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Prisoner's Dilemma

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Publisher Comments:

Something is wrong with Eddie Hobson Sr., father of four, sometime history teacher, quiz master, black humorist and virtuoso invalid. His recurring fainting spells have worsened, and with his ingrained aversion to doctors, his worried family tries to discover the nature of his sickness. Meanwhile, in private, Eddie puts the finishing touches on a secret project he calls Hobbstown, a place that he promises will save him, the world and everything that's in it.

A dazzling novel of compassion and imagination, Prisoner's Dilemma is a story of the power of invalid experience.

Review:

"Skillfully alternating lively colloquial dialogue with Artie's fluid, elegiac recollections, Powers...brings each member of the family to vivid, quirky life in this accomplished narrative." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"I love and admire this book...but I cannot give an adquate sense of its many marvels....One of the most beautiful and baffling dialogues in recent fiction." Boston Globe

Review:

"A complex treatment of time....An absorbing view of history." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Accomplished...mature and assured....Richard Powers is...a major American novelist." New Republic

Review:

"Although his subject is pathology, Powers provides a dazzling display of wit (riddles, triple puns, and palindromes) that may entertain, but also contributes to the themes of this remarkably well-crafted novel." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Eddie Hobson is quickly succumbing to a mysterious illness, and his children draw on the World War II veteran's dictaphone-recorded construction of an imaginary utopia for clues to their father's illness.

About the Author

Richard Powers is a MacArthur Fellow. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060977085
Author:
Powers, Richard
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Father and child
Subject:
Terminally ill
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Family -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Father and child -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
May 22, 1996
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23.52 oz

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Product details 352 pages Perennial - English 9780060977085 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Skillfully alternating lively colloquial dialogue with Artie's fluid, elegiac recollections, Powers...brings each member of the family to vivid, quirky life in this accomplished narrative."
"Review" by , "I love and admire this book...but I cannot give an adquate sense of its many marvels....One of the most beautiful and baffling dialogues in recent fiction."
"Review" by , "A complex treatment of time....An absorbing view of history."
"Review" by , "Accomplished...mature and assured....Richard Powers is...a major American novelist."
"Review" by , "Although his subject is pathology, Powers provides a dazzling display of wit (riddles, triple puns, and palindromes) that may entertain, but also contributes to the themes of this remarkably well-crafted novel."
"Synopsis" by , Eddie Hobson is quickly succumbing to a mysterious illness, and his children draw on the World War II veteran's dictaphone-recorded construction of an imaginary utopia for clues to their father's illness.
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