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The echoes of a good narrative?
, 10 April 2007
This review is from: The Echo Maker (Hardcover)
As a true fan of psychological reading I must have been among the first ones to have ordered the hardcopy from Amazon only to find myself surprisingly disappointed even after having read only the first few chapters. I struggled till the very end not giving up, but there was hardly anything to prove my first impressions wrong. A few thought-provoking but too well known neurological facts scattered across an obscure and dull narrative, some speculations over a handful of other popular ideas e.g. ecological crisis, overpopulation, pressures of modern life etc. (well-done, but not too persuasive), a couple of in-built lectures to throw in the face of the reader more "gripping" facts (is it some mocking of Dan Brown?). No matter how hard I tried I could not feel the author's sincerity or his genuine interest in the ideas he is writing about. It is a decent piece of writing, well thought-through, well structured, and full of "correct" ideas, but just has no sense of direction, no soul. Probably that was the whole idea though - to convey the pointlessness of modern-day life and tell us once again that we are going nowhere? Please, not again. If you want to try, go ahead, but go for a cheap paperback and don't forget to recycle it.
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