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The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
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Aug 29, 2011

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Read from December 28, 2011 to January 09, 2012

This work of literary pornography takes the idea that the protagonist (and narrator) can stop time, so that only he continues to move about, age, and work. Imagine what you could do with this ability! Rob banks? Kill evildoers? Save accident victims? Free political prisoners? But all the narrator thinks to do is undress women. Then dress them again, without otherwise molesting them. Or sometimes planting his own erotic writing where they will find it. Baker is a brilliant, literate writer, who periodically goes off the deep end and writes something outrageous. If you can get your head around the fact that his ability is possible (hint: it isn't) you might be entertained by The Fermata, but it gets repetitive rather quickly and you might rush through it to get to the good parts.

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