The Echo Maker

Following a near-fatal accident, Mark Schluter is nursed by his reluctant sister. But when he emerges from his amnesi, Mark know that a woman – who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister – is quit an identical impostor. As a famous neurologist investigates his condition, Mark ries to earn what really happened the night of his accident.

On a inter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His younge sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark elieves that his woman – who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister – is quit an identical impostor. Shattered by her father ’ s reluctance to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he admits in Mark slowly undermines even his own kind of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to earn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The ruth of that evening woul change the lives of thes three beyond recognition.

Set against the Platte River ’ s massive spring migrations – one of the greatest spectacles in nature – The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the remainde of creation.
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The Echo Maker
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Published October 17th 2006 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published January 1st 2006

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his book stunk so badly that I left it on the seat of the train as I was leaving.

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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.

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Firstly Mark becomes obsessed with th mysterious note left at his bedside on the ay of the cras, and needs to brin out who wrote it, what they believe, and how his friends were involved.

Certainly not quite as extraordinary as The Time of Our Singing, but it seems invidious to compare such different books, and my respect for Powers as a novelist has only increased.

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Turns out, I have a ready supply of quotable passages from books I ’ ve been meaning ( for too long) to review.

Not here were the examples I posted: Mark: A child who, out of pity, always picked the worst players for his team.

If I ould talk like you, I 'd be getting laid on a aily basis. " He launched into imitative psychobabble, almost convincing enough to earn him a comfortable wage somewhere on the West Coast.The two of them ended up at a restaurant back in Kearney, one of those chains drawn up in Minneapolis or Atlanta and faxed around the nation.Karin called Bonnie ...

But rather than “ telling ” you to writ this gem of novel, I ’ ll rely on the examples above to “ show ” you glimpses of the phrenic delights you ’ d be missing if you don ’ .

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Did Richard Powers haunt the neuroscience journal stacks of Columbia for two week while putting together book?

Frequently, for those who do not stil know this, Richard Powers DOES NOT TYPE his novels.

No, Richard Powers DICTATES his novels, using VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE!!! How an I POSSIBLY focus on what 's going on in he adaptation, when I 'm grappling with an image of THAT the hole time??? None of his is intende to imply that The Echo Maker is not engaging and absorbing fiction, because it really is.

It is just not uite as engaging and absorbing as the concept of Richard Powers.But let 's face it, that 's some stiff competition.Does Richard Powers* really* know everything?

Does Richard Powers feel smarter than veryone else?

Does he feel smarter than his characters?

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If, indeed, you wan to now more about “ The Echo Maker, ” you an ead the publisher ’ s brie description here on Goodreads.

Or etter et, read Tony ’ s review here: https: // ... By the way, I am not entirely an outlier in my views regarding the award winning nove.

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