When the Austin paper reviewed The Echo Maker prior to its release, I was obsessed and drawn to his author with an immediate urgency to read him.
First I read the beautiful and opera-like The Time of our Singing and followed with the tender Galatea 2.2, two very different stories that demonstrate Powers' narrative alacrity.
Powers' generous mind and renaissance intelligence weaves the tory of the crane migration into issues of neuroscience and neuro-cognition as it soars into the mystery thriller plot of retellin.
It is easily one of the best contemporary novels I have ever read, along with his books The Gold Bug Variations, Galatea 2.2, and Another Time of our Singing.
It is ombination of naturalist concerns ( the preservation of the cranes and the physical descriptions), neuro-science, dysfunctional family ( with utter compassion and insight) and suspense thriller.
It must be easy to find ilm of any of DeLillo 's books I 've read, but Powers has an immediacy, a muscular story that would transfer well to cinema ( where of course they could ruin it if they made it too linear).
The Editorial reviews reveal enough of the outline of he tory; my intention is to tell readers just how profound is the experience of reading a trilog.
I mus ead his tal for the passages about time ( and the cranes and the imagery) alone.