Bewilderment

Author(s): Richard Powers

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A magnificent new novel by Richard Powers, his first novel since the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning The OverstoryPicked as one of the 'Best Books of 2021' in the Sunday Times and a finalist for the Booker Prize.


Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son Robin is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He thinks and feels deeply, adores animals, and can spend hours painting elaborate pictures. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade, for smashing his friend's face with a metal thermos.What can a father do, when the only solution offered to his rare and troubled boy is to put him on psychoactive drugs? What can he say when his boy comes to him wanting an explanation for a world that is clearly in love with its own destruction? The only thing for it is to take the boy to other planets, while all the while fostering his son's desperate campaign to help save this one.


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Shortlisted Booker Prize 2021

Reading a Powers novel is like boarding a tour bus when you have a single day to explore an unfamiliar city. Bewilderment, his Booker-longlisted new novel, is a hop-on, hop-off trip around astrobiology, climate breakdown and neuro-feedback therapy... it is impossible to deny the importance of Powers's message ― Sunday Times   Refreshing, original and moving ― Evening StandardPowers has the rare gift of being able to deal with big ideas while keeping you interested in the lives and emotions of his characters - Sebastian Faulks Mingling ideas about neurodivergence, astrobiology, political radicalisation and environmental collapse... There is no question that Powers is a novelist of considerable, well, powers.... Bewilderment is both touching and finely written ― TelegraphPowers is a former computer programmer whose ideas-rich fiction grounds the grandest scientific concepts in everyday experience. For him, environmental crisis means that we must share the pain not just of fellow-humans but other life-forms threatened by our botched stewardship of Earth.... Powers's unchained imagination stretches its empathy circle from lichen to nebulae, in finely crafted prose ― Financial Times

General Fields

  • : 9781785152641
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : June 2021
  • : 2.2 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Powers
  • : Paperback
  • : 2110
  • : 288