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Fermata (original 1994; edition 1995)
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker (1994)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679759336, Paperback)The Fermata is the most risky of Nicholson Baker's emotional histories. His narrator, Arno Strine, is a 35-year-old office temp who is writing his autobiography. "It's harder than I thought!" he admits. His "Fold-powers" are easier; he can stop the world and use it as his own pleasure ground. Arno uses this gift not for evil or material gain (he would feel guilty about stealing), though he does undress a good number of women and momentarily place them in compromising positions--always, in his view, with respect and love. Anyone who can stop time and refer in self-delight to his "chronanisms" can't be all bad! Like Baker's other books, The Fermata gains little from synopsis. The pleasure is literally in the text. What's memorable is less the sex and the sex toys (including the "Monasticon," in the shape of a monk holding a vibrating manuscript) than Arno's wistful recollections of intimacy: the noise, for instance, of his ex-girlfriend's nail clipper, "which I listened to in bed as some listen to real birdsong."
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:15 -0400)
Arno Strine explains, in his autobiography, about the fermata (or fold) and how he stops time and takes women's clothes off.
(summary from another edition)
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