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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184708351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847083517
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baker muses on the creative process via his obsession with John Updike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

NICHOLSON BAKER was born in New York in 1957. He is the author of eight novels, including The Mezzanine, Vox and Room Temperature (all Granta Books), and five non-fiction works, including U & I (also Granta) and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, for which he won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award.


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Nicholson Baker has written a book about John Updike, or rather he has written a book about Nicholson Baker writing about John Updike. If anyone is familiar with Baker's novels (specifically 'Mezzanine', 'Room Temperature' and 'Box of Matches') they will know what to expect - a minute dissection of his reasons for liking, and writing about, the author, John Updike. Baker reminiscences about how he discovered Updike and quotes from his work - ostensibly from memory, commenting on how most of the quotes he attributes to Updike are wrong - which are later corrected using '[]' in the text itself.

'U & I' essentially comes across as an internal conversation between Nicholson Baker and Nicholson Baker - where the subject happens to be John Updike. If you enjoy introspective novels and an insight into the working practices of a living author, or are already a fan of Baker, then this book will be of interest.
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