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The Man Without a Shadow - Joyce Carol Oates
The Man Without a Shadow
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In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives—love. ... show more
In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives—love.

In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes—the “man without a shadow”—whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of the next thirty years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E. H.—and inadvertently falls in love with him, despite the ethical ambiguity of their affair, and though he remains forever elusive and mysterious to her, haunted by mysteries of the past.

The Man Without a Shadow tracks the intimate, illicit relationship between Margot and Eli, as scientist and subject embark upon an exploration of the labyrinthine mysteries of the human brain. Where does “memory” reside? Where is “love”? Is it possible to love an individual who cannot love you, who cannot “remember” you from one meeting to the next?

Made vivid by her exceptional eye for detail and her keen insight into the human psyche, The Man Without A Shadow is a unique story of forbidden love, a kind of secret, evolving marriage, depicted in Joyce Carol Oates’s tight, impassioned prose. It is an uncanny, ambitious, and structurally complex novel that penetrates the mind and illuminates the heart.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780062416094 (006241609X)
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 369
Edition language: English
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Literary Fiction
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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 An Interesting relationship develops between an analyst and her subject!
The Man Without a Shadow, Joyce Carol Oates, author; Susan Hanfield, narrator Margot Sharpe is an intern in the Darven Park, Pennsylvania, neuropsychology laboratory of Milton Ferris. His university is engaged in the scientific study of memory, and its chief subject is amnesiac, Elihu Hoopes. It is ...
Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it
4.0 Disturbing portrayal of a neuroscientist and her subject
Elihu Hoopes is the man without a shadow. Due to an infection and high fever, he sustained brain damage and has lost the ability to retain memory for longer than 70 seconds. Even though he doesn’t remember her from one meeting to the next, the neuroscientist Margot who is studying and testing him, ...
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