The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker

Book - 2006
Average Rating:
7
Rate this:

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, Karin, his only close relative, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman - who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister - is really an identical impostor.

Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognise her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case studies describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognises Mark as a very unusual case of Capgras syndrome and is keen to investigate. But what he discovers in Mark begins to undermine even his own sense of self.

Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened on the night of his accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.

Set against the spectacular spring migrations of American Sandhill cranes, The Echo Maker is a profound and riveting novel that explores how memory, instinct and relationships make us who we are.

Publisher: William Heinemann,� 2006
ISBN: 9780434016334
Branch Call Number: AF POWE

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

k
KellyReader
Nov 24, 2014

I found this book to be boring and rather plot-less. The characters were so one-dimensional. The stuff about the cranes was cool, and the brain stuff was interesting, but i kind of felt like it was so random; the strings tying everything together were too loose, transparent. I sometimes skipped entire sections that seemed to be telling me little about the humans characters in the story. Not sure I will pick up another by this author.

a
ambergrey100
Oct 28, 2013

This is just a great read. Wonderful characters and a great plot. Loved the landscape and the cranes.

c
ChrisMGray
Sep 02, 2012

Sandhill Cranes, Oliver Sacks..read at Antelope Lodge, TG getaway / Holly, etc.

j
jonahchristensen
Jun 27, 2012

Great start and thought provoking at first but I didn't understand where the author was going sometimes.

c
Cassils
May 04, 2011

Powers is a writer of daring and imagination. He is a thinker as much as a novelist and he makes demands on the reader who will find his or her mind exercised on profound issues that are often denied or ignored in this era of shallow distractions. On reading the oeuvre of Powers one is left with a sense of awe that one is living contemporaneously with a "great" writer who a century from now will be plumbed by scholars for insights into the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

g
GrumpyDave
Nov 18, 2010

2006 National Book Award - Fiction

c
Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

  Loading...

Find it at LCCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top