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The Echo Maker

Powers, Richard

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Echo Maker
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Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374146351
0374146357
Characteristics: 451 p. ;,24 cm

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Nov 24, 2014
  • KellyReader rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 28, 2013
  • ambergrey100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • beverlywnace rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This novel was a disappointment.
R. Powers seemed to be so fascinated with his theory of the brain that the art of writing was lost. I found the characters to be one dimensional and the plot - to quote Coleridge- did not create the "willing suspension of disbelief." Even his descriptions of nature and her creatures were flat. When I think of writers such as Updike or Toni Morrison, Powers' effort pales in comparison.

Sep 02, 2012
  • ChrisMGray rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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

May 04, 2011
  • Cassils rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 06, 2010
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

2006 National Book Award - Fiction

Dec 06, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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