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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  7,923 ratings  ·  600 reviews
Mr. Bones, the heroic dog of Paul Auster's astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out o ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Picador (first published 1999)
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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
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
Feb 03, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001 book readers looking for a speed read
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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
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
Andrew Smith
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
Sep 10, 2015 Petra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petra by: Nathanial
Shelves: e-books
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
Will Byrnes
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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:
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
By Paul Auster
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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
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
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
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.
Frank Jude
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
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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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
Darin Strachan
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
Jan 03, 2008 Murasaki_neko rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Shelves: bookclubs
This book is written with an amazing sense of detail. The style is gritty and very visual. The person who lent it to me loved it, and so did several other people in a book club I belong to.

I think this is just not a book for me. It is written from the point of view of a dog, and is full of descriptions of smells and bodily fluids, and I frequently found myself grossed out. I also ended up skipping over pages of rambling monologues from the dog's master, and the book is so short that those rambli
I should have liked this book a lot more, and I feel kind of bad that I didn't, because what's not to like about a story told by a dog named Mr. Bones?

But I didn't really like it that much, and I liked even less the other Paul Auster book I read that same week a few years ago right after I got a slightly used ACL from some dead guy screwed into my knee to take the place of the one I destroyed doing something really dumb.

Perhaps it was the after-effects from the anesthesia or the pain or the init
One of the most touching books I have read.
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.
"Timbuktu was originally conceived as a much longer book. Willy and Mr. Bones were supposed to have no more than minor, fleeting roles in it, but once I started writing the first chapter, I fell in love with them and decided to scrap my plan. The project turned into a short lyrical book about the two of them with scarcely any plot." - Paul Auster
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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.
A dog's eye view of this world and a few decent folks in it. Auster steps down from on high and gives us a nice little novella.
Aye Melo
A must-read for dog lovers.
I'm hard-pressed to think of a book I've actively disliked more in recent (or long-term) memory. What a mess. What a waste of a day. Once again, Auster attempts to add gravitas at the absolute end to absolutely no effect. His heart was in the right place, but this was a giant miss. If things keep going this way, it's time for me and Auster to part ways. Holy shit, what a terrible book! And I say this as a dyed-in-the-wool dog lover. Cloying on virtually every front. Marley & Me for the liter ...more
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ok weird, Wille and dog bones; Willie dies bones goes to live with family Polly and Alice and Tiger

I'm surprised by some of the nasty reviews here, especially from Kirkus. In truth, this book is too slim and too sad to appeal to the masses at all, and I'm absolutely certain Auster didn't see this as a potential best-seller.
It's a flawed book -- too short, and not completely fleshed-out. It reads like it was written completely by feel, and in fact I heard Auster de
Joanne  Clarke Gunter
A great read for dog lovers. The story in this unique book is told from a dog's point of view. Mr. Bones, the dog, knows that his master is coming to the end of his life. He and Willy G. Christmas, his master, discuss everything, including Willy's impending death and what is likely to happen to Mr. Bones when that happens. They reminisce about the good times they shared and discuss how Mr. Bones will need to find a new master when Willy is gone. Mr. Bones understands all of these discussions and ...more
This was a terrific story. Short book, read it in almost one sitting. Tale from a dog’s perspective of life with his homeless master. Willie Guervich, Mr. Bones’ master, is the schizophrenic homeless man from Brooklyn. Mr. Bones is the dog, he understands humans and remembers things from when he was a puppy and things about Willie.

In the story we start with Willie, who changes his last name to Christmas, and Mr. Bones going to Baltimore Maryland to look for Willie’s old teacher who supported hi
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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.” 42 likes
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