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ISBN: 0792744837 / ISBN-13: 9780792744832

The Echo Maker

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On a winter night on a remote road in Nebraska, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter's truck turns over in a near fatal accident. His older sister, ... Show synopsis

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  • The Echo Maker (Sound Library) – Audiobook CD (2006)
    by Richard Powers, Bernadette Dunne (Narrator)

    The Echo Maker
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    Audiobook CD, Sound Library
    2006
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    ISBN: 0792744837
    ISBN-13: 9780792744832

    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, returns to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, Mark believes that this woman is really an impostor who looks just like his sister. Shattered, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, who 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 ... Show more

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Reviews of The Echo Maker

Overall customer rating: 3.000
Beanie3

A Novel in Two Parts

by Beanie3 on May 7, 2011

There's a good book buried in the padding here. The story of a bizarre brain injury is gripping and a good mystery is buried in it - when will the truth about the accident be revealed and what effect will it have on the relationships at the heart of the story? The crane sanctuary and lyrical descriptions of the natural world belong in another book altogether.

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greebs

An interesting, informative read

by greebs on Jan 14, 2009

The book centers around Mark Schluter, a man in his late 20s who flips his truck in the middle of the night. His sister Karin races back home to care for him - and Mark makes it out of surgery. However, when he regains consciousness, he believes that the woman helping him is NOT his sister, but an impostor. What Mark is suffering from, apparently due to the injury, is something called Capgras Delusion, or Capgras syndrome. This rare happenstance causes no shortage of emotional pain for Karin, and she seeks help everywhere, including from a noted author who writes about rare brain syndromes such as this. The book has a few minor mysteries, some of which are quite well revealed and others which I didn't care as much about. Author Richard Powers does a nice job of writing from several perspectives: Karin, the doctor, and most interestingly, Mark the patient. He is a very talented writer, and his prose is both lyrical and modern, and it's a pleasure to read. While the book rarely captivated me, I enjoyed it quite a bit and would definitely recommend it.

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AnnieB

Writing gets in the way of the story

by AnnieB on Dec 20, 2007

No one in our book club really liked this book; even the discussion leader didn't finish it. The writing was too technical, the writer seemingly too impressed with his own writing skills. As Nebraskans, we identified with the winter scenes, but not with the characters. We also identified with the writer's fascination with the cranes. We had a good discussion about the plots, sub-plots and symbolism. Still, the general consensus was that the medical descriptions and even poetic descriptions interfered with the major theme of the book: trust in relationships.

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