The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker is well written. The middle was very interesting after a slow beginning. The book tells the tale of Mark Schluter, who was involved in an automobile accident. He sustains some brain damage and fights to make sense of his new life. It doesn’t help that he is surrounded by emotionally disturbed friends, family, and medical staff. There is a sub-plot revolving around the annual Crane migration, but it doesn’t help the story- something of a red herring. The cases neurologist Gerald Weber bring up are more interesting than the book, but they side track the story as well. This is a work of fiction- how true are those side stories? I found the ending unsatisfactory- a little too tidy for my taste. The tone and atmosphere of the book are claustrophobic, yet I found it to be the most interesting feature of the story. It brings the reader into Mark’s mind- a rare feat for any book.

451 pages


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