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 end we see what Powers, with his beautiful language and broad reach, always wishes to have us see: the eternal mystery of human personality and how it functions in the extreme drama of the modern world. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman — who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister — is really an impostor.

Per cercare di capire cosa possa spingere qualcuno in una gelida notte di febbraio a mettersi al volante del proprio furgone e lanciarlo a velocità folle lungo la North Line nei pressi di Kearney, Nebraska, consiglio di aprire Google Maps, e poi Street View, e guardare la North Line, prima, Kearney, poi, e infine iniziare a spostarsi lungo quelle strade che si susseguono geometricamente e ortogonalmente nei centri abitati, che di centro hanno veramente poco, per perdersi nel nulla che da Kearney, lungo la North Line, attraversa il Nebraska, fino a fuggirne per centinaia di miglia che, sempre uguali a se stesse, sembrano non portare mai da nessuna parte, in quelle settimane di aria sottozero incrostata di neve, i venti che si riversavano dal Dakota senza niente a rallentarli per centinaia di chilometri. When Mark regains consciousness, he insists that Karin is not his real sister and treats her as an impostor. The characters all seem like such mindless puppets, controlled by the whims of Powers' banal imagination and what he thinks their "type" should be doing within the story. The Echo Maker" is a compelling exploration of memory, identity, and the mysteries of the brain, and it won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2006. But, also, I jumped onto the Internet a few times to check out some thoughts and, in doing so, uncovered some other ideas about the book which then informed my reading as it progressed.The best parts of this book were those written from the perspective of a character with severe traumatic brain injury. He has been a slacker most of his life but due to his first steady job in a meatpacking facility, he has managed to purchase a mobile home at the age of 27. He gets “brainy,” and earns it, introducing his readers, across his nine novels, to the intricacies of Watson and Crick, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the ins and outs of making a good bar of soap.

Domnul Powers este foarte ambițios ṣi îi plac spațiile întinse, dar eu m-am rãtãcit cu succes pe acolo. To ensure all information is accurate and of value to you, we’ve designed a production system and a content review process that keeps this content close to the source and as factual as possible. As an obvious corollary to that suspicion, I also suspect that consciousness as the substrate for subjectivity does not exist outside the realm of nervous system function or its nonbiological equivalent, if there is any. Accumulating fresh insights into the human brain, the doctor sees Mark as a living embodiment of his theories. How can I POSSIBLY focus on what's going on in the novel, when I'm grappling with an image of THAT the whole time?And I said, "Yeah, I kind of wanted to leave my book, in hopes that someone else would come along and not hate it as much as I did. His circumstances are so extraordinary, in fact, that they catch the attention of famous neurologist Gerald Weber. So in The Echo Maker, some of the sentences (and images) are certainly gorgeous -- but everything surrounding them is convoluted and frustrating. I liked this book for its study of the human brain at different zoom levels; from the evolutionary scale of millions of years, our reptilian brain and deep-rooted animal instincts connecting us to the cranes, the intriguing species Powers has chosen to present his case. On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident.

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