Summaries 1 Summaries Generosity is an in depth look at the issue of homelessness. Through five main characters, the film explores five very different perspectives and asks the viewer to "just how close is anyone to homelessness? After his mother takes ill and he is wrongly accused of embezzlement, his life quickly unravels and he finds himself out on the streets. Chloe is a tortured but spirited teenager who has run away from home.
Powers specialises in ambitious, intensively researched fictions built around conjunctions of big ideas: In addition to science, Powers knows about music, literature and history, and his novels typically stage scenarios in which scientism and humanism glower at one another while circling a large question raised by the plot.
Does a computer program that can pass the Turing test have consciousness?
What do such disorders as Capgras syndrome tell us about the nature of cognition? Powers, in other words, aims to bridge the two cultures — a good thing to want to do, but one that also leaves him vulnerable to anti-intellectualism from both sides of the gap.
And not just anti-intellectualism: That might not be fair to such widely praised novels as Galatea 2. Generosity — is there a play on "gene" in there?
He responds by hitting the library and the internet and diagnoses hyperthymia: A media feeding-frenzy breaks out around Thassa, the supposed possessor of the "happiness gene", and after some big thematic set-pieces — a debate between Kurton and a pessimistic, JM Coetzee-like writer, and an appearance by Thassa on an Oprah-like chat show — the plot starts teaching the characters to moderate their more extreme positions.
Powers is careful not to show the reader too much of Thassa doing her happiness thing directly.The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby's neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after , when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman.
Dive deep into Richard Powers' Generosity with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Oct 04, · As it turns out, his new novel, “Generosity,” is an excellent introduction to Powers’s work, a lighter, leaner treatment of his favorite themes and techniques.
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