The Man Without A Shadow

The Man Without A Shadow

Large Print - 2016
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In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes: the "man without a shadow," who will be known, in time, as the most-studied and most famous amnesiac in history. A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory. Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirrored journeys of self-discovery: Margot, enthralled by her charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely patient, as well as her officious supervisor, attempts to unlock Eli's shuttered memories of a childhood trauma without losing her own sense of self in the process. Made vivid by Oates' usual eye for detail, and insight into the human psyche, The Man Without a Shadow is eerie, ambitious, and structurally complex, unique among her novels for its intimate portrayal of a forbidden relationship that can never be publicly revealed.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062440266
0062440268
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: large print,rda
500 pages ; 23 cm

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Margaret Atwood fans may also enjoy the writings of Joyce Carol Oates. Both writers explore politics, culture, feminism, families, and relationships through compelling literary fiction.

In 1965, the field of neuroscience is rapidly expanding. When a young research-scientist named Margot Sharpe is introduced to Elihu Hoopes, who suffers from severe short-term memory issues, she discovers a case that will make her career. She also discovers much more as an attraction to her patien... Read More »


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Pisinga
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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NaNa2_0
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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