The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker

Book - 2006
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Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

The Echo Maker is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who read it" ( Booklist, starred review).

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman--who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister--is really an imposter. When Karin contacts the famous cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber for help, he diagnoses Mark as having Capgras syndrome. The mysterious nature of the disease, combined with the strange circumstances surrounding Mark's accident, threatens to change all of their lives beyond recognition. In The Echo Maker, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312426439
9780374146351
0374146357
Branch Call Number: F POWERS
FICTION POWERS
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Echo maker : a novel

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KellyReader
Nov 24, 2014

I found this book to be boring and rather plot-less. The characters were so one-dimensional. The stuff about the cranes was cool, and the brain stuff was interesting, but i kind of felt like it was so random; the strings tying everything together were too loose, transparent. I sometimes skipped entire sections that seemed to be telling me little about the humans characters in the story. Not sure I will pick up another by this author.

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ambergrey100
Oct 28, 2013

This is just a great read. Wonderful characters and a great plot. Loved the landscape and the cranes.

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ChrisMGray
Sep 02, 2012

Sandhill Cranes, Oliver Sacks..read at Antelope Lodge, TG getaway / Holly, etc.

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jonahchristensen
Jun 27, 2012

Great start and thought provoking at first but I didn't understand where the author was going sometimes.

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Cassils
May 04, 2011

Powers is a writer of daring and imagination. He is a thinker as much as a novelist and he makes demands on the reader who will find his or her mind exercised on profound issues that are often denied or ignored in this era of shallow distractions. On reading the oeuvre of Powers one is left with a sense of awe that one is living contemporaneously with a "great" writer who a century from now will be plumbed by scholars for insights into the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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GrumpyDave
Nov 18, 2010

2006 National Book Award - Fiction

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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