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Andrew's Brain [Kindle Edition]

E. L. Doctorow
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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 an 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.

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Thirty-nine years after Ragtime, Doctorow is still at it; still ambitious, still sinuous, intimate, conversational (Jane Smiley Guardian)

Mind-bending and brilliant . . . an astonishing range of modes: vaudeville humour, tragic romance, philosophical speculation . . . it fizzes with intellectual energy, verbal pyrotechnics and satiric flair. It is a late-career tour de force (Sunday Times)

Assured and visually striking (Independent)

Ambitious, finely wrought, posing questions that cut to the heart of identity and storytelling (Daily Mail)

[Doctorow] is a brilliant, careful observer . . . he has a poet's flair (Times Literary Supplement)

Assured in combining the historical and grand with the ordinary and affecting - this is clearly an E. L. Doctorow novel . . . For more than five decades, Doctorow has written novels that jolt American history to life (New Statesman)

A sort of Portnoy's Complaint for the brain. Funny, thought-provoking and profound. (Financial Times)

A literary imagination that is still probing its capacities. Doctorow, in his ninth decade, is clearly not happy to rest on those considerable laurels (Telegraph)

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The brilliant new novel by an American master

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DI7HKG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'Andrew's Brain' written by E.L. Doctorow is new novel from one of the greatest American novelists of our time, of somewhat lower quality compared to his earlier works, but still novel that will appeal to you if you have enough patience.

The novel main character named Andrew is a professor of cognitive science. Therefore it is logical that the brain is the center of his interests, someone else, as well as his own and due to that with this novel Doctorow challenged both his main character’s and reader’s mind. Andrew will bring the contents of his brain before the reader, a combination of different recollections of events that he has experienced; while novel is written in form of monologue and dialogue Andrew is having with a patient interviewer, most likely a psychiatrist.

In his story Andrew will touch his turbulent life, the loss of his family members, the two women and daughters, as well as some other unbelievable events such as his companionship with George W. Bush and his close associates Chaingang and Rumbum in The White House…

'Andrew's Brain' is a great example of the novel in which the reader is not entirely sure until its end is this a great and incredible life story, or the ramblings of a demented man who due to some crisis has found the salvation in the creation of an entirely incredible world in which he is the main character. The reader is slowly losing confidence in the narrator and his objectivity although all through its 200 pages while exploring Andrew’s brain will seek for confirmation whether it's really possible that his story is true.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Andrew 13 May 2015
By Gloria
Throughout the book Andrew tells the story of his life to someone the reader only knows as 'Doc'. Andrew talks about his childhood, his loves, losses and fears and how his life has been shaped by his experiences.
The ending was a particular surprise.
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By ms jay
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Read this, having seen the acclaimed Ragtime. it was rather intriguing and good book group discussion material. Short book but challenging and rather puzzling, but therefore a stimulating read.
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