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Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers
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May 01, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Vicious by: Teacher
Recommended for: scientists, humanists, intellectuals

Okay, I want to preface by saying that Powers is a brilliant man. He's an absolute genius and that is apparent in his works. He absolutely deserves five stars for this book. But as this is a personal review and not a critical analysis, I think a few things need to be addressed. I was made to read this book in my college Lit Tech class, and before then had never even heard of Richard Powers. Frankly, his writing is a little too rich for my blood. I certainly don't think of myself as stupid, and its not that I had trouble reading the book or identifying its themes, I just couldn't get into it. I think the plot bounced around too much and for a book written in first-person, it seemed extraordinarily uninvolved. As intricately as it was written, it seemed to be written very passively. Powers doesn't really let the reader in until the very end. For the whole book, we are kept at arms length.
Powers is a brilliant writer, and he's a very genre-specific writer. But I don't belong to that specific genre. I hated science in school, I'll hate it when I have to take it again next year, and his style of writing is more like scientific notation than literature for the masses. Which says something sad and scary for the masses. The point is, if you don't get it, don't be too hard on yourself. If you do, don't be a snobby little hipster elitist about it, because that's annoying. :)

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message 1: by Kaitlyn (new) - added it

Kaitlyn I read Gain, the book he published after this, for a lit class as well, and it was MUCH more accessible than I'm finding Galatea 2.2 to be.

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