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The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
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Mar 25, 2007

really liked it
Read in March, 2007

This is the best Richard Powers I've read so far possibly because it continues to explore ideas that his other novels bring up. The Echo Maker is a great post-9/11 story about finding meaning in contemporary American Life and about what it means to be human when neuroscience increasingly sees the brain as a computer and the "mind" as nonexistent. But that's just what I think the Echo Maker is about because those messages resonate with me right now; you might find its other themes (the give and take involved in love, environmentalism v. development and "progress," the timelessness of nature...) more prominent or important. Whatever you take away from it, the Echo Maker contains some of Powers' best prose-- profound, beautiful, at times funny, and rarely over-written like some of his earlier work.
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Shannon I agree on your take of the post 9-11 story. A subtle shift in the perception of everything around America/Mark.

I also liked the links to the Wizard of Oz, which may have been a social commentary in its time as well.


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