The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker

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Twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter, suffering from a rare brain disorder that causes him to believe his sister to be an impostor, endeavors to discover the cause of the motor vehicle accident that resulted in his head injury.

McMillan Palgrave
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, his only near kin, 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 recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and 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 anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.
Set against the Platte River’s massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Makeris a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.
The Echo Maker is the winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction.


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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, his only near kin, 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 recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder. Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome, a doubling delusion, and 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 anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.

Set against the Platte River's massive spring migrations–one of the greatest spectacles in nature–The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation.

The Echo Maker is the winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction.



Blackwell North Amer
On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister, Karin, his only near kin, 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 impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre world of brain disorders. Weber recognizes Mark's condition as a rare case of Capgras syndrome - the delusion that people in one's life are doubles or imposters - and 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 anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374146351
0374146357
Branch Call Number: Fiction Pow
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm

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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.

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ambergrey100
Oct 28, 2013

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

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ChrisMGray
Sep 02, 2012

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

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jonahchristensen
Jun 27, 2012

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

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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.

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GrumpyDave
Nov 18, 2010

2006 National Book Award - Fiction

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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