BEWILDERMENT – Richard Powers

I hardly ever reblog. This is such a positive review from a blogger I rate highly that I am doing so for the benefit of my readers who may not follow Anne

Something Over Tea

Richard Powers does not need the accolades plastered on the beautifully designed cover of his novel, Bewilderment, published by Hutchinson Heinemann in 2021.

It is an astonishingly wonderful read that takes us through what could be a bewildering array of journeys with the easy guidance of a master storyteller, who keeps the reader on track throughout by sticking to short and manageable routes.

We explore unbelievable worlds on planets way beyond our ken; relationships that are deep and entwining; the long-term effects of both politics and the economy on the environment; as well as shortcomings of conventional education:

The father and son regularly fall foul of education rules and battle with the idea of Robin being home-schooled as a possible solution. He [Robin] was calm as a skiff on a windless pond. I was capsizing. I wanted to shout, Give me one good reason why you can’t sit in…

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I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

24 thoughts on “BEWILDERMENT – Richard Powers

  1. I have added this one to my audible wish list. You haven’t steered me wrong in the past. This one looks tough, but I’m in the middle of another similar tough one, that is well-written and a well-told story. A recommendation by another blogger, it’s called This Is How It Always Is, about a beautiful family trying to raise their five boys right, and then trying to raise their four boys and one girl right. I just finished reading another tough one, called Walking the Bowl, and oh my gosh it’s a beautiful story, but what a hard story, about street orphans living in Lusaka, Zambia, which is probably mostly a true story. I admire authors who can write a story filled with love and beauty, all while telling about difficult topics.

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