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Book review: Travelling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker

By Laura Marsh   July 2014

In his tenth novel, Travelling Sprinkler, Nicholson Baker revisits Paul Chowder, the central character from his 2009 novel, The Anthologist. A poet in his mid-fifties, Chowder has lost his way and wants his ex-girlfriend Roz back. He has abandoned “difficult” poems for pop music, laying down tracks on synth software in his barn. When he isn’t writing songs, Chowder indulges in all the low-level addictive behaviours technology can offer. He is a YouTube autodidact, an intensive curator of his iTunes library and a close-reader of tobacco reviews on a website…

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