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Prisoner's Dilemmaby Richard Powers
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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.
"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
"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
"A complex treatment of time....An absorbing view of history." The New York Times Book Review
"Accomplished...mature and assured....Richard Powers is...a major American novelist." New Republic
"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
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.
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