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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  11,065 ratings  ·  887 reviews
Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing new 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
Paperback, 171 pages
Published July 28th 2003 by Anagrama (first published May 1999)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
70. Timbuktu, Paul Auster
Timbuktu is a 1999 novella by Paul Auster. It is about the life of a dog, Mr Bones, who is struggling to come to terms with the fact that his homeless master is dying. The story, set in the early 1990s, is told through the eyes of Mr Bones. The story centres on his last journey with his ailing master, Willy G. Christmas, to Baltimore, but the details of both of their early lives are told in flashback. The title of the book comes from the concept of the afterlife as propo
Jan 07, 2010 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 ...more
Will Byrnes
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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
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

----- ----- ----- ----- -----

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
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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μια βαθια συγκινητικη ιστορια μεσα απο τα ματια ενος σκυλου που αποχωριζεται απο το αφεντικο του οταν εκεινος χανει τη ζωη του.ετσι ο τετραποδος πρωταγωνιστης πρεπει να ξαναβρει ενα νεο αφεντικο , μια ασφαλεια και την αγαπη που του πηραν βιαια..ομως οπως αναφερεται και μεσα στο βιβλιο, δεν έχουν ολες οι ιστοριες αισιο τελος...
ενας Auster πολυ διαφορετικος απο αυτον που εχω συνηθισει.πολυ συναισθηματικος, ευαισθητος καταπιανεται με ενα θεμα που δε θα αφησει ασυγκινητο κανεναν ζωοφιλο.η προζα του
تمبكتو .. الجنة بعيدة المنال، الراحة المنشودة التي لم يصل إليها، لا الكلب المسكين، ولا صاحبة المريض
فكلاهما - إنسان، وحيوان - في رحلة شاقة، مُتعبة ، أملاً في الوصول إلي الأمان يوما ما، ولا أمان بالنسبة لهما، ولا راحة، ولا وصول، إلا بعد دفع الضريبة المُعتادة، ترك هذا العالم الشقي، بكل ما فيه من إنسان شرير، وحيوان مفترس

-عندما يحين الوقت لن يكون عليك أن تقلق
أي وقت ؟ عم تتحدث ؟ -
وقت ذهابك إلي تمبكتو -
أتقصد أن الكلاب يُدخلونها ؟-
ليس الكلاب جميعا، بعضهم فقط، تٌنظر كل حالة علي حدي-
وأنا سأدخلها ؟ -
Jun 29, 2010 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
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, tender, surprising, lovely voice of the dog, Mr. Bones, but don't read if you love animals, too, too sad.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may be biased as an animal lover but the picture of the sad-eyed, shaggy dog on the cover had me sucked in from the start, and the down-on-his-luck Mr Bones & Paul Auster didn’t let me down.

“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
George K.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
Λίγοι μήνες πέρασαν από τότε που διάβασα για τελευταία φορά βιβλίο του Πολ Όστερ και δεν άντεξα παραπάνω, ήθελα να ξαναπιάσω ένα δικό του στα χέρια μου. Ξεκίνησα δοκιμαστικά το "Τιμπουκτού" (που αγόρασα πριν κάτι μέρες από το παζάρι βιβλίου) και κόλλησα με την υπέροχη γραφή του. Πρόκειται για ένα πολύ όμορφο και καλογραμμένο μυθιστόρημα, πρωταγωνιστής του οποίου ουσιαστικά είναι ο κ. Κοκαλιάρης, ένας συμπαθητικός και έξυπνος σκύλος, σύντροφος ενός άστεγου άνδρα. Γινόμαστε μάρτυρες μιας μίνι σκυλ ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

عبدالخالق كلاليب
ليس هذا بول أوستر الذي نعرفه
ثرثرة فارغة بلا معنى وبلا هدف
رواية سيئة ومملة
Andrew Smith
Feb 29, 2012 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
Hameed Younis
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تمبيكتو مرّة أخرى

تتمحور الرواية حول السيد بونز الكلب، الذي يكافح ويسعى إلى حياة هانئة مطمئنة، ومرضية لسيده الشاعر المتشرد ويلي في جي كريسماس، الرجل الذي ظنّ نفسه خليفة سانتا كلوز، وكذلك تتمحور الرواية حول قلق السيد بونز مما يحدث له بعد الموت، في احتمالية أن لا يرى سيده مرّة أخرى، أو أن لا تدخل الكلاب إلى تمبكتو، أو (الحياة الآخرة) التي اقترحها ويلي جي. كريسماس الشاعر، والتي يراها الجنة الموعودة، وعنوان الكتاب
الأمر الذي يسحرني في تمبيكتو أن الأحداث ليست واضحة، وضبابية، وكأن بول أوستر لم يكن مشغول
Orki De
Jun 10, 2017 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
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Mr Bones è il cane di Willy, poeta, scrittore e vagabondo, soggetto ad allucinazioni come quella che lo vuole incaricare di essere il nuovo paladino del Natale:

” Fu così che William Gurevitch terminò la sua avventura su questa terra, e dalle sue ceneri nacque un uomo nuovo, di nome Willy G. Christmas. Per solennizzare l'evento, il mattino dopo andò di corsa a Manhattan a farsi tatuare sul braccio destro un ritratto di Babbo Natale”

Mr Bones e Willy sono una bella accoppiata affiatata.
Poi Willy m
Carolina Quintero
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se han preguntado alguna vez ¿qué va a ser de la vida de un perrito cuando lo único que tiene es su dueño y este falta algún día para siempre?

Yo por ejemplo, siempre que veo a un habitante de la calle con su perro al lado, que lo acompaña en las miserias y alegrías me pregunto eso con nostalgia. Pues eso es Tombuctú, la vida de Mister Bones durante los últimos días con su dueño y su vida sin él. Un libro conmovedor y sincero que te enamora con las ocurrencias de sus personajes.

Cuando uno lee Tom
Sep 11, 2014 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
Mohamed Bayomi
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أنا مصاب بالحيرة , هل حقا كان يكتب عن كلب , هل محور القصة هو قلق مستر بونز-الكلب- الوجودي ؟ لا أعتقد ذلك فقضية الوجود بالنسبة لمستر بونز محسومة منذ البداية ومن اول صفحة
رعب السيد بونز مما سيأتي كان مصدره أكثر من محض حب ووفاء, لقد كان رعبا وجوديا خالصا, فأذا حذفنا ويلي من العالم, فالنتيجة الأغلب أن العالم سيتوقف عن الوجود
حتى تمبكتو –العالم الاخر (الجنة الموعودة) – بالنسبه له هي ليست أكثر من المكان الذي ذهب اليه ويلي صديقه
هذه هي ببساطة فلسفة الكلاب و قلقهم و ليست كما ظن احدهم
ما لا تستطيع أن تأكله و
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knjiga Timbuktu je moj prvi susret sa stvaralaštvom Pola Ostera.
Susret koji je na prvih pedeset stranica bio malo naporan i previše stihijski.
Ali nakon toga, potekla je predivna, topla priča o beskućniku/pjesniku Viliju i njegovom psu Mr.Bonesu.

Nakon što Vili umre, Mr. Bones ostaje sam, te u većem dijelu knjige pratimo njegovo snalaženje u nemilosrdnom svijetu, potragu za novim vlasnikom, snovima i nadanjima tog čupavog bića.

Iako mi je na nekim mjestima zasmetalo to što je pas preuzeo ljudske os
Fatima Alammar
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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تجري الأحداث وتُروى بزاوية نظر الكلب "بونز". تقترب منه، تحسّ بمحبته وقلقه على سيده "ويلي"، تكتشف مزاجه الخاص، تدهشك أحلامه في المنام، وتداخلها مع الواقع (أو تنبؤها به).تستأنس بآرائه المختلفة، وحدة ذكائه وملاحظاته بشأن البشر.

ربما لا تروق الفكرة لبعض القراء، ولكني - مبدئيا- أحببت هذا التجريب، رغم ادراكي أنه اختيارٌ صعب.
أقدر الكتابة "الجيّدة" لأوستر. هو بارع حقا. حين يمرض الكلب بونز ستشعر أنك مريض أيضا، ستتماهى مع الحمى والاضطراب والكوابيس. أقدر هذه الرغبة في الابتكار، وتضمين العمل لأفكار جديرة با
محمود النوري
قراءة أولى لبول أوستر وأخيرة لعام 2018، تليق بأن تكون مسك الختام. رواية مختلفة ترينا كيف من الممكن أن تنظر لنا الحيوانات وكيف تتعامل معنا.
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
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
Araam Bayaani

انتخاب سگ"مستر بونز" يا همان "مستر استخوان" به عنوان راوى داستان، بسيار حساب شده و زيركانه است. سگى از نژادى معمولى كه البته صاحبش معتقد است در حق او كوتاهى كرده، اگرنه، او مى توانست مانند تمام سگ ها، بخواند!
شرحى از زندگى فلاكتبار اين سگ با تمام جزئيات آن است.
برخلاف بخش اول داستان كه كمى يكنواخت و حتى خسته كننده است، زبان و نوع نثر روان "پل استر" در قسمت دوم داستان، نمود پيدا مى كند تا خواننده بيشتر جذب داستان شود.
ضمن به تصويركشيدن تنها
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A nice tale that really reminded me the style in his other book, Mr. Vertigo which I really loved. Auster could have written a full length novel here with Mr. Bones as a wonderful lead character but instead we got only a small portion of his story.
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
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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
“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.” 65 likes
“To leave the world a little better than you found it. That's the best a man can ever do.” 34 likes
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