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Andrew's Brain - E.L. Doctorow
Andrew's Brain
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This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.   Speaking from an unknown place and to an... show more
This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.   Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves. Written with psychological depth and great lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel delivers a voice for our times—funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound. Andrew’s Brain is a surprising turn and a singular achievement in the canon of a writer whose prose has the power to create its own landscape, and whose great topic, in the words of Don DeLillo, is “the reach of American possibility, in which plain lives take on the cadences of history.”   Praise for E. L. Doctorow   “On every level, [Doctorow’s] work is powerful. . . . His sensitivity to language is perfectly balanced, and complemented by a gigantic vision.”—Jennifer Egan   “E. L. Doctorow is a national treasure, and I mean this in a very specific sense: He has rewarded us, these forty-five years, with a vision of ourselves, as a people, a vision possessed of what I might call ‘aspirational verve’—he sees us clearly and tenderly, just as we are, but also sees past that—to what we might, at our best, become.”—George Saunders   “[His great topic is] the reach of American possibility, in which plain lives take on the cadences of history. . . . Doctorow’s prose tends to create its own landscape, and to become a force that works in opposition to the power of social reality.”—Don DeLillo   “A writer of dazzling gifts and boundless imaginative energy.”—Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker   “One of our greatest living writers . . . a virtuosic storyteller with enormous range.”—People   “Doctorow is a magician. . . . His prose is dazzling.”—Vogue
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068814 (1400068819)
ASIN: 1400068819
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
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Denise
Denise rated it
0.5 Andrew's Brain
We're all Pretenders, Doctor, even you. Especially you. Why are you smiling? Pretending is the brain's work. It's what it does. The brain can even pretend not to be itself. There has got to be someone somewhere that will love this book but unfortunately I am not that person. Immediately when I fini...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
0.0 It was interesting, but didn't seem to have much of a purpose, other than perhaps that we are all prisoners of our own minds!
I listened to this audio in one sitting, trying to understand it. It was short, just over three hours. I replayed several parts over and over, trying to understand the point. I fear I missed some of it. A man is speaking to what appears to be a psychiatrist, but could just as easily have been an ima...
Chew & Digest Books
Chew & Digest Books rated it
0.0 Andrew's Brain
One of my most painful to listen to audiobooks ever and it wasn't the narrator. The blurb says "we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves." and the book did none of this for me. It left me wanting to smack Andrew...
lindseylallensackellis
lindseylallensackellis rated it
3.0
I received this book as a part of a Goodreads giveaway. I was intrigued by the premise of Andrew’s Brain. I have been trying to expand my literature intake and Andrew’s Brain definitely fit the criteria for me. The first fifty or so pages I struggled and I mean struggled to get through (you can see ...
LitReactor
LitReactor rated it
4.5 BOOKSHOTS: ' Andrew's Brain' by EL Doctorow
Title: Andrew's Brain Who wrote it? E.L. Doctorow, the man behind such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. Plot in a box: The title isn't misleading. Andrew's Brain is told entirely in conversation, from the perspective of the titular character as he relates stories, memories...
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