Richard Powers on ‘Astonishment’ – The New York Times

[ad_1] Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | sewer | How to Listen Inside “Wonder” Richard Powers’ first novel since winning the Pulitzer Prize for “The Overstory,” an astrobiologist named Theo Byrne searches for life on other planets as he struggles to raise his extremely sensitive 9-year-old son, Robin. In this week’s podcast, Powers compares Theo’s …

In ‘Astonishment’, Richard Powers Smothers Nature With Piety

[ad_1] The main question of the novel is the same one posed in “The Overstory” by Vietnam War veteran Douggie Pavlicek, who has turned into an eco-warrior: [Expletive] Is Mankind Wrong? The dialogue remotely reminded me of my favorite third-grade novel, Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” Robbie speaks in italics throughout, as if he were …

‘Big Circle’, ‘Astonishment’ Among Booker Prize Finalists

[ad_1] LONDON — Patricia Lockwood, Richard Powers and Maggie Shipstead are among six novelists nominated this year for the Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Powers is a finalist in “Bewilderment,” her novel about a widowed astrobiologist struggling to care for her son; for the shipyard”great apartment”, an epic about a …