By E. L. Doctorow
This awesome new novel through an American grasp, the writer of Ragtime, The e-book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on an intensive journey into the brain of a guy who, greater than as soon as in his lifestyles, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.
conversing from an unknown position and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is pondering, Andrew is conversing, Andrew is telling the tale of his existence, his loves, and the tragedies that experience led him to this position and cut-off date. And as he confesses, peeling again the layers of his unusual tale, we're ended in query what we all know approximately fact and reminiscence, mind and brain, character and destiny, approximately each other and ourselves. Written with mental intensity and nice lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel gives you a voice for our times—funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound. Andrew’s Brain is a shocking flip and a novel success within the canon of a author whose prose has the ability to create its personal panorama, and whose nice subject, within the phrases of Don DeLillo, is “the achieve of yank hazard, within which undeniable lives tackle the cadences of history.”
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“Andrew’s Brain is crafty. . . . [A] sly ebook . . . This babbling Andrew is a casualty of his occasions, binding his wounds with thick wrappings of phrases, principles, bits of tale, no matter what his spinning brain can unspool for him. . . . one of many issues that makes [Andrew] one of these brilliant comedian construction is that he’s either maddeningly self-delusive and scarily self-aware: He’s a idiot, yet he’s no blameless. . . . Andrew will not be in a position to take pleasure in his mind, yet Doctorow, freely selecting to inhabit this character’s whirligig cognizance, can.”—The long island instances publication Review
“[An] evocative, suspenseful novel concerning the misleading nature of human consciousness.”—More
“In attractive command of each element of this taut, unnerving, riddling story, virtuoso Doctorow confronts the chronic mysteries of the mind—trauma and reminiscence, denial and culpability—as he brings us again to at least one deeply scarring time of outrage and lies, conflict and crime. Writing in live performance with Twain, Poe, and Kafka, Doctorow distills his mastery of language, droll humor, well-primed mind's eye, and political outrage into an exquisitely irritating, morally advanced, tragic, but darkly humorous novel of the collective American subconscious and human nature in all its confusing contrariness. notice will go back and forth quick approximately this extreme and provocative novel via best-selling literary monstrous Doctorow.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Through this dialectic narrative, Doctorow connects to the typical topic obvious all through his paintings: one’s heritage is usually a conflict among reminiscence and self-struggle to keep up a picture of morality and adequacy. Doctorow deftly captures the complicated yet appealing vagaries of existence in fresh, basic language.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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There was a silence. Nick laughed. “He’s not a poet, Max,” he said. I had never before heard a son address his father by his first name. Max Brevoort peered at me. ” he said, without the least embarrassment. ” He rubbed his hands harder. ” Then we had tea, served by an impertinent maid, and Mrs. Beaver came in from the garden and Big Beaver told her of his having mistaken me for a poet and they both laughed heartily as if it were a wonderful joke. Nick lifted a sympathetic eyebrow at me. ” he asked quietly.
I had no fear that he would discover some new enormity—I have confessed to everything by now, or almost everything—but it seemed imperative to maintain consistency, for aesthetic reasons, I suppose, and in order to be consistent it was necessary to invent. Ironic, I know. He has the tenacity of the ferret: never let go. He is straight out of Dickens; I picture a crooked little house in Stepney or Hackney or wherever it is he lives, complete with termagant wife and a brood of cheeky nippers. It is another of my besetting weaknesses, to see people always as caricatures.
She made the word sound like an ailment. I thought: she can’t be from Skryne, he would never send someone with so little self-control. After a beat of flushed silence I said softly: “In my world, there are no simple questions, and precious few answers of any kind. ” Still fixed on that paperknife, she set her lips so tightly they turned white, and gave her head a quick, stubborn little shake, and I thought, almost with fondness, of Vivienne, my sometime wife, who was the only supposedly grown-up person I ever knew who used actually to stamp her foot when she was angry.