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The Echo Maker: A Novel
by Richard Powers

Published: 2006-10-17
Hardcover : 464 pages
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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, ...
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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an identical impostor. Shattered by her brother’s refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Set against the Platte River’s massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.

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  "Boring"by Regina13 (see profile) 11/23/10

 
  "The Echo Maker"by clarcarte (see profile) 11/21/10

 
  "Echo Maker"by Koshofae (see profile) 11/20/10

We had a long discussion about what happened in the book. It was difficult and I lost my way while reading it sometimes. But it gave us things to think about. The people in the book had difficult things... (read more)

 
  "slow and boring"by beccadietrich (see profile) 11/20/10

 
  "The Echo Maker"by pamg2002 (see profile) 04/30/09

I'm not sure how this novel won an award. It was very slow and inconsistant. I did not feel that the story line was interesting. A good portion of the first chapter (which was very long) is about birds.... (read more)

 
  "BORING story of opportunists preying on boring people"by kfoulks (see profile) 01/29/09

This was really boring. The characters were very shallow and whiny, and they were nothing like anyone I would EVER want to spend a minute with. The sister in the story (the brother is in a car accident,... (read more)

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