Operation wandering soul



☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Operation wandering soul By Richard Powers ✓ – E17streets4all.co.uk Highly imaginative and emotionally powerful, this stunning novel about childhood innocence amidst the nightmarish disease and deterioration at the heart of modern Los Angeles was nominated for a Natio Highly imaginative and emotionally powerful, this stunning novel about childhood innocence amidst the nightmarish disease and deterioration at the heart of modern Los Angeles was nominated for a National Book Award Operation wandering PDF/EPUB ² Like the stories read to children, this intensely caring novel can help prevent the nightmare it describes USA Today.Operation wandering soul

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Operation wandering PDF/EPUB ² Prize and four time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains Librarian note There isthan one author with this name in the Goodreads database.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Operation wandering soul
  • Richard Powers
  • 19 March 2017
  • 0349105111

10 thoughts on “Operation wandering soul

  1. says:

    I have decidedly mixed feelings about this one, and four stars may be too generous as so often with Powers it is full of ideas and references indeed it would have takenthan twice as long to read if I had looked up all of the unfamiliar words, events and scientific elements that Powers discusses For me the biggest problem is that the plot, such as it is, is so full of digressions and so dominated by it s central character s increasingly frazzled state of mind that it becomes very diffi I have decidedly mixed feelings about this one, and four stars may be too generous as so often with Powers it is full of ideas and references indeed it would have takenthan twice as long to read if I had looked up all of the unfamiliar words, events and scientific elements that Powers discusses For me the biggest problem is that the plot, such as it is, is so full of digressions and so dominated by it s central character s increasingly frazzled state of mind that it becomes very difficult to follow.Dr Ricky Kraft is a overworked young surgeon working at a paediatric hospital in Angel City presumably Los Angeles He starts an affair with Linda, a younger nurse, who attempts to heal her young charges with storytelling these stories form frequent digressions One of the patients is Joy, a brilliant Asian immigrant whose leg is being attacked by an aggressive cancer Another is Nico, who is aging very fast, but who becomes a leader to the other child patients in his escapist schemes Powers also takes inspiration from Peter Pan, the Children s Crusade and the Pied Paper legend, as well as drawing from his own childhood experiences in Thailand another city of angels in a land of the free.So an interesting and stimulating read, but one that I eventually found rather frustrating, if only because it exposed my limitations as a reader

  2. says:

    Trying to Contain Extreme Emotion by Writing Brilliant ProseThe interest of this book, I think, is an antagonism between determinedly inventive language and overspilling emotion There are links with David Foster Wallace here, and a lesson, perhaps, for writers who hope to torture language in order to sharpen emotion.1.About the language it seems that every sentence in the book was interrogated for clich s except for brief exclamations and short bridging sentences, almost no line in the entire Trying to Contain Extreme Emotion by Writing Brilliant ProseThe interest of this book, I think, is an antagonism between determinedly inventive language and overspilling emotion There are links with David Foster Wallace here, and a lesson, perhaps, for writers who hope to torture language in order to sharpen emotion.1.About the language it seems that every sentence in the book was interrogated for clich s except for brief exclamations and short bridging sentences, almost no line in the entire 352 pages is a report of ordinary speech or standard description Sometimes that results in deliberate awkwardness In one passage, a doctor, Kraft, is being invited to go dancing at the Pasadena Women s Club He ruminates Well, so be it, if that s the last bastion of fox trot in this fifteen million souled nation flying point for westward expansion s cliff dive into the Pacific p 204 Sometimes this tweaking and pinching leads to dense apostrophes, crowded with alliterative sequences, puns, intentional solecisms, and chained awkwardnesses, as in this description of the dance hall This place, this heartbreaking, magnificent, annihilating, imperialist, insecure, conscience stricken, anarcho puritanical, smart bombing, sheet tinned, Monroe Doctrined place The searing, seductive, all palliating, caramel curative of the been through the Mills Brothers sure, who else you always hurt the ones you love do their painted, slowed down, lip simulated, bastard son of Dixieland instrumental interlude, returning only to insist that you re nobody Till somebody Cares p 210 Most of the time it produces an effect of lexical hysteria, a kind of frantic search to escape ordinary language This is a description of an annoying person who is assisting the doctor in an operation He hears the Millstone wind tunneling in his ear, doing his geriatric Driver s Ed teacher a month before retirement thing p 268 In many passages, on many pages, this kind of obsessive tinkering produces momentarily confusing but enlightening twists in ordinary usage Of a woman who wants to throw away a collection of milk cartons, Powers writes She wants to rush the receptacles p 280 Of the universal habit children have of torturing insects, he writes Boyhood trains for this in every country he had ever barnstormed p 268 I read this because David Foster Wallace said somewhere that it was his favorite It s easy to see one of the reasons Powers is determined not to write an ordinary sentence, and that determination produces a strange awkwardness of the kind that Wallace first relished and later feared The effect is definitely not simply brilliant, scintillating, eloquent or magnificent, as reviewers tended to say It is a condition, like the medical conditions of the characters in the book As Wallace knew, this kind of virtuosity is an illness Some passages early in this book remind me of Sergio De la Pava s Naked Singularity I think Operation Wandering Soul, which was published in 1993, is one of the points of origin for certain practices of hypertrophied eloquence in books like De la Pava s, and in some McSweeny s authors.2 About the overspilling emotion the book is about a hospital ward for children with chronic, rare, debilitating diseases and deformities, and their two principal caregivers the doctor and a therapist , both of whom are emotionally pithed Some of the children are presented briefly, and one is a sort of black comic relief, but mainly the book is about their suffering The central character is a little girl who needs to have her ankle removed, and then, when the disease spreads, half her body She ends up in intensive care, with her legs amputated, bruised by the breathing tubes, knocked out by sedatives, knowing her life is over In that state, she writes her doctor a love letter The emotion is wild, gushing, hot, and nearly unbearable, and this is the connection with the first point about language it is made that way by the straitjackets of language Yet it s hopeless to disguise or tamp down torrential emotion by torturing language It doesn t work even in the opening pages I think the idea was to produceintense emotion by tying feeling in knotted language games, and letting it squeeze out, drop by drop, in some ultra purified form But the result is that the emotion leaks all over, spilling out of every sentence, soaking the brilliant prose in bathos, a bath of tears, saline fluid, and blood I don t think this would have been half the book it is if Powers s strategy had worked, and he had contained unspeakable tragedy in its hospital bed The book is about the excesses of excess pain that leaches from every overworked metaphor, mangled image, every twisted, hypercomplex sentence

  3. says:

    Operation Wandering Soul mostly takes place in Carver Hospital in Angel City Here, Richard Kraft is a surgeon in the paediatric ward He is overwhelmed by his work load and often runs on autopilot He is also, for reasons we come to discover during the book, overwhelmed by the suffering of the children in his care He meets a therapist called Linda Espera and between them they look to treat a group of children who have damaged bodies and souls.This is not a cheerful book to read It is dark a Operation Wandering Soul mostly takes place in Carver Hospital in Angel City Here, Richard Kraft is a surgeon in the paediatric ward He is overwhelmed by his work load and often runs on autopilot He is also, for reasons we come to discover during the book, overwhelmed by the suffering of the children in his care He meets a therapist called Linda Espera and between them they look to treat a group of children who have damaged bodies and souls.This is not a cheerful book to read It is dark and, in all honesty, even speaking as a confirmed Powers fan, it is over written Meg Wolitzer wrote This book is not easy to love It isn t seductive, and its characters don t spring quickly to life Instead, Mr Powers offers a devastating phantasmagoria of words and images He stuns us with his vast reserve of knowledge He doesn t take us by the hand and gently lead us through his universe Instead, we come kicking and screaming into his vivid and horrific world.And I think that is a fair summary.In my review of Powers novel published before this one The Gold Bug Variations , I wrote that I thought Powers had turned all the dials up to eleven when he wrote But somehow, in that book he gets away with it Here, he has turned the dials even further, broken some of them, and, at the same time, turned his attention to a much darker topic as we see Kraft s mind gradually undone by his inability to cure the children For a while, Linda brings hope in the form of therapy through fiction and through drama, but even that is eventually undone At the end, we are unsure how much is reality and how much is hallucination And then there s a brief coda that puts a new spin on the whole book.The narrative is interrupted several times by tellings of well known stories or events that involve groups of children We read about the evacuation of children from London in WWII We read a take on Peter Pan, the 16th century Anabaptist uprising which used children from the street to carry valuables to safety, the Children s Crusade, the Pied Piper of Hamelin.It is very, very clever Powers plays with language His description of television news headlines assight bite Zeitgeistis memorable It takes a brave man to include the phrasethey reach Dijon, where they musterin his book There arewords that I don t know the definition of in this book than in any I have read recently I had to stop looking them up as it was interrupting my reading too much you can make a guess at what most of them must mean In further word play, Richard Kraft is close to Richard Powers kraft is German for force This is something Powers will doexplicitly in his next novel Galatea 2.2 which is about a man called Richard Powers who has written novels with the same names as those I have recently read by Richard Powers If you see what I mean And whilst projecting forward through Powers at this point future novels, the child Joy with her refusal to be disheartened by her illness and its consequences could well be a prototype of Thassa in the upcoming Generosity An Enhancement , and there is mention of a banyan tree which goes on to play a role in Powers twelfth novel The Overstory.But, in the end, even I have to admit that perhaps this is a book to admire rather than to love If you like Richard Powers, you should read it, but it perhaps one for completists only I have reduced my rating from 4 to 3 stars as I have to acknowledge that it is all a bit too much ORIGINAL REVIEW UPDATE a few days after completing the book Despite what it says below, I have just noticed that I have given4 star reviews to Mr Powers than I have 5 stars In my head, I have given nearly all his books 5 stars, so maybe I need to back and adjust the ratings on here Or maybe this one should be 3 stars, but that would not be right considering I debated 5 stars for this one, too.Everything I have come to expect from Mr Powers is here andMaybe just a bit too much , which is why only 4 stars when I normally give his books 5 It is a challenging read I ve seen Powers compared to Pynchon and, of the seven of his books I ve read, this is the one that most fits that long complicated sentences, snippets of songs thrown in, a sort of stream of consciousness that is best read by letting it wash over you and, as I think is often the case with Pynchon, best read out loud, although, to spare my wife, I didn t actually do that.This is one of the most intense books I have ever read In some ways, it s almost a companion novel to the one he wrote before this The Gold Bug Variations In Gold Bug, Powers investigates DNA and the origins of life and he leaves you wondering how, given everything that can go wrong, life ever actually happens and works properly In OWS, he has a surgeon and nurse treating children where everything has gone wrong, either genetically or through the mistreatment the world has dished out to them It is a nightmare scenario that is presented and it s not an easy read.The writing is, as always with Powers, incredible There s a sense that he has been back over every sentence numerous times looking for ways to make itunusual,arresting,thought provoking If anything, it s a bit too much in this book To be fair, I d need to read it again about 20 times to give a clear view on that, though.A powerful, intense story full of powerful and intense sentences and paragraphs

  4. says:

    OWS was a psychological warfare tactic employed to disrupt the enemy during the Vietnam War and Richard Powers adopted it for a title to his book about the plight of children worldwide and across time, a topic sadly relevant today as ever Just this morning headlines include a story of widespread child trafficking ring busted up and the gripping details exposed Child abuse most agree is the lowest form of inhumanity, but then how can we rid the world of this bane once and for all Well, a nov OWS was a psychological warfare tactic employed to disrupt the enemy during the Vietnam War and Richard Powers adopted it for a title to his book about the plight of children worldwide and across time, a topic sadly relevant today as ever Just this morning headlines include a story of widespread child trafficking ring busted up and the gripping details exposed Child abuse most agree is the lowest form of inhumanity, but then how can we rid the world of this bane once and for all Well, a novel can speak to and show fault, even display hope, but the work is ours Adults RP is a gifted novelist that is no doubt, his vast array of topics are deployed in search of truth and redemption and so he is an evangelist of sorts He seeks an enlightened emergent humanity in spite of our seemingly intransigence can we evolve beyond the bonds of cruelty, foster fellowship and basic honest decency that starts with raising children worldwide in a respectful way so that this earth may go on being Pie and sky my cynic side says but I want to dream otherwise and books like OWS stimulate hope turned to passionate do something, anything, right This book packs a lot in its 350 pages, it bounces and moves myth, medium and measure to task relating its message some and several reviewers complain too difficult to comprehend that s what careful, skilled reading AND rereading are for If he, as those say, was gilding the lily so s what You think it s child s play to call humanity to task Peter Pan and the Pied Piper both instruct and plead your suspending doubt just enough to see the crack in this world s veneer and like Buddha sitting under Bodhi open to a vision of realization if suffer we must let it be deserving to our latent nature of belonging to what is deep good in us Amen

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    There are very few books that I will not finish once I ve started them Operation Wandering Soul was very nearly one of them I really can t say that I enjoyed this book much at all If, like me, you are big on novels with clearly cut, linear plot lines, then OWS is definitely not for you At any given moment, I had no idea what was going on there s no real stream of consciousness or anything that traditionally defines most fiction.In spite of all that, I still feel that this is actually a real There are very few books that I will not finish once I ve started them Operation Wandering Soul was very nearly one of them I really can t say that I enjoyed this book much at all If, like me, you are big on novels with clearly cut, linear plot lines, then OWS is definitely not for you At any given moment, I had no idea what was going on there s no real stream of consciousness or anything that traditionally defines most fiction.In spite of all that, I still feel that this is actually a really good book Richard Powers is obviously a highly intelligent author perhaps a bit TOO intelligent for me, personally, but I have no doubt that there are many who can actually follow his train of thought Even I could pick up on some of what Powers seems to be trying to say with the story there were times when I ALMOST had it, and I could feel how profound the whole idea behind everything isand then I d lose it At any rate, I m glad I finished OWS, but I highly doubt that I will ever attempt another novel by this author

  6. says:

    With this review of Operation Wandering Soul, I also recommend all of Richard Powers novels His novels range across the spectrum of United States taken on industry and cancer Gain and so muchOperation Wandering Soul delivers a frentic kalideoscopical narrative that maps the US incursions into Southeast Asia on the bodies of indigent children in a futuristic Los Angeles Hospital Kraft, a pediatric surgeon, suffers from nostalgia or PTSD struggles to save a group of cancer disease ri With this review of Operation Wandering Soul, I also recommend all of Richard Powers novels His novels range across the spectrum of United States taken on industry and cancer Gain and so muchOperation Wandering Soul delivers a frentic kalideoscopical narrative that maps the US incursions into Southeast Asia on the bodies of indigent children in a futuristic Los Angeles Hospital Kraft, a pediatric surgeon, suffers from nostalgia or PTSD struggles to save a group of cancer disease ridden children while the children try to save themselves The first 50 or so pages were daunting but once the rhythms of the novel catch hold you will be amazed that this first rate novelists is not better known

  7. says:

    During my reading of Infinite Jest I printed an interview with Mr Wallace from salon.com How quaint that memory remains I printed an article and kept it with me for weeks it was the 90s He mentioned his favorite contemporaries, among which was Richard Powers I had not a clue I came across a copy of this a month later, perhaps This was illustrtive in how we eat our young Substitute our addled, our poor, our maimed per your whim.

  8. says:

    There was a a lot of promise in this novel about a pediatric surgeon but Powers seemed to lose control in the second half and obfuscated the prose to the degree that the emotional impact of the book was nullified and the pleasure I was experiencing was lost Perhaps those looking for a challenge would like it .

  9. says:

    Opaque to the point of oblivion There were many moments when I was a hummingbird s flutter from throwing the book across the room A torture to read It almost read as if the author had something to prove why else write an entire book with so little actual plot and character development I think Powers is amazing, a brilliant writer, a treasure His novels force the reader to focus on humanity as a whole rather than the narrower, individualistic focus of traditional novels However, we can fin Opaque to the point of oblivion There were many moments when I was a hummingbird s flutter from throwing the book across the room A torture to read It almost read as if the author had something to prove why else write an entire book with so little actual plot and character development I think Powers is amazing, a brilliant writer, a treasure His novels force the reader to focus on humanity as a whole rather than the narrower, individualistic focus of traditional novels However, we can find hope in the individual human story often missing from the global human story There is beauty in the individual as a mass, we are a disaster.High level message theme Earth and everything on it is doomed humans have destroyed everything beyond recognition Death for all would be a blessing An example is on page 165 the species is clinically psychotic Pathetic, deranged, intrinsically, irreversibly mercury poisoned by nature, by birth History, current events take your pick examples abound regarding the absolute cesspool that is humanity Nothing is sacred, not even our children in the face of so much destruction Whole pages long rambling adjective weighted sections were written about the dismal LA traffic, the health care system, the state of the environment, the various ways children are dying in our toxic world spoiled by human greed Themes Operation Wandering Soul was a propaganda technique used during the Vietnam War, taking advantage of the Vietnamese belief that souls cannot rest until the body is buried in their homeland The stories about how children overcome juxtaposed against the current reality Pied Piper, Peter Pan, the evacuation of London of its children in WWIIt was incredibly dark and negative Only read this book from an optimistic POV so you have somewhere to go before you hit the bottom My favorite parts were the mostly familiar children s stories like the Pied Piper written through Powers lens these seemed to offer some ray of hope, some 1% chance of happily ever after Even in these familiar stories, however, the children are harmed where do the children go in the Pied Piper story One possibility is a heaven like place, but Powers hints otherwise isn t it na ve to assume that the piper would kill all the rats but spare all the children And during WWI, when they evacuated the children, did all end up in the hands of good people Of course not After doing some online research, some literary critics state Powers purpose is an effort to challenge the idea of narrative As Linda and Kraft slowly realize, telling these dying inner city children the traditional fairy tales where the bad guy loses and the good guy is triumphant is a load of garbage Narrative is a lie And the reader who Powers addresses w a pop quiz hello, reader writer, meet one another is participating in a narrativethat is also a lie

  10. says:

    There is no in between with Richard Powers books either they re great or they suck This one sucked I could not finish it and I was on a desert island It was my only book Good thing I returned to civilization.

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