Gold Bug Variations

Paperback | December 1, 1993

byRichard Powers

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A national bestseller, voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991, selected as one of the "Best Books of 1991" by Publishers Weekly, and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award--a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love, science, music, and art, by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance.

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A national bestseller, voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991, selected as one of the "Best Books of 1991" by Publishers Weekly, and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award--a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love, science, music, and art, by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance.

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A national bestseller, voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991, selected as one of the "Best Books of 1991" by Publishers Weekly, and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award--a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love, science, music, and art, by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance.

Richard Powers is a MacArthur Fellow. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1.5 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060975008

ISBN - 13:9780060975005

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An intellectual feast This is one of my favorite novels, by one of my favorite authors. It reminded me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which had a great deal of influence on me in my adolescence. Both were "about" so many different subjects that one was inspired to explore further afterwards. Powers consistently whets my appetite for new subjects; Gold Bug Variations is the perfect example. How extaordinary to read a novel that compells one to run off and gather research material quite joyfully. I dug out my Edgar Allan Poe anthology to read Tale of the Gold Bug, and borrowed a friend's Gould version of the Goldberg Variations. I checked an encyclopedia to read about the early days of DNA research. I didn't have time when I first read this two years ago to do the Art History reseach, but hope to reread the novel soon with that material at hand. The writing style is mesmerizing, inducing that dream-like state I fall into when I read an Ann Tyler novel. And, a thousand blessings on Powers' head for allowing his wonderful heroine librarian to be so sexy, headstrong and brilliant. In other words, for portraying us just as we are. "Gas station attendant of the mind" indeed. Read this novel, read any of Powers'novels. Prepare to be challenged, prepare to be intoxicated.
Date published: 1999-09-10

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A national bestseller, voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991, selected as one of the "Best Books of 1991" by Publishers Weekly, and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award--a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love, science, music, and art, by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance.

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"The most lavishly ambitious American novel since Gravity's Rainbow...An outright marvel."(Washington Post)