The Fermata

by Nicholson Baker

The Fermata

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Arno Strine, a 35-year-old office temp and aspiring writer at work on his autobiography, uses his power to stop time in order to remove women's clothes while they are suspended in his temporal warp.

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3 Antagonizing Protagonists You'll Love To Hate

Arno Strine, the narrator of Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, is someone you might report to the police, if you happened to see him on the street. Since he was a child, Strine has had the mysterious ability to pause time at will. You might imagine that he'd use this power to stop crimes or to learn French, but Strine (who's at least self-aware enough to lament his lack of virtue) is much more interested in undressing and caressing female strangers.

You'll cringe, but you won't

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