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Nd the scientist featured in the novel's flashbacksA national bestseller voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991 selected as one of the Best Books of 1991 by Publishers Weekly and nomin How many ways are there of being aliveThis was my second time though The Gold Bug Variations For brevity’s sake I could write a lot so be thankful I’ve left my original review below as most of it still holds Here are just a few further thoughtsThere are faults in this book It is over written Powers has turned every possible dial up to 11 it could be 200 pages shorter it contains technical scientific passages that will baffle all but the expert But I still give it 5 stars for one simple reason reading the book makes me rejoice in being alive makes me aware of living If that’s not worth 5 stars I don’t know what isThe basis of the story is genetics Appropriately it is a double helix love story as two tales twist around one another At the same time it incorporates Bach’s Goldberg Variations which also form a kind of helix in their intricate structure think “Crick Watson met de Bles Bach” instead of “Godel Escher Bach”The seeds of most if not all of Powers’ future books are evident as you read At one point I reached the conclusion that all Powers’ subseuent novels are simply explorations of one of the ideas he initially investigates here Some of his dominant themes play out Fields of study like spectral bands differ only in wavelength No discrete moment when red ends and orange begins The crucial thing is notwhat a thing is but how it connects to othersEach thing is only what it is through everything elseThere is repeated exploration of time as both cyclical dates repeating and linear always moving forward This is something that Ali Smith has said she is exploring in her current seasonal uartetThere are references back to Powers’ first two novels as he talks about the impact of science on war and vice versa and as he makes explicit reference to the time capsule buried at the start of Prisoner’s DilemmaAnd in the midst of all the technical detail a simple uote that says Scienceis about reverence not masteryI guess it is partly all the talk about genetics but the wonder of life shines through every page of this book even the ones I can’t understand The by turns happy and sad love stories that show that humanity is than a collection of geneschromosonesenzymes etc reflect what Powers has said about his latest book The Overstory where he has reminded us in interviews etc not in the book except by our own interpretation of it that the real most amazing products of 4 billion years of evolution that need our help are usPurely by coincidence I started this book on the same day that I started a book called “Seeking Aliveness” which is a day by day through the year series of short Christian meditations The first week which is as far as I have got so far focuses on what it means to be alive to be part of the wonders of the world whether natural or man made These two books played against one another as I read them in a way that would I think have made Bach very happy ORIGINAL REVIEW In Myers Briggs terminology I am a strong N type We Ns like ideas and we love patterns especially hidden patterns that we can uncover Facts matter but are somewhat secondary This book is great for such a personThe plot of this book is almost a by product of its structure and subject matter It uses the science of genetics to explore the significance and meaning of life If it were not about four people two couples and an intertwined love story then something would have gone wrongThis is a book to make you pause and contemplate some of the mysteries of life It’s not an easy book to read partly because it contains some long passages that are scientific or that reuire a working knowledge of music theory But it is an immensely rewarding book to read especially I think if you allow your mind to pick up some of the thoughts thrown out and to dwell on them for a whileThere’s a double love story that wraps around itself which is like the double helix in the scientific bits But there are many passages that ask you to stop and think about how and why you are here They ask “how” because they consider the randomness and complexity of life from a scientific viewpoint And how can we reach a point of development that allows us to ask uestions of ourselves in that way And then the “why” uestion crops up in the pursuit of knowledge the love stories the creativity of painting and musicAny book that makes you aware of being alive and aware of what it means to be alive what it means to be YOU has to be worth the effort it takes to read it Well that’s my view anyway And it does take both time and effort to read this At 639 pages of often dense and technical language but often simultaneously playful language you cannot expect to skip through itI appreciate some will find this book too clever for its own good I can understand that view The New York Times said Just seeing so much cleverness packed into 639 pages is a remarkable experience The novel reads as if it has been written from a room size collection of index cards so dense is each paragraph Almost every sentence is a heroic tour de force built around a fascinating gimmick of language usually a pun or a metaphor derived from the figurative possibilities of scientific technical language liberated from the usual literary attention to connotation or eleganceThat uote will have put many people off My wife has a degree in English Literature but would run a mile from a book described that way But I don't share that view I loved what it made me think about I wish I was clever enough to understand the multitude of puns and metaphors that I feel slipped by as I read Versailles (Bouquins) of 1991 selected as Château de St Germain en Laye en dates et en chiffres one Curiosités botaniques à Paris et en Ile-de-France of the Best Books Dictionnaire critique de la Révolution française : idées of 1991 by Publishers Weekly and nomin How many ways are there Le PSF. Un parti de masse à droite (1936-1940): Une parti de masse à droite (HISTOIRE) of being aliveThis was my second time though The Gold Bug Variations For brevity’s sake I could write a lot so be thankful I’ve left my La Corse Pour les Nuls original review below as most La Bourgogne Pour les Nuls of it still holds Here are just a few further thoughtsThere are faults in this book It is A la découverte du Moyen Age over written Powers has turned every possible dial up to 11 it could be 200 pages shorter it contains technical scientific passages that will baffle all but the expert But I still give it 5 stars for Paris libéré, Paris retrouvé one simple reason reading the book makes me rejoice in being alive makes me aware Fatou, Julia, Montel,: le grand prix des sciences mathématiques de 1918, et après... of living If that’s not worth 5 stars I don’t know what isThe basis Le livre d'or de l'Algérie : histoire politique, militaire, administrative, (Éd.1889) of the story is genetics Appropriately it is a double helix love story as two tales twist around Je me souviens du 14e arrodissement one another At the same time it incorporates Bach’s Goldberg Variations which also form a kind Versailles: Le château, la ville, ses monuments of helix in their intricate structure think “Crick Watson met de Bles Bach” instead HISTOIRE DE LA FRANCE DES ORIGINES A NOS JOURS of “Godel Escher Bach”The seeds Conseils d'un homo aux hétéros pour séduire les femmes of most if not all La vie à Paris pendant la Révolution: 1789-1793 of Powers’ future books are evident as you read At Maisons en pan-de-bois de Bretagne : Histoire d'un type d'architecture urbaine one point I reached the conclusion that all Powers’ subseuent novels are simply explorations Dictionnaire illustré de l'histoire de France of Guide du voyageur à Noirmoutier, (Éd.1884) one Guide d'architecture de la France du XXe siècle of the ideas he initially investigates here Some Les Rues de Poitiers, dictionnaire historique & biographique of his dominant themes play Montauban - Promenade Dans le Temps out Fields Je me souviens du 13e arrondissement of study like spectral bands differ Dictionnaire historique des rues de paris - 2 vol. only in wavelength No discrete moment when red ends and Formulaire du technicien tuyauteur, chaudronnier & soudeur orange begins The crucial thing is notwhat a thing is but how it connects to Histoire de la construction de l'Europe depuis 1945 othersEach thing is L'Europe médiane, carrefours et connexions only what it is through everything elseThere is repeated exploration Nous, citoyens d'Europe : Les Frontières, l'Etat, le peuple of time as both cyclical dates repeating and linear always moving forward This is something that Ali Smith has said she is exploring in her current seasonal uartetThere are references back to Powers’ first two novels as he talks about the impact Carrelage de sol et mural of science La maison à ossature bois par les schémas: Manuel de construction visuel. on war and vice versa and as he makes explicit reference to the time capsule buried at the start Histoire et tradition des Européens : 30 000 ans d'identité of Prisoner’s DilemmaAnd in the midst L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident of all the technical detail a simple uote that says Scienceis about reverence not masteryI guess it is partly all the talk about genetics but the wonder La construction européenne est-elle irréversible ? of life shines through every page LES DEUX SCANDALES DE PANAMA. of this book even the Les éléments des projets de construction - 11e édition ones I can’t understand The by turns happy and sad love stories that show that humanity is than a collection Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 1 - 7e éd. - Le moteur et ses auxiliaires of geneschromosonesenzymes etc reflect what Powers has said about his latest book The Overstory where he has reminded us in interviews etc not in the book except by Traité de construction en terre our Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 2 - 7e éd. own interpretation La décomposition des nations européennes : De l'union euro-atlantique à l'Etat mondial of it that the real most amazing products L'Europe a-t-elle un avenir ? : Une approche critique de la construction européenne of 4 billion years Le nouveau défi européen of evolution that need Le passage à l'Europe: Histoire d'un commencement our help are usPurely by coincidence I started this book Construction de maisons à ossature bois, Conforme à la RT 2012 on the same day that I started a book called “Seeking Aliveness” which is a day by day through the year series L'Europe, une chance pour les femmes ?: Le genre de la construction européenne of short Christian meditations The first week which is as far as I have got so far focuses Construction bois : L'Eurocode 5 par l'exemple, le dimensionnement des barres et des assemblages en 30 applications on what it means to be alive to be part Conduire son chantier en 70 fiches pratiques: Mise au point du dossier marché de travaux - Préparation et organisation du chantier of the wonders Plaques de plâtre avec ou sans isolation: 157 fiches-16 étapes-173 schémas. Plafonds, habillages, cloisons, doublages, parois de gaines techniques of the world whether natural Tuyauterie industrielle : Aide-mémoire or man made These two books played against Memotech installations sanitaires et thermiques - édition 2016 one another as I read them in a way that would I think have made Bach very happy ORIGINAL REVIEW In Myers Briggs terminology I am a strong N type We Ns like ideas and we love patterns especially hidden patterns that we can uncover Facts matter but are somewhat secondary This book is great for such a personThe plot Le colombage, mode d'emploi : Lire et décrire le pan de bois, Diagnostiquer les désordres of this book is almost a by product Premiers pas en BIM: L'essentiel en 100 pages of its structure and subject matter It uses the science Guide des sciences et technologies industrielles of genetics to explore the significance and meaning Construction artisanale d'escaliers en bois of life If it were not about four people two couples and an intertwined love story then something would have gone wrongThis is a book to make you pause and contemplate some Mémoires of the mysteries Le mémento du conducteur de travaux: Préparation et suivi de chantier pour les marchés publics et privés. of life It’s not an easy book to read partly because it contains some long passages that are scientific Calcul des ouvrages géotechniques selon l'Eurocode 7 or that reuire a working knowledge La Citoyenneté européenne of music theory But it is an immensely rewarding book to read especially I think if you allow your mind to pick up some Une Europe pour la paix. déclaration de Robert Schuman, Quai d'Orsay, 9 mai 1950 of the thoughts thrown BIM pour le maître d'ouvrage: Comment passer à l'action out and to dwell Grammaire des civilisations (Champs Histoire) on them for a whileThere’s a double love story that wraps around itself which is like the double helix in the scientific bits But there are many passages that ask you to stop and think about how and why you are here They ask “how” because they consider the randomness and complexity L'Europe difficile: Histoire politique de la construction européenne of life from a scientific viewpoint And how can we reach a point Europe: bon mythe mauvaise marque of development that allows us to ask uestions Aide-mémoire Mécanique des structures - 2e éd. - Résistance des matériaux - IUT-Licence-Master of La construction comment ça marche?: Toutes les techniques de la construction en images ourselves in that way And then the “why” uestion crops up in the pursuit Nouveaux combats pour l'Europe 1995-2002. Un aveuglement suicidaire, Pour une autre Europe of knowledge the love stories the creativity Faire construire sa maison - 2e éd. - Toutes les étapes pour faire les bons choix of painting and musicAny book that makes you aware Histoire de l'Union européenne : Fondations, élargissements, avenir of being alive and aware Le passage à l'Europe. Histoire d'un commencement (Bibliothèque des Idées) of what it means to be alive what it means to be YOU has to be worth the effort it takes to read it Well that’s my view anyway And it does take both time and effort to read this At 639 pages Penser et construire l'Europe au XXe siècle of L’Identité de la France (Tome 1) - Espace et histoire (Champs Histoire t. 815) often dense and technical language but Minorités et régionalismes dans l'Europe fédérale des Régions: Enquête sur le plan allemand qui va bouleverser l'Europe often simultaneously playful language you cannot expect to skip through itI appreciate some will find this book too clever for its L'Europe de Jean Monnet own good I can understand that view The New York Times said Just seeing so much cleverness packed into 639 pages is a remarkable experience The novel reads as if it has been written from a room size collection La Grande dissimulation: Histoire secrète de l'UE of index cards so dense is each paragraph Almost every sentence is a heroic tour de force built around a fascinating gimmick Histoire de l'unification européenne of language usually a pun Brexit : How Britain Left Europe or a metaphor derived from the figurative possibilities 50 notions clés sur l'Europe pour les Nuls of scientific technical language liberated from the usual literary attention to connotation Bordeaux : Au-delà des Chartrons: L'Âme des Peuples or eleganceThat uote will have put many people PREPARATION AUX CONCOURS ADMINISTRATIFS 2019 - 2020: La construction européenne, L’Europe Economique et Monétaire et les politiques communes de l'Union Européenne off My wife has a degree in English Literature but would run a mile from a book described that way But I don't share that view I loved what it made me think about I wish I was clever enough to understand the multitude Europe : la grande liquidation démocratique of puns and metaphors that I feel slipped by as I read

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Ated for a National Book Critics Circle Award a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love science music and art by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Danc It's been about five years since I read this book It was so good so smart and so well constructed that I haven't read another Richard Powers book since I feel like his books need to be saved for just the right time I don't know when that time is but I'd always like to have another of his books to read for the first time waiting for me sort of like Raymond Chandler or the last DFW stories I haven't read yet L'Ame de Napoléon of love science music and art by the brilliant author Napoléon, tome 3 : L'Empereur des rois, 1806-1812 of Three Farmers Le second Empire on Their Way to a Danc It's been about five years since I read this book It was so good so smart and so well constructed that I haven't read another Richard Powers book since I feel like his books need to be saved for just the right time I don't know when that time is but I'd always like to have another Napoléon et l'opéra of his books to read for the first time waiting for me sort Souvenirs de campagnes du sergent Faucheur of like Raymond Chandler Nouvelle Histoire de la France contemporaine, tome 10 : Les Débuts de la troisième République, 1871-1898 or the last DFW stories I haven't read yet

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The plot hinges on two love affairs the first set in the 1950s between two scientists intent on discovering the mysteries of DNA; the second in the 1980s between two lovers who befrie This was my penultimate Powers novel I haven't yet managed to get hold of a copy of Prisoner's Dilemma its immediate predecessor It is a book which I had been looking forward to because of its musical content and some interesting reviews but for me it did not uite meet my high expectations perhaps because Powers just had too many ideas to shoehorn in and the result is over long and uite hard work to read I am not sure I fully understood the scientific content eitherThere are three main characters the main narrator is Jan O'Deigh a librarian whose job involves answering uestions from the public so perhaps a human forerunner of Google Alexa et al Two of her uestioners are Stuart Ressler who spots an error in her daily today in history piece so she is a proto Wikipedia too Franklin Todd Ressler's colleague in his night shift job in a financial company's computer centre also approaches her wanting to know what Ressler's past involved Ressler turns out to have been a brilliant but somewhat erratic researcher in genetics back in the mid 1950s when the first attempts were being made to understand DNA encoding A young female colleague introduces him to Bach's Goldberg variations which is the other main linking theme In the modern part of the story Jan starts visiting the two men in the data centre starting an affair with Todd and getting increasingly drawn to Ressler and his genetic puzzlesAs always Powers devotes a lot of space to exploring his technical scientific and musical subject matter not necessarily with academic rigour but detailed enough to get an understanding of why he is so interested in them For me though the human aspects of the story were a little weak so I don't think this one will ever be my favourite Powers novel Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 on two love affairs the first set in the 1950s between two scientists intent L'art militaire de Napoléon on discovering the mysteries Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) of DNA; the second in the 1980s between two lovers who befrie This was my penultimate Powers novel I haven't yet managed to get hold Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of a copy L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 of Prisoner's Dilemma its immediate predecessor It is a book which I had been looking forward to because Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence of its musical content and some interesting reviews but for me it did not uite meet my high expectations perhaps because Powers just had too many ideas to shoehorn in and the result is Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) over long and uite hard work to read I am not sure I fully understood the scientific content eitherThere are three main characters the main narrator is Jan O'Deigh a librarian whose job involves answering uestions from the public so perhaps a human forerunner Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er of Google Alexa et al Two La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus of her uestioners are Stuart Ressler who spots an error in her daily today in history piece so she is a proto Wikipedia too Franklin Todd Ressler's colleague in his night shift job in a financial company's computer centre also approaches her wanting to know what Ressler's past involved Ressler turns Napoléon out to have been a brilliant but somewhat erratic researcher in genetics back in the mid 1950s when the first attempts were being made to understand DNA encoding A young female colleague introduces him to Bach's Goldberg variations which is the La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes other main linking theme In the modern part L'aveuglement de Napoléon of the story Jan starts visiting the two men in the data centre starting an affair with Todd and getting increasingly drawn to Ressler and his genetic puzzlesAs always Powers devotes a lot Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) of space to exploring his technical scientific and musical subject matter not necessarily with academic rigour but detailed enough to get an understanding La Commune et les Communards of why he is so interested in them For me though the human aspects Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) of the story were a little weak so I don't think this Mémoires, Chaque pas doit être un but (Tome 1) one will ever be my favourite Powers novel