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Man Walks Into a Room [PDF / Epub] ☆ Man Walks Into a Room Author Nicole Krauss – Award winning American novelist Nicole Krauss first captivated readers with her groundbreaking debut novel Man Walks into a Room a novel in which Krauss explores what it is to lose one's identity and Award winning Into a PDF/EPUB Ä American novelist Nicole Krauss first captivated readers with her groundbreaking debut novel Man Walks Into a Room a novel in which Krauss explores what it is to lose one's identity and what it is to discover what makes us humanSamson Greene has been missing for eight days when he is discovered wandering through the Nevada desert 'ragged as a crow' and with no idea who he is He is Man Walks PDF/EPUB or rushed to hospital where doctors save his life but all his memories after the age of twelve have been permanently lost Now as he looks around the beautiful apartment he apparently shares with his wife and which is filed with all the souvenirs of a life well lived Samson feels nothing than a vague admirationIn her first novel Nicole Krauss tells the story of a man suddenly liberated from the life he Walks Into a Epub Ý has made disconnected from the people who have defined him Withdrawing from a wife he has no memory of loving Samson plunges weightless into the future But when he agrees to participate in a revolutionary experiment what he experiences a revelation of what it means to be human'Krauss celebrates the anything but simple art of human connection' San Francisco Chronicle'You'll savour the last page and be hungry for future work from this talented author' The Washington Post Book WorldNicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels Great House shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction The History of Love Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and Man Walks Into a Room all of which are available in Penguin paperback.

10 thoughts on “Man Walks Into a Room

  1. Brina Brina says:

    Debut novel by Nicole Krauss in 2002 who has become one of my favorite authors Regarded by many as the best Jewish writer since Kafka Krauss’ prose is multi faceted and engages the reader with thought provoking ideas In this first effort one can sense that Krauss is a leading talent of this generation The overarching theme of the novel is memory loss and the human capacity to create new memories I read this on the eve of my vacation knowing that it would be fast reading Full review to come time permitting

  2. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    A Reader Walks into a RoomI bought Man after loving The History of LoveI don't think I realised until I started reading it that Man was her first novelThere were times when I could understand why other readers might be tempted to give it upI persisted out of loyalty to History and out of a sense of anticipation for Great HouseLittle did I realise that it would almost have me in tears at the endWhere Did My Character Go?Man is not a novel of action Yet I don't think it's uite right to call it a novel of character eitherWhen we first meet Samson Sam he is devoid of characterSam's character isn't tested in the novel it's reconstructedAt age 36 he has lost 24 years of memory as a result of having a brain tumour removedI never understood how he could retain the memory of his first 12 years but I assume that it's medically possibleTen of the lost years comprise the length of his relationship with his wife AnnaWe know from the beginning that by losing his memory Sam will lose the wife he cannot rememberIn a sense Man is about Sam's uest to regain his memory his character his humanity and his wifeThe action is the bare minimum reuired to dramatise this uestA Portrait by the Artist of a Young ManThe prose is dry and unadorned yet it is so word perfect for its task that I can understand why some reviewers have called it poeticIt's certainly not poetic in any flowery senseThe best word I can think of to describe Nicole Krauss' achievement and writing style is painterlyShe starts off with a blank canvas for Sam and creates a person we care dearly about brush stroke by brush strokeTo read every word is to witness every move of an artistFor some it would be tedious for me from about half way through it started to build towards a crescendoThe she painted the she joined the dots the we understood and appreciated Sam the we began to hope for himThe we hoped he could complete his biggest project himselfHow Do You Know When You've Finished the Painting?Different readers will predict different endings I don't want to spoil the funThe rank sentimentalist in me would have been content happy? with any of the predictable endingsAnd I wasCould You Please Just Refresh My Memory Please?Memory is a powerful subject matter and metaphor in the novelWithout it we are nothingWithout it paradoxically we can't even say we are lonelyWe can't really say we are lonely if we don't know what we are and what we are notMemory is our way of storing perceptions and details about othersBy defining others we define our selvesThen as we grow and change memory becomes a repository of former selves our past our historyMemory constitutes our humanity our civilisationWithout it we would just be unconscious components of nature just one of the elements what Krauss freuently describes as the weatherBy losing his memory and forgetting Sam becomes alienated from othersHe loses his marriage because he has literally forgotten AnnaThe rest of us lose our relationships because we forget to love each otherA Remembrance of Things PastThe most pivotal action in the novel revolves around an idealistic scientist's experiment with SamHe hopes to prove that he can immunise people against alienation by creating a vast library of human memoryUltimately Krauss makes us realise that happiness doesn't come from scientific endeavours like thisIt comes only from something intensely personal slower and painstakingMan Walks Into a Room reuires a lot of effort on the part of the reader but so in a way does life

  3. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Painful MemoriesMan loses memory entirely nothing to write about; man loses all but the last ten minutes of memory almost nothing to write about; man loses 24 years of memory from the age of twelve an interesting premise for literary investigation particularly about the relationship between memory and feeling How much is feeling invested memory? What happens to feeling when memory disappears? What happens to memory when it becomes concentrated in some personal epoch? Krauss's explorations are sensitive and perceptive They are also highly emotional The last two pages will make you gaspunless of course you have already lost too many memoriesFor a much fuller appreciation 0f this book both in terms of its content and its contextual import see

  4. Violet wells Violet wells says:

    Samson Greene an English professor at Columbia is found wandering alone in Nevada desert Turns out he has suffered severe memory loss because of a brain tumour He can remember nothing but his childhood After an operation he returns to his wife who is a complete stranger to him Soon he finds he can relate much better to one of his former young female students as if without memory of experience experience is utterly erased and he is again a boy attracted not to women but to girls This return of immaturity is also evidenced later in his need to find a father figure and to create a temporary but intense bond with a boy half his age There’s a sense here that Krauss is having some fun with male menopause that Samson’s memory loss is on one level a metaphor for the male mid life crisis – another condition that perhaps obliterates memory and returns a male to his reckless boyhood yearnings Samson eventually leaves his wife when he falls under the influence of a neurosurgeon Dr Ray Malcolm who Samson feels understands him Samson returns to the Nevada desert where Ray is carrying out ground breaking memory transference experiments Thus Samson has implanted into his mind the memory of someone else – the harrowing recollection of a 1957 A bomb test in Nevada This is probably the least successful part of the novel a kind of B movie foray into science fiction Why anyone would choose to transplant a horrific memory from one consciousness to another is neither addressed nor credible Having an unrecognisable hostile voice in your head amounts basically to schizophrenia and it makes no sense why anyone could conceive of the transference of such a memory as a healing procedure It’s sinister for sinister’s sake It’s very ambitious for a debut novel and not always successful Brilliant sections are followed by rather less brilliant ones And as I said the memory transference section comes across as thematically gimmicky Also the huge influence Delillo had on Krauss is laid bare in this novel the desert setting the bomb tests the alienated existential angst ridden central male character the stylised dialogue – all these elements could be outtakes from Underworld There are also echoes of Wenders’ film Paris Texas But it does have a lot to say about the relationship of identity and memory – most elouently when Samson visits his uncle Max who has dementia Samson who still has his childhood possesses all the necessary building blocks to achieve identity and fulfil himself; Max however has been stripped of all but his outlines and is little than what Krauss refers to as weather In many ways Krauss’s vision of identity is not dissimilar to Woolf’s in The Waves when the matrix of identity is established in childhood and adulthood is largely the gradual unfurling of shoots from this matrix Samson has lost his strength but in Krauss’ vision it’s well within the bounds of possibility that he can regain it One of my favourite and very central passages “To touch and feel each thing in the world to know it by sight and by name and then to know it with your eyes closed so that when something is gone it can be recognized by the shape of its absence So that you can continue to possess the lost because absence is the only constant thing Because you can get free of everything except the space where things have been

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I was so intrigued by the premise of Krauss’s 2002 debut novel Samson Greene a Columbia University English professor in his mid thirties is found wandering in the Nevada desert He’s lost all memory of the past 24 years of his life due to a brain tumor and after surgery has to try to rebuild a life with his wife Anna in New York City I loved Part One about the first 80 pages but then things turn strange Samson is invited to take part in a neurological experiment back in the Nevada desert whereby he will have a memory implanted to fill the blank space This whole middle swathe felt far fetched and too close to science fiction for a novel that otherwise sticks close to realism I would have preferred if Krauss had just stuck with Samson and Anna in New York for the whole thing However she wrote well enough even then to keep me reading through to the end and it’s not a very long bookFavorite lines“despite the beauty of Anna the charming photographs the loveliness of his apartment full of the souvenirs of a life well lived Samson could dredge up no feeling for his own life but that of vague admiration”“He thought You come you find a life ready made you just have to slip it on”“he hadn’t lost his mind To the contrary he’d lost everything but His memory his wife his job his friends twenty four years of his life—but not his mind”

  6. Jafar Jafar says:

    The book starts off very promising A man loses 24 years of his memory due to a brain tumor As the book says we’re nothing but a collection of habits and accumulation of memories If we lose those memories and habits we lose our self and start over with a blank slate That should make a good concept for a very interesting novel Instead the story meanders through a series of irrelevant events and characters and doesn’t offer much in the endFrom the few places where Krauss discusses things like memory and vision and brain I could tell that she’d read Oliver Sacks and his case studies of neurological patients as part of her research for writing this novel Disappointingly and even with the free reign of imagination that she had as a fiction writer she couldn't make the story to be as fascinating as Sacks’s real case studies

  7. Josh Josh says:

    15 After loving Krauss's The History of Love I thought this book would at least be enjoyed half as much but alas at a little bit over the 100 page mark I leave this abandoned Skimming a book for awhile and half ass remembering what you've read doesn't euate to enjoyment andor leisure for me I guess sometimes an author only has one good book in them and it seems Krauss is going in that direction for now This will be taken back to the library left to sit for awhile among the KRA's until the next person decides to try her debut novel to see what it's about I'm bumping this up to a 2 star rating because I was enthralled with the imagery and content of the prologueintroduction to the book The writing was amazing and then the book started

  8. Tung Tung says:

    Krauss’s second novel The History of Love was one of my top books from 2008 so despite a critical review of this novel Krauss’s first by a friend I decided to read it anyway I should have listened to my friend’s critical review – this book is nowhere near as good as The History of Love The plot of this book revolves around a man named Samson Greene a Columbia Lit professor who is found wandering the Nevada desert with no recollection of who he is or what he is doing in the desert He is taken to a hospital where doctors find a tumor in his brain likely causing this aberrant behavior After the tumor’s removal Samson wakens to find himself with the mind and body of a 36 yr old man but having no memories of anything that has happened in his life past the age of 12 The first half of the book is spent describing Samson’s reactions to this condition and it is a superb examination of memory and the part it plays in shaping who we are For instance Samson struggles connecting with his wife – the person overjoyed to see him when he wakes up in the hospital and the person who takes him back to their life in NYC to care for him – only he has no idea who she is and he feels no love for her having no recollection of how they fell in love and married nor any of the memories comprising those feelings In another example Samson recalls events from his childhood and remembers his mother but having no memory of her death he reacts in utter grief at finding out that she had passed away five years earlier Moments like this or the awkwardness with his wife – these feel true to form and real and Krauss’s prose sparkles throughout But about two thirds of the way through the plot spins out of control Samson participates in a bizarre military funded science experiment on memory; he spends time in Vegas meeting a random character who assists him in returning to the hospital he was taken to at the beginning of the book so that the pair can steal back the tumor he had lost; he has an intimate dialogue with a stranger on a bus; he visits his great uncle in a nursing home and breaks him out – just a bizarre series of events one after the other And throughout these events Samson is completely unlikable As much as you have sympathy for his plight having lost his memory and wife and 24 years of his life for the last third of the book his behavior turns you off so much that the ending leaves you frustrated And while Krauss’s prose is brilliant in many places in other places the book feels like a meditative essay on memory than it does a novel This was a huge letdown for me after loving her other book so much Not uite recommended

  9. Tara Tara says:

    A fresh fascinating investigation of classic themes of loneliness and isolation Her prose is so lyrical and poetic that it takes awhile before you realize that Krauss has broken your heart

  10. Madeline Knight-Dixon Madeline Knight-Dixon says:

    The entire premise of this books is that a man wakes up and has lost the memory of twenty years of his life he only remembers up to being 12 years old In itself not a new concept However this book distinguishes itself as a truly uniue work of artMoments of this book terrified me Krauss makes this book uniue by presenting a man who after the loss of so much enjoys the emptiness he’s left with He allows himself to experience every moment beyond what someone burdened with memories can He has no frame of reference or context for what goes on around him Instead he absorbs everything in a way that only an infant completely new to the world can He doesn’t curse the loss of himself he lives in spite of itThe book also asks if you could truly empathize with someone else take the worst moment of their life and make it your own would you? If it would comfort them but destroy you could you do that? It’s one of the hardest uestions I’ve ever asked myself and I think is central to the message of the entire book which is what it means to truly be humanKrauss is a beautiful writer She has this way of making each sentence powerful and yet not overwhelming The characters are so truthful; there is no bad guy or good guy or hopelessly romantic woman There’s a man trying to make a difference and a woman afraid of being hurt any and a man trying to understand how to be a person in a world he doesn’t understand Each new character introduced provides the reader with a new perspective on life and the different ways to lead it You identify so much with every character that by the end you almost don’t know who YOU areThis book is stunning in its simplicity and its ability to convey some of the most difficult themes we are faced with in life in a way that is completely new I think Krauss is one of the best authors of the 21st century

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