Timbuktu, Paperback Book
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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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The book deals with Mr. Bones' struggles to see life past his masters' imminent death.Mr. Bones is an adorable and loyal mixed-breed canine that hasn't known life without following his homeless master (Willy) everywhere. During the novel, in third person, we offered Mr. Bones point of view and concerns about Willy and life without him.The plot is simple, as well as the dialogues and its characters. It mixes funny moments with some other tragic/sad passages. The dog has an uncanny ability to understand human dialogues, and actually tries hard to speak like them (obviously he is not successful). It is interesting, as well as movable, the way you come to explore the dog's mind, his hopes and fears and his dreams.This is no literary jewel, but it is a book worth reading if you love dogs. The final part of the book was awesome from my point of view, because Auster is trying to provoke some profound thoughts about life in general, love, death, loyalty and some other stuff regarding the society and its values. As I see it, this short straight story is just a way to make the reader reflect on some other matters, but without reaching the threshold of fables.I liked it very much; both amusing and reflective. Recommended for those of us readers who like reading between the lines.

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