The Man Without A Shadow

The Man Without A Shadow

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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 searing 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 : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016
ISBN: 9780062416094
Branch Call Number: OATES
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm

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JNazif
Jan 02, 2019

Interesting, but a bit repetitive re the neuroscientist's relationship with a brain damaged patient with an extremely short memory. Book follows the two of them over a 30 year period.

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Singflower
Oct 31, 2018

Ms. Oates never fails to build fully fleshed characters within compelling stories. The window into the world of a impaired brain injured man and the individual who is both compelled to understand, use him for her own ambitions, and yet obsessively care for is fascinating. She is nearly emotionaly destroyed by the conflict, but the story does resolve as well in this book's world as it could. Questions of the rights and welfare of research subjects are woven through this story telling.

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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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