BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers

Well, I finished this book a couple of weeks ago. I don’t usually wait this long to drop a review here but have been ruminating re what I might want to say about it. In the end, it is this – I wanted more from this book. The writing is tender and exquisite. The story is compelling. But it just seemed to fall off toward the end. I was so engaged with these characters and wanted more for them. I wanted to spend more time with this startling child, born too tender for this world. And with the father who would do anything for him. The breadth of imagination and creativity in their relationship just made me gasp. And the tenderness, the beauty. I was deeply invested. As I got closer to the end, I found myself noting the pages left and thinking there was no way this story could be finished in so few pages, no resolution possible with so little time. And I was right. For me, at least, this story unfolded in possibility and then just dropped into predictable terrain. But maybe that was the point, that there really is no possible resolution with the state of the world as it is. Don’t know. Will be curious to hear thoughts of any others who read this.

3 comments on “BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers”

  1. How sad, “there really is no possible resolution with the state of the world as it is.” It’s so uplifting when a novel gives us a glimmer of a better future. I can see why you felt disappointed.

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  2. I did the same thing, JNaz. I read it and didn’t write about it. I wasn’t sure why but maybe what you’ve said is why. I don’t like it when I can feel an author deciding to wrap it up. Maybe because the last book was so long? Maybe because something was going on in Powers’s life that occupied his time and there was a deadline to meet? Don’t know. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, though, because this remarkable child was so dear.

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