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Man Walks Into a Room

Man Walks Into a Room A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction hailed by Esquire magazine as one of America s best young writers Samson Greene a young and popular professor at Colum

  • Title: Man Walks Into a Room
  • Author: Nicole Krauss
  • ISBN: 9780385721912
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as one of America s best young writers.Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name The removal of a smalA luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as one of America s best young writers.Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost.Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees.Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.

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    1. Nicole Krauss says:
      Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestseller The History of Love, which was published by W.W Norton in 2005 It won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France s Prix du Meilleur Livre tranger, was named 1 book of the year by , and was short listed for the Orange, M dicis, and Femina prizes Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40 Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into than thirty five languages She recently completed a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Find her here on Facebook facebook pages Nicole

    Comment 712 on “Man Walks Into a Room

    1. Ian "Marvin" Graye says:
      A Reader Walks into a RoomI bought Man after loving The History of Love.I don t think I realised until I started reading it that Man was her first novel.There were times when I could understand why other readers might be tempted to give it up.I persisted out of loyalty to History and out of a sense of anticipation for Great House.Little did I realise that it would almost have me in tears at the end.Where Did My Character Go Man is not a novel of action Yet I don t think it s quite right to call [...]

    2. 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 sensi [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Rebecca Foster 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 w [...]

    5. 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 end.From the few places where Krauss discusses things like m [...]

    6. Josh says:
      1.5 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 equate to enjoyment and or 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 th [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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 [...]

    9. Amy says:
      I m not entirely sure how I feel about this book, now that I am through with it I am convinced that Nicole Krauss is a marvelous writer Of that, there is no doubt But I never fully engaged in the story here Part of that is Samson s fault, though I don t think he fully engaged in his story either The ending came abruptly a rapid change of pace, with the epilogue in a different character voice which left me disorientated Ha Just a note to add that I, too, find the use of this word distracting It a [...]

    10. 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 unique work of art.Moments of this book terrified me Krauss makes this book unique 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 ha [...]

    11. Anda says:
      I was going to give this 4 stars but changed my mind at the last few pages Not that it ended poorly, but I just can t put my finger on it I loved the writing and the poetic one liners that Krauss is so good at But I got the first novel vibe from this for sure in that she seemed to have SO many good things to write ideas to share that she just inserted gratuitous paragraphs plotlines that really did nothing for the story Nice to read those parts since she writes so beautifully, but unnecessary to [...]

    12. Allie says:
      I had to wait a couple days before I tried to write a review for this one Sometimes I find it really difficult to explain why I loved something so much Nicole Krauss has been one of my absolute favorite authors since I first read The History of Love I quickly thereafter picked up Great House and then just sort of put her on hold for a while I suppose, because I knew she didn t have any new work out and for whatever reason didn t come back to this one, her first novel I m wondering if I couldn t [...]

    13. Zweegas says:
      So, my reading group virtually voted to kick me out of the group whenever they decided to move our monthly meetings from Thursday to Wednesday It s okay that I couldn t make it to the most recent meeting because I seem to like this book much less than the other reading group members here on It starts out with a thirty something year old man who has no memories since the age of 12 He has all these years and years of people who remember him and things that happened in his life but he doesn t remem [...]

    14. Gloria says:
      Achingly poignant and sad why do I love books like this I was going to go with 4 or 4.5 stars, but I know already this will be one that will not leave my mind Samson will live in there a long, long time.

    15. Vonia says:
      This was different from The History of Love The Great House, the other two I have read from her More science fiction fantasy Intriguing, actually About a man whom enters into a psychology experiment in which he essentially borrows another person s mind Krauss illuminates quite ingeniously the idea that we are merely a collection of our memories Minus them, can one really say whom we are Delete our history, our memory, we have very little The protagonist Samson Greene is discovered in the Nevada [...]

    16. Sarah says:
      This book had a very interesting premise a middle aged man loses all his memory since he was 12 but still has the sophisticated mind of an adult how does he cope Parts of the novel are very poignant mostly the scenes between Samson and his wife and Samson and his great uncle Other parts really drag and seem caught up in vague ruminations on memory.All in all, I don t think the book hung together too well and I much prefer her other novel, _A Brief History of Love_ Maybe since I loved that book s [...]

    17. Antara Basu-Zych says:
      This book ranks in my list of favorite books of all time The story is about a young man, Samson Greene, who seems to have everything a beautiful wife, a professorship at Columbia University, a home in NYC, good friends a near perfect life But a strange tumor on his brain causes him to lose his memory all except the first 12 of his life So the book starts with him wandering the desert near Las Vegas, mistaken for a homeless man, discovered by the police His wife is called and by that time, Samson [...]

    18. Maggie Campbell says:
      She s lovely Beautiful and kind and what s not to like but why her and not someone else That place just beyond everything she knows for sure Who was I What did I care about What did I find funny, sad, stupid, painful Was I happy All of those memories I accumulated, gone Which one, if there could have been only one, would I have kept He knew she liked him but couldn t say why, and now he wondered whether she became so quickly intimate with everyone she stumbled across And for a minute it seemed c [...]

    19. Laala Alghata says:
      I love Nicole Krauss I read The History of Love mid 2006 I loved it, but for some reason did not hunt for other books the author had written Perhaps I had a long enough To Read list as it was Earlier this summer I stumbled upon this book, and after recalling how much I loved the first book of hers I d read, decided to give her debut a go.I thoroughly enjoyed it I read it almost start to finish without putting it down I put it down just the once, and because I had to I loved Samson, I love Krauss [...]

    20. Garrett says:
      Favorite excerpt He inched towards her until their sides were touching, arm to arm, leg to bare leg Sam she whispered Do you think This was Jollie Lambird, whom he had been in love with since the second grade, and he was ready to answer any question she might have for him But he didn t hear the rest of it because just then he kissed her, a kiss that may have lasted for hours while porch lights shuddered and went out across the neighborhood While stars themselves lit up or went out, stars that ha [...]

    21. Caroline says:
      What if a brain tumor causes you to lose all memories of your life after the age of 12 That s what happened to Samson Greene One day he s an English professor at Columbia University and the next, he s found wandering in the Nevada desert, with no memory of his name, what he s doing in the desert, that he s married, who his friends are, and that his mother s dead.After the tumor has been removed, Samson has to deal with living in a house he doesn t remember, a wife he doesn t recognize and a life [...]

    22. Lindsey says:
      This is the story of Samson Greene, a man who wakes up in a hospital, thousands of miles from home, after being found disoriented and alone in the desert Initally Samson cannot remember his own name, and as memories slowly creep into his consciousness, he gets hit with the cruel reality that he has lost the past 24 years of his life due to a benign brain tumor in his temporal lobe Samson s last memory is taken from a 12 year old s perspective and he suddenly finds himself being thrown into an ad [...]

    23. Grace Viray says:
      Gripping Touching Thought provoking.What if you wake up one day with no memories of the years that have passed Will you embrace the emptiness, start anew or go searching for answers of those echoes of the past that have shaped you to who you are at the present Will you hold on to the people around you, who remember you as you have been, or cut them from your life, turn over a new leaf Krauss, a very talented writer, capable of stirring into her readers such thoughts and lead them into introspect [...]

    24. Shauna says:
      I finished The History of Love wanting to read anything else by Nicole Krauss, and picked up Man Walks Into a Room the next day.This was a much difficult book for me to get into, and ultimately I never really did It s a very internal book, which makes sense given that it s about a man who loses several years of memory to a brain tumor The memory loss affects his feelings towards his wife, as well as his knowledge and ability to practice his profession In the first half in particular, there s no [...]

    25. Amy says:
      This book is beautifully written The book is about a man who has a brain tumor and loses all his memories from ages 12 36 He retains his childhood memories up until age 12 and is able to make new memories but 24 years of his life are just gone I tried to imagine losing all the moments that make you who are and not only having all these personal events occur and not remember them, but also the events that go on in the world and having no idea what s going on Losing the happy moments seem to have [...]

    26. Brianna says:
      I am a big Nicole Krauss fan Oddly enough well, probably because I was only 12 when it was published , I hadn t read her first novel, and this was unacceptable to me I liked the first half of this novel, but I admittedly wasn t impressed by it, as it seemed to lack the momentum, mystery, and intricacy that The History of Love and Great House exhibit from the start And that is probably true it was her first published book But the second half of the novel is where all of the Krauss like rumination [...]

    27. Patty says:
      I once knew an art professor who would buy multiple copies of books he liked He would put one in his back pocket and when he ran into a friend, whip out the book and give it to his friend This is that sort of book I want to buy a few copies and give them out to the people I love.But don t get me wrong this is not necessarily a cheery, upbeat book.I may be peculiar I am drawn to books about people who have lost their memories The first book of the Monk series, by Anne Perry, for example Maybe if [...]

    28. Joan Winnek says:
      I ve been lonely my whole life For as long as I can remember, since I was a child Sometimes being around other people makes it worse When you re young, you think it s going to be solved by love But it never is Being close as close as you can get to another person only makes clear the impassable distance between you pp 124 125 His mind had filled with the detritus of recollection, and then, as a final humiliation, it had been broken into and vandalized no matter how great the desire is to be unde [...]

    29. Emily Mack says:
      I stumbled upon this book at the library when I was fruitlessly searching out a copy of The History of Love I recently read Krauss Great House and really enjoyed it and I think I ll still give The History of Love a shot whenever I can get my hands on a copy of it However, I just didn t connect with this book It is beautifully written but not quite as beautifully as her latest , but the story itself just didn t pull me in, and I spent way longer than usual dragging my feet to finish than I ordina [...]

    30. Jennifer says:
      At the age of 36, what do you have left if you have lost all of your memories beyond your 12th year of life This is the premise of Krauss s first novel, as she explores the importance of memory to our individual identity, and the lonely freedom that can come after losing them Her beautiful prose and ability to develop empathetic characters make this book one that resonates long after you close the book.Haunting and gorgeous.

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