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Andrew's reaction to this awful tragedy generates the substance of this entertaining and sometimes beautiful novel. Near its beginning, he says: "Deep down, at the bottom of my soul, if such exists, I am finally unmoved but what I've done. A faint tinge of regret for dead babies, for dead wives, for the fires I've inadvertently started, and all such disasters can make me run in my dreams to someplace where I can't do any harm, but in this waking life I am numb to my guilt."
But Andrew, in fact, was probably driven around the bend by the death of his baby daughter. And maybe all, or just parts of the tales he tells about his life after the tragedy--a second and perfect wife and little family, her unusual parents, his second tragic loss on 9/11, and his connection to the Bush White House--are imagined and his method of exploring and coping with his first tragedy.
Near the novel's end, Andrew, who is either institutionalized or a victim of extraordinary rendition, learns from his interlocutor that Willa, his daughter from his second marriage is twelve. This suggests that elements of his therapeutic stories are true. But which elements are real and which are inventions? The playful Doctorow doesn't exactly say.
At times, Andrew, a cognitive scientist, sounds like a mouthpiece for Doctorow, especially as he describes the dynamic between Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. "Chaingang and Rumbum were self-appointed world strategists. They had ranks of ideologues and think-tank warriors behind them. The president was only that... and at moments he had to feel outnumbered and outclassed. For every instance that he went along with their bidding, however persuasive and in accord with his own instincts, there had to be some resentment there, don't you think?"
Andrew also enjoys Mark Twain, whose work he shares with his second wife. Here, Andrew's Twain is primarily an old man oppressed by his life. "I see his frail grasp... his after-dinner guard let down and his upwardly mobile decency become vulnerable to his self-creation. And the woman he loved, gone, and a child he loved, gone, and he looks in the mirror and hates the pretense of his white hair and mustache and suit. He despairs of the likelihood that the world is his illusion, that he is but a vagrant mind in a futile drift through eternity." In this novel's final paragraph, Doctorow references Twain's plight and shows it has become a knife twisting in poor Andrews's brain.
I thought to myself "Where does this story go?" and "Why did he have this image in his head for so long?"- so I bought the book [the
Library copy our Lab Puppy, Milo, chewed up before I knew what he was doing [maybe he knew something I didn't !]. -so I reordered this on Amazon.
The story starts out OK- Man's wife dies and he has a small baby left to care for so he goes and 'stands outside and knocks on his
ex-wife's [Martha] door- to help him take care of the baby...
From there- it get's bizzare... and I had difficulty following this guys 'brain'.. [he's on a city street at a stop lite, and suddenly there is a spirit/ ghost [? ]saying to him "come and fix my screen door'- [which happens to be on a farm in the middle of nowhere !!!] ...
I skipped parts as I got really bored with 'Andrews Brain' and who he was...... "a loser in life, but OK as a teacher"
[who has multiple fantasies over a student in his class]...which get's boring and weird also...
Anyway, I found parts of the book interesting like someone was talking to me personally about their inner life-- but the majority of the book was too weird for me- illogical and strange...
I guess Milo our pup was telling me had 'a premonition' this wasn't my kind of book !...
work. Not at the engaging level of ragtime, or book of daniel, and also lacking really commentary.
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