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Generosity Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848871252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871250
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,847,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Powers is one of the best writers working now, and Generosity is full of agile sentences and odd characters. It features a young woman who is always simply happy; this strikes all the other characters as being so unusual that she soon comes under the scrutiny of scientists and the media. --Audrey Niffenegger, Guardian

Compulsive... Powers persists in an heroic attempt to be that mythical being, a modern Renaissance man, as at home in the language of science as in the laboratories of literature...[Generosity is] a meditation on the human condition. --Tim Adams, Observer

[Powers'] writing is smart, tender and wrenchingly anxious about the approaching era... Generosity is a bracingly intelligent fable about the choices that face us. --Herald

Powers is not afraid or unambitious when it comes to choosing his subject matter... Frequently insightful, provocative and witty. --Herald

Powers, whose previous novel, The Echo Maker won the National Book Award, has always been adept at exploring the problematic frontiers of contemporary science. Here, his acuity and satire are as sharp as ever, allowing him to deconstruct brilliantly the commercially charged world of genome mapping, where Brahmins are well on the way to patenting and controlling the stuff of our being... What really makes Generosity tick, however, are its characters, who are as multifaceted and alive as any Powers has ever created --Sunday Times

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'Powers is one of the best writers working now.' Audrey Niffenegger

Generosity is Richard Powers' most exuberant novel yet, in which he dares to imagine what might happen when science discovers the genes for happiness...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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