Saturday 11 October 2014

Andrew's Brain

Finished October 4
Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow

This novel is written in a series of therapy sessions. In these sessions, Andrew tells his story, sometimes referring to himself in third person and sometimes in first person. The story is told of Andrew's marriages, and how each ended. We see his troubled relationship with his young daughter Willa and his radical solution to dealing with it. We see him accused of being a walking disaster to those nearest to him and then we see why he might be seen in this way.
This novel reveals Andrew's story gradually and we see the sadness of his life.This is a complex novel that made me want to turn back as I learned things about him and reread some previous sections of the book.
Andrew's situation is one that is only partially of his own making, but we see a sense of righteousness in him that is often his downfall.
As always, Doctorow's writing is amazing and this book is one that will stay with you.

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