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This book was raved about last year on some of the more American booksites and forums, but I found it a little (200 pages) too long and pretty bog standard, I can't really see where all the fuss comes from.


The novel tells the story of a brother and sister in their thirties, he is involved in a crash which leaves him unable to recognise that his sister is really his sister - he knows that she looks, acts and talks like his sis but he has no emotional recognition with her. Then in steps an overly caring nurse and a famous neurosugeon....


It has to its credit got some gorgeous descriptions of cranes migrations and mythical stories linking to cranes - but I felt this had a very loose conection to the story

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I loved The Echo Maker - a great novelist at his best. Yes, it's long, and the complicated discussions of neuropathology may alienate some readers, but his prose is wonderful and sustained. The book explores how we reflexively construct our lives using those around us as mirrors in which to see ourselves. Powers asks what happens when the mirror breaks or becomes distorted, and the answer is less than comfortable, suggesting that our existence and identities are more fragile than we care to imagine.


Other themes in this cerebral novel concern the ethical problems of medical science and the rise of the celebrity consultant, as well as the way that nature, in the form of the crane, has its own memory which can be threatened by human intervention.


In short it's a multi-layered and beautiful novel that repays dedication and re-reading. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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...complicated discussions of neuropathology ... the ethical problems of medical science ...

In short it's a multi-layered and beautiful novel that repays dedication and re-reading. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Now I'm interested!

*Zooms off to Amazon*


ETA: Hello Twelvetrees, great second post, welcome to BGO! :D

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