Vox Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex--solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America's major writers. Reading tour. --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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Top Customer Reviews
phone and cybersex.I did find parts of the dialogue unneccessary and cumbersome , making me want to scream out and say "hurry up and get on with it"!.However, it was an enjoyable easy read and did not take long for me to finish it.Baker certainly is able to paint pictures with his verbiage though and it certainly makes me want to read more of his work. This is not the sort of book i would lend my granny but i have urged my husband to read it!!!
This is kind of cute, kind of funny, kind of sexy but not very, certainly not pornographic. Read it once, on your own, just in case there are any bits that really do turn you on; then read it again on public transport, watch who's watching you: a fun game to play :-)
That it's about sex, and a phone conversation, is less important than how it reads. If you like minutiae, if you like the incessant, piercing curiosity of a mind fascinated by detail (and I mean fine detail, like discussions about the texture of a camberwick bedspread and how it feels to your fingers) then you could easily lose yourself for a couple of hours with Vox - it's a short book, you can read it in just an evening. I've even laughed out loud to this and a couple of his other novels, they're largely similar in writing style (though the subject matter changes of course). The characters are likeable too.
You might just find the whole thing tedious however - and that's not a criticism of the book, it's just to acknowledge different people are 'turned on' by different things. In the same way that some people just like the sound of an orchestra, but can't stand electric guitars, so it is with Nicholson Baker. Nothing wrong with you if you don't like him, nothing wrong with him either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A strange book that gets more absorbing as you read it. Tons of fun.Published 9 months ago by Andy Stuart
I found this book contrived and unsexy. Even if the essance of it is an essentially contrived situation, it does not carry it through to be credible. Boring and very wooden. Read morePublished on 20 April 1999