The Echo Maker: Richard Powers

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The Echo Maker: Richard Powers

The Echo Maker: Richard Powers

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In The Echo Maker, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.

When Mark recovers consciousness, he is unable to accept that Karin is his sister, obsessing on minor differences between what he sees and what he remembers, illustrating what is known as Capgras syndrome. Accumulating fresh insights into the human brain, the doctor sees Mark as a living embodiment of his theories. She saw that my job had me knee-deep in numbers and thought maybe I’d appreciate more words in my life for ballast. However, there is a solid suspense mystery thriller, also, that keeps you on the edge even while you fall in love with the writing itself and go back and read passages just for its beauty.As they delve into the complexities of the mind, they uncover surprising connections between the man's delusions and the natural world. She looks like his sister, talks like his sister, knows information only his sister could know, but he's certain she's merely an actor playing a role. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. With “The Echo Maker,” Richard Powers vindicates this faith, employing his trademark facility with all manner of esoteric discourse, but never letting it overcome the essential human truth of his characters.

His heart pumps clearly throughout the pages, and he bridges the (DeLillo)authorial distance by making accessible the burning concerns of everyman. It's likely that her brother may never recognize her again, and after throwing her current lifestyle away for the sake of her brother, she'll be left with the realization that all of her efforts are in vain. But I can't get swept into Powers' works, nor do I find them particularly inspiring or innovative or interesting. There was a great book lurking in the manuscript of The Echo Maker, but Powers' editors didn't bother to help him find it.The language and metaphors of the book are powerful and the mystery of how the man was injured is interesting to watch unfold, but the one other major subplot -- the public humiliation of the cognitive scientist after his latest book comes out -- simply didn't ring true. Firstly Mark becomes obsessed with a mysterious note left at his bedside on the day of the accident, and needs to find out who wrote it, what they know, and how his friends were involved.

But it's never really clear why he pauses, or why he keeps going -- it's just kinda the drawn-out, barely-coherent stories of some pretentious middle-aged white guy. Turns out, I have a ready supply of quotable passages from books I’ve been meaning (for too long) to review. When he lights upon something interesting, he'll stay awhile (often too long), pressing into the depths with occasionally gorgeous sentences.Mark Shluter has crashed his truck and his sister, Karin, quits her job and dumps her boyfriend to take care of him. In fact, so far I have liked each novel just a tiny bit less while remaining in awe of how he ties science and/or the arts to stuff that happens in real life. Quando hai esaurito tutto quanto ti offrono gli affari, la politica, la convivialità e via dicendo - quando scopri che niente di tutto questo soddisfa davvero o resiste a lungo - che cosa rimane?

His friends Duane and Rupp, who may have had something to do with the accident, are even worse, something of an excuse for the degenerate path that Mark has chosen in life. We expect — and need — them to tell us of our world, how things work, how against all odds we make it through. With Weber’s assistance, the Schluter siblings attempt to unpick the intricacies of the past and uncover the truth about Mark's accident.Eppure c'è chi torna in questi luoghi, a dispetto dei tanti che se ne allontanano sperando che sia per sempre; sono le centinaia di gru che ogni anno, e da migliaia di anni fedeli al loro passato, ripercorrono miracolosamente sempre lo stesso itinerario, rispettando un istinto primordiale, che si tramandano sin dalla nascita, che le obbliga a ripercorrere sempre quella stessa strada segnata solo nella loro mente, per arrivare fino a lambire Kearney, una intera città che vive in una continua amnesia retroattiva, a incendiare i cieli che si aprono infiniti sopra il fiume Platte e alle sue acque sempre più povere, per popolare quelle terre, strappate con un trattato truffa oltre cento anni prima ai nativi, ora prese di mira dalla speculazione edilizia locale. This man comes from New England to take a look and diagnoses Mark with Capgras syndrome; the delusion that people in one's life are doubles standing in for the real person. Siamo tutti potenziali fossili che recano ancora nel corpo le asperità delle esistenze precedenti, i segni di un mondo in cui le creature viventi scorrono da un'era all'altra senza molta più consistenza delle nuvole. Lastly, I find the style of writing too choppy -- I often had to reread sentences and almost struggle to string together the meaning in a paragraph.



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