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Andrew's Brain: A Novel | [E. L. Doctorow]

Andrew's Brain: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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."

©2013 E. L. Doctorow (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"E. L. Doctorow is a national treasure, and I mean this in a very specific sense: He has rewarded us, these 45 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)

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    Wow! I love E.L. Doctorow--especially Ragtime, and couldn't wait to listen to Andrew's Brain. I was not disappointed. In less than 4 hours Doctorow told the story of Andrew's life--and made me care about him, brought in American culture and politics, and a discussion of conciousness and the question of how it arises from brain chemistry. And then there is the question of Andrew's existence. The writing is so compelling I finished this in an evening. Highly recommended.

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    abbyk wallingford, vt USA 04-14-14
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    Where does Andrew's Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Where was Andrew when this took place? Not clear.


    What three words best describe E. L. Doctorow’s performance?

    monotone (which helped one see Andrew's mental state)
    disparing
    comotose


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It held my attention because I was looking for something to happen or some explanation of how he got to his current situation (whatever that was--prison?) Did he kill or harm the child drawing at the table on the farm? Who was "coming?" Why was he in Norway or was he?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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