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Timbuktu

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  9,473 Ratings  ·  730 Reviews
Meet Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, Timbuktu. Mr. Bones is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled, and altogether original poet-saint from Brooklyn. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza before them, they sally forth on a last great adventure, heading for Baltimore, Maryland in search of Willy's high school
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Hardcover, 181 pages
Published May 25th 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published May 1999)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
70. Timbuktu, Paul Auster
تیمبوکتو - پل استر (افق)ادبیات
عنوان: تیمبوکتو؛ نویسنده: پل استر؛ مترجم: شهرزاد لولاچی؛ ویراستار: لیلا نبیفر؛ تهران، افق، 1385؛ در 190 ص؛ شابک: 9643692922؛ چاپ دیگر: 1395؛ در 208 ص؛ شابک: 9786003532632؛ فروست: ادبیات امروز؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریگائی قرن 20 م
تیمبوکتو داستان زندگی سگی به نام مستر بونز است؛ که از صاحبش ویلی؛ که نویسنده ای دوره گرد بوده؛ میآموزد که دنیایی به نام «تیمبوکتو» وجود دارد؛ جایی که افراد پس از مرگ به آنجا میروند. کتاب حاضر که یکی از آثار م
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Fabian
Jan 07, 2010 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At its worst, this novella is a prolonged & sorrowful swan song. An existential meditation. At its peak however, it remains a radical exercise in stream-of-consciousness narration. Although reminiscent of Virginia Woolf at her most coherent, it's a relief to have a book that does not require trips to the ever-faithful dictionary. And gratefully, this work is not rife with pretensions-galore (a-la "Book of Illusions" which is thankfully newly off the 1001 Best Books List) and has the amount o ...more
Chrissie
Marvelous book. Look, if you are a dog owner, or have been or love dogs you have to read this book. I don't think dog books usually work, but this one does.

You are in the head of a dog, Mr. Bones. You say, “It just cannot be good!” but I swear it is. Mr. Bones is a scruffy dog. He has a hard life, all sorts of different owners. His first owner was Willy, a bit of a tramp but he had hard times, and then he died. Seven "good" years with Willy, but life goes on.....unless, unless he can get back t
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Tony
Apr 25, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: u-s-lit
Who saw "Old Yeller?" Who cried when Old Yeller got shot at the end?

Nobody cried when Old Yeller got shot? I cried my eyes out.
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And you will fall for Mr. Bones too, as you see the world through his eyes. Or maybe his snout. There is, indeed, a Symphony of Smells within, and other assorted delights. (Some plot spoiling follows.)

Mr. Bones is smart, as dogs go. He knows what you're saying and is frustrated that he can't speak back. Woóf! Woóf! Woóf! He is loyal, and ca
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Shovelmonkey1
Jun 29, 2010 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001 book readers looking for a speed read
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 book list
Shelves: 1001-books
Stop Press!
This is not your typical Paul Auster book. This is what Paul Auster books would be like if he suddenly decided the murky world of convoluted, maze-like po-mo literature was not for him and thought "I know, I'll write a nice book for children." Except this is a nice a book for adults.

I was suckered in by the picture of the moist-eyed dog on the cover and the fact that this is on the 1001 books to read before you die list meant that of course I was going to read it. I'm pretty sure thi
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Mohammad Ali

من که به شدت باهاش حال کردم. اگه ترجمه اش بی اشکال بود پنچ ستاره هم بهش می دادم. خلاصه اینکه واسه من اثر کلاسیکی شد. فعلا این بهترین کتابیه که از استر خوندم؛ بخور و نمیر و کشور آخرین ها بعد از این کتاب قرار می گیرند

قبل از ورود به بحث ترجمه باید تأکید کنم ترجمه علی رغم مشکلاتش اصلا سخت خوان نیست و می شه راحت و روون خوندنش

هزارتوی ترجمه

شهرزاد لولاچی رو از شهر شیشه ای و اتاق در بسته می شناسم و ذیل اون کتاب ها نقایص کارش را گفته ام به صورت کلی. برای همین وقتی سراغ این کتاب می آمدم از پیش می دانستم که
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Allan
Nov 23, 2013 Allan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have had this book on my shelves for a number of years, but despite being a fan of many of Auster's books, I had failed to read it due to the premise of it being written from the point of view of a dog-ludicrous surely? When I saw the book available as Audible's Daily Deal for $3 I thought it was worth checking to see if this was the case, and I'm pleased to say that it was quite the opposite.

As a massive dog lover, it quickly became apparent that I was going to empathise with the character of
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Andrew Smith
Feb 29, 2012 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 2012 but didn't post a review at that time. This book has come to mind quite a bit recently as whenever I've been asked about my favourite books it keeps springing to mind. Must be telling me something!

I'm a dog owner and dog lover and I think this is pertinent given this tale (or maybe I should have used the alternative spelling in this case) is told through the eyes of the four legged Mr Bones. In truth, I believe this book wouldn't have quite the same impact for anyone not
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Pavle
Nov 30, 2016 Pavle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Iako se čini malo zbrzanom na kraju, ova priča nije bliska samo ljudima koji svoje živote dele sa psima (popularne kerovodje; njima/nama je samo nekako sladje, draže) već i svima ostalima, pa i onim jereticima sa mačkama. Ima tu što šta da se nadje: jedan impresivan monolog, jedna stara duša u psećem telu i (nekako setan) smisao za humor, ali i (nekako setnu) emociju.

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Elahe Yari
Jun 10, 2017 Elahe Yari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ماجرای آشنایی با این کتاب برمی گردد به ریویوی آقای شربیانی آنجا که نوشته بودند :" تیمبوکتو داستان زندگی سگی به نام مستربونز است که از صاحبش ویلی می آموزد که دنیایی به نام "تیمبوکتو" وجود دارد؛ جایی که افراد بعد از مرگ به آنجا می روند. ..." و این که " کتاب حاضر یکی از آثار متفاوت پل استر است که از نگاه یک سگ رخداد ها را بیان می کند."
همین که دانستم کتاب از دید یک سگ است کافی بود تا آن را در اولین های لیست خرید بگذارم.
مستر بونز، سگ باهوشی ست که 7 سال است؛ از ابتدای زندگیش؛ با صاحب خود ویلی انس دارد
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Petra
Sep 11, 2014 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petra by: Nathanial
In essence, this book seems to be about society's downtrodden....the invisible, forgettable outcasts.
Willy G. Christmas' story shows the human outcast side, while Mr. Bones' story tells the stray's side of the story. These two characters aren't a part of our society but they have a lot to give and contribute. We just don't see it. Willy's poems and stories are (presumably & suggestively) tossed and unread; Mr. Bones' loyalty and love isn't accepted or seen after Willy's departure. He's at t
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Booknblues
Timbuktu
By Paul Auster
4 stars
pp. 181

Timbuktu is a slim book and yet is a deeply affecting tale with Paul Auster’s wonderful prose. Mr. Bones, the hero of the tale is a Heinz 57 variety pooch who understands Ingloosh and is owned by Willie G. Christmas, who is a homeless bard who means to spread the gospel of Christmas around the country but sometimes becomes trapped in fits of psychosis and alcoholism.

I love the way that Auster develops Mr. Bones’ character. I was able to see how truly precariou
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Despoina Despoina
Aπό τα καλύτερα βιβλία του Ώστερ που έχω διαβάσει, μια ιστορία μέσα από τα μάτια (και τη φωνή) ενός σκύλου. Συγκινητικότατο.
Paula
Mar 27, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Using third-person omniscient narrative voice but through a point of view of a dog Auster gives us an account of a personal tragedy of a dying vagabond schizophrenic poet Willy G. Christmas and his only friend and confidant Mr Bones, his old faithful.

The novella opens with Willy's imminent death and a struggle to find his old schoolteacher to entrust her with his writing and to ask her to find Bones a new home.
None of his efforts, however, yields success; Willy passes on leaving Bones on his own
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Rodrigo
Aug 01, 2013 Rodrigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso. Me habían dicho que Paul Auster no era de lo más fácil para leer, pero mi primera experiencia con él resultó maravillosa. Una novela corta y aparentemente simple acerca de los humanos vistos a través de un perro adorable, Mr Bones. Pero creo que es mucho más que eso. Es una gran reflexión acerca de la amistad, la lealtad, los valores humanos y, en última instancia, el sentido de la vida. Will, después Henry y al final la familia Jones, son tres aspectos de la humanidad que Mr Bones ...more
Eman
Jul 14, 2012 Eman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
در مقایسه با کتاب های دیگر آستر مثل سه گانه ی نیویورک، کشور آخرین ها و هیولا این کتاب به یک شوخی تینیجری شبیه بود. نمیدانم جایی خواندم یا از کسی شنیدم که آستر این داستان را برای دختر(یا پسر) خودش وقتی که سگ خانواده آستر(اسپارکی) در حال مرگ بوده نوشته و با توجه به اینکه در سه گانه هم قبلا از آستر این رفتار دیده شده بعید بنظر نمی رسد که حقیقت داشته باشد. در آنجا هم نویسنده، خودش و خانواده اش (البته به همراه سگ خانواده) را به نحوی وارد داستان می کند که برخواسته از دید پست مدرن آستر است.
.تیمبوکتو ا
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Libros Prohibidos
2.5/5
Sinceramente, no sabemos qué estaba pensando el autor a la hora de escribir un libro tan básico. No es que sea una mala novela, puesto que resulta agradable de leer, pero tampoco buena, puesto que se nota vacía de contenido: un libro que deja mucho que desear a muchos niveles. Reseña completa:
http://www.libros-prohibidos.com/paul...
Adnan Yesilcimen
Yıllar var ki bir kitapla sabahlamamıştım.
bir köpeğin gözlerinden insanlığımızı(!), aidiyetmi sorgulayarak tekrar izledim. Karanlik ve tekinsiz bir sokak arasinda, avuçlarımda saklanılası altın sikkeker gibi gözyaşlarim. saat sabahın 5i
Matt
Mar 03, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this. Not a peekaboo pomo mind fucker, not an overblown lament. A sincerely good story told from the view of a dog and his wonderfully crackpot owner. I got into it.
Andrés Cabrera
Linda fábula sobre la relación entre el ser humano y el perro. Más allá de eso, Tombuctú termina por ser una reflexión sobre la vulnerabilidad y la relación con los otros, sobre la vida y la posibilidad de los demás en la misma. A la larga, el relato de Mr. Bones versa sobre la incapacidad para vivir luego de que el mundo propio se ha visto extinto: en su caso, el hecho de ver que su amo (Willy Christmass, poeta hippie y errante) ha muerto, implica por transformar totalmente la vida de Bones. Ya ...more
Frank Jude
Nov 07, 2015 Frank Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novels
A while back I began a “project” to re-read all the works of Paul Auster. After a break of several months, I’m back to doing so, and just finished reading Timbuktu from 1999. If you count The New York Trilogy as three novels, then Timbuktu is his ninth. And while Auster has been my favorite male American novelist for over two decades, I’d be the first to admit that his work is generally not very emotional, but rather more stark and ascetic. Many of his previous novels rely on somewhat formalist ...more
Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D. Simon_Cleveland_Ph.D.
Are you in the mood for something sentimental? How about a book on the sadness of a dog's existence?
Paul Auster has taken a simple idea to a whole other level of reality and in the process has created a work that would transform human perception of the average canine awareness.

Yet, I have to say the story was a bit much for me to swallow. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs (heck, I wrote `The Basenji Revelation' after all) and sometimes I wonder what they feel, think and dream. I had a dog and kn
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Christopher
It's rare that I feel indifferent about a Paul Auster novel. They inspire in me either wonderment or intense dislike. The New York Trilogy changed the way I read books. Travels in the Scriptorium remains one of the few books thrown by my hand. While Timbuktu didn't quite muster up enough feeling to risk pulling my arm out of socket once again, it certainly falls on the terrible side of Auster's work. Really, it's strange to me that this is even a book he wrote. It's so un-Auster-like. There are ...more
Darin Strachan
Mar 23, 2008 Darin Strachan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I stumbled upon this book at a used book store when I was trading in some older material. This was a pleasurable treasure to find.

The book is told omniscient narrator, but it follows the life and thoughts of Mr. Bones, a loyal and loveable canine. Willy G. Christmas is old Bonesy's master. Willy suffers from schizophrenia, but using the dog as the central character creates a unique way to look at his master's condition.

This book is a pretty simple read, but Auster fills each page with subtle ins
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Kelly Eeckhaut
Mar 01, 2016 Kelly Eeckhaut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat heb ik dit graag gelezen. Getipt door ex-collega Ielse (dikke merci!), gelezen in iets te veel stukken en brokken naar mijn goesting, maar wel genoten en zo vaak geglimlacht. Heel plezant om eens een boek te lezen waarin het hoofdpersonage geen mens is, maar een hond. En dan nog zo'n intelligente hond! <3 Mr. Bones zal me bijblijven, dat weet ik nu al.

“... he had understood that memory was a place, a real place that one could visit, and that to spend a few moments among the dead was not n
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Michelle
Loved this book. As a "special" dog-lover myself, this book attributes all of the thoughts, feelings, heart and hope that I like to think dogs possess as well. Mr bones is a great character. Take away the fact that he is a dog, and you've probably never reads about somone who is so "good" and loyal.
Will now be a favoriote of mine to recommend to any dog-person.
Rui Alves de Sousa
A minha primeira incursão nos livros de Paul Auster deu-se com esta pequena história singular. A mente de um cão vista de uma perspectiva quase existencialista, hilariante e emocionante. Um livro muito belo.
Mary
Sep 25, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most touching books I have read.
Cindy Dobrez
This is a moving and unsettling picture book that isn't for young children. A dog whose homeless master dies seeks a place to call home and to understand what it means to live.
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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“That's all I've ever dreamed of, Mr. Bones. To make the world a better place. To bring some beauty to the drab humdrum corners of the soul. You can do it with a toaster, you can do it with a poem, you can do it by reaching out your hand to a stranger. It doesn't matter what form it takes. To leave the world a little better than you found it. That's the best a man can ever do.” 56 likes
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