Operation Wandering Soul

Operation Wandering Soul

Richard Powers / May 29, 2020

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  • Title: Operation Wandering Soul
  • Author: Richard Powers
  • ISBN: 9780060976118
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
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      • Richard Powers

        Richard Powers is the author of eleven novels He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the National Book Award.Librarian note There is than one author with this name in the database.


    1. 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. 1.About the language: it seems that every sentence in the book was interrogated for clichés: 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 doct [...]

    2. "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 [...]

    3. UPDATE (a few days after completing the book): Despite what it says below, I have just noticed that I have given more 4 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 and more. Maybe just a bit too much more, which is wh [...]

    4. During my reading of Infinite Jest I printed an interview with Mr. Wallace from salon. 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.

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 much more. Operation 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 [...]

    7. A well-written challenging read. The ending though did not make a whole lot of sense. It seemed to me the ending had the kids escaping with the "Pied Piper" named Christopher to nowhere? Although I thought the ending was nonsensical, I thought the rest of the book was superbly done.An introspective resident surgeon who is doing a PD surgery rotation. I like the metaphor that he uses seeminglessly between the traffic cars stasis to bodies ciculatory system. Even from the beginning, the tone of th [...]

    8. A book I certainly need to reread because, I no doubt, missed some essential points because of the many layers.It isn't an easy read not in the least due to the many wandering souls trying to give meaning to what happens to them, to explain.Beautifully written, rich vocabulary.

    9. Judging by this and The Gold Bug Variations, the only other book of his I've read--as well as a couple of fascinating interviews on Fresh Air, Richard Powers is a brilliant man. His prose overflows with vocabulary that's far beyond what I'm familiar with. And in Gold Bug I didn't mind because I was as swept up in the relationships that novel described as I was in the intellectual ideas they wrestled with.But here, the concerns of the narrator seemed at a greater distance from those of the main c [...]

    10. To read this book is to voluntarily open yourself to unanesthetized soul surgery. To not read this book is an act of despicable cowardice. Your choice.

    11. This novel didn't resonate with me at all. I am slowly reading Powers forward, as I first read The Echo Maker when it was published and was completely captivated. I then read his first three novels in the order they were written, and was equally struck. I was optimistic for this one as well, but disappointed.The novel is set in a children’s ward of a hospital, full of hopeless cases, and the kiddos and staff deal with a world that left them that lot. There is a Pied Piper theme. Hilarity ensue [...]

    12. Creative retelling and use of the Pied Piper story set in the children's ward of a major public hospital in Los Angeles. The caregivers slowly lose themselves as the pain of caring for terminally ill children overwhelms them. The language used throughout is astonishing, conveying the fast descent into madness of the young surgeon and the frenetic activity in the children's ward. Yet the language never fails to convey the pain and loneliness of children in an age when they seem to matter less and [...]

    13. I felt like this book was over my head in parts. The ending was especially confusing, which may be the cause of my relatively low rating for a book I did mostly enjoy. Nominally, it's the story of a jaded young doctor working in a charity hospital in LA and how he comes to care about his patients, some of whom are children with rare, uncurable diseases. It brings in a lot of other elements, though, including the doctor's own childhood and various fables from around the world. Certainly it isn't [...]

    14. I can't say much more other than this book changed my life. I read it at the exact perfect moment in my life and I still hold it in high esteem. Powers is absolutely brilliant intellectually (this may be greatest strength and fault). I found the parallel stories/metaphor of the Pied Piper, the children's crusade, and the dying children in a pediatric oncology floor in an LA hospital very moving. Ultimately the book is a kind of elegy for childhood in our modern and fast paced society. One of my [...]

    15. this was nominated for a National Book Award? nope. do yourself a favor and read Orfeo & The Time Of Our Singing. that's how I got to this one, through my love of the author. The two strong main characters (Dr. Kraft and the girl Joy) are lost in random chapters that don't ever connect to anything.

    16. I'm re-reading this excellent book.Wow! It's better than I remembered.Is it surreal? Is it magically real? It partakes a little of both. The "story" is about a pediatric surgeon in a low rent L.A. hospital. But it takes many paths, including the Children's Crusade and The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Peter Pan.

    17. David Foster Wallace vouched for this book, so I read it. It was wonderful. Prose like an artillery barrage of mystery, taking life and looking at it from angles you had never considered before. Got me through my son's surgeries.

    18. I'm only 50 pages into this book but I cannot even continue reading it. It's just all over the place. I have no idea what is going on and some pages had me falling asleep. It's just not enjoyable enough for me to finish.

    19. Overwritten even for Powers, so much that I couldn’t make it past halfway. It’s almost as if he wanted to one-up The Gold Bug Variations, and lost control. What a disappointment.

    20. This was very evocative in its tone, and was full of medical expertise, but in the end, this blowsy novel about a surreal children's hospital in southern California left me in the waiting room from hell .

    21. This has the brilliance I expect from Richard Powers: a deft and complex use of language conveying the convolutions of emotional inner lives. My only criticism is that sometimes it was difficult to extract the plot from the stream of consciousness of the main character.

    22. I refuse to continue reading this book. I'm more than 1/3 of the way through, alternately dozing and panicking. Just not enjoyable.

    23. For me, Richard Powers can be hard to read because he is so masterful with words that I get hung up on his beautifully constructed sentences and loose track of the story! Great book.

    24. Richard Powers is introspective. All of his books weave together seemingly incongruent worlds. This book is touching. It is not for lazy readers, however. His books are a challenge.

    25. Amazingly written possibly the most INTENSE beautiful book I've ever read. It's very dark, but balanced with neutral philosophy that shocked me and left me staring blankly only able to say "damn."

    26. powers' works are so both emotionally and intellectually demanding that this one was just too depressing for me.

    27. It would've a brilliant book if Powers could've managed to stay out of his own way. It fails to crystalize into anything significant. And the protagonist's arc, Kraft, doesn't work very well at all.

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