'a grown man' - phew, you'd probably end up with a thoughtful mid-life-crisis short story of perhaps 15 pages. It would be quality, though as Krasss could even then muster the occasional sensitive insight. This is why it deserves at least one star - while at times it's like reading a precocious school-kid's English homework there is a flash of incisive observation about life the universe and - well maybe not quite 'everything' - for that you'd just have to take a chance and get her follow-up, 'A History of Love'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book! 27 Oct 2013
By leluu
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One of the best books I have read. I have everything from Nicole Krauss too.
Its so well written and I read it in one go! Highly recommended!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 15 Dec 2012
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A load of rubbish. Expected something special from Nicole Krauss and felt let down. Anyway is will help me light my home fire to keep me warm. !!
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