Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: Andrew's Brain

Author: E.L. Doctorow

Publisher: Random House

This book is about a man named Andrew and the story follows Andrew through his life through stories that he tells to a doctor.
The story starts off with Andrew holding his infant daughter while standing in the snow in front of his ex wife's house. Andrew's just lost his wife and now broken hearted he is left with a small child. He doesn't know what to do, he loves his daughter but deep down he doesn't know what to do about taking care of a child. At his current state of mind he is not able to give his daughter the life she deserves and he knows one person who could. When Andrew was married to his first wife they had a child together but the child died young which led to the divorce. Now Andrew must beg for his first wife to take his new daughter and accept her as if she were hers.
No questions asked when the door was opened she took the baby and then Andrew was left alone. Depressed and alone Andrew is left with himself and his memories of his lost love.
Life alone is much different than being married and having a child. Andrew begins to bounce from job to job teaching. Moving from place to place meeting a whole lot of interesting people. Life seems like it is getting better until Andrew goes o work for the president which seems like an awesome job until things start to fall apart.


Thoughts: This book was really well written to the point were I finished the book even though shortly after starting the book I knew it wasn't really a book for me. What I didn't like about the book was mostly that the story itself was choppy and jumped from one thought to another which at times made it confusing. I also felt that the story was a bit to depressing and I hated how without warning the story just ended. The whole book left a lot unsaid but I do feel like I got something out of it. This author deserves a closer look none the less.

Quotes: "True happiness comes of not knowing how happy you are. It's an animal serenity, something between contentment and joy, a steadiness of the belonged self in the world."

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