The Man Without A Shadow

The Man Without A Shadow

Large Print - 2016
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In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, award-winning author examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives-love. In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes - whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of next thirty years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E.H - and inadvertently falls in love with him. This is a unique story of forbidden love, a kind of secret, evolving marriage, depicted in Joyce Carol Oates's tight, impassioned prose. It is an uncanny, ambitious, and structurally complex novel that penetrates the mind and illuminates the heart.
Publisher: New York :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062440266
Characteristics: 500 pages (large print) ;,24 cm.


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Jan 02, 2019

Interesting, but a bit repetitive re the neuroscientist's relationship with a brain damaged patient with an extremely short memory. Book follows the two of them over a 30 year period.

Oct 31, 2018

Ms. Oates never fails to build fully fleshed characters within compelling stories. The window into the world of a impaired brain injured man and the individual who is both compelled to understand, use him for her own ambitions, and yet obsessively care for is fascinating. She is nearly emotionaly destroyed by the conflict, but the story does resolve as well in this book's world as it could. Questions of the rights and welfare of research subjects are woven through this story telling.

Nov 21, 2016

Books of Oates have specific compositions – like passages from the fragments.
After reading this book, the impression is that during writing author was in an evil mood, she hates its characters.
Sad theme.
I expected more of this book.


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Jul 19, 2016

Margot, a young, ambitious, neuroscientist begins her career in a memory research institute. It is there she meets Eli, a 37 yr. old amnesiac who is intelligent, charming and a gentleman in every way, but due to an illness suffers from severe short term memory loss. Over a 20 yr. span, the developing relationship between the two brings up complicated questions concerning hope, trust, loneliness, compassion,, ethics, morality and even love, and how or if there is a place for these questions in the scientific world of research.

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