The Echo Maker

 

“All the humans revered Crane, the great orator. Where cranes gathered, their speech carried miles. The Aztecs called themselves the Crane People. One of the Anishinaabe clans was named the cranes — Ajijak or Busineasee — the Echo Makers. The cranes were leaders, voices that called all people together.”
— Richard Powers

The image of the crane — an ancient, migratory bird of great size and strength — charges Richard Powers’ new novel with the universal force that links all living things.

For him, it’s the complex, delicate nature of the brain, the magical organ that has guided the Sandhill Cranes back to the same spot on Platte River every year for eons and led humans astray for almost as long.

The cranes arrive by the thousands in winter near Kearney, Neb., on their road south from the Arctic. The sight of the red-headed birds dancing their age-old steps in the stripped farm fields inspires wonder.

The humans who have found their way to Kearney in Powers’ story aren’t so certain about their existence, however. Their identities shift, change and disappear as self-doubt and confusion break down their hold on them.

Set in 2002, this novel is one of the first truly literary responses to life after Sept. 11 in America, a country stunned into paranoia and distrust.”

In the end, I really enjoyed The Echo Maker by Richard Powers!  I love the bits about the river…the birds…even the sense of identity that is dealt with too intensely at times.  It was a wonderful gift!  And now, I am onto A Map of the World.  I’m hoping that you each create a spattering of magic this weekend.  Warmest wishes to each of you!

 

1 thought on “The Echo Maker

  1. A Map Of The World…is that by Jane Hamilton? Hope you have your tissues ready for the first chapter. Excellent read….you will love their story of friendship.Sleep with angels…She Paints Blue

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