Friday, October 15, 2021
Intensity. I still ache from the intensity of reading Richard Powers novel titled, Bewilderment. We meet Theo Byrne an overworked astrobiologist grieving the death of his wife, and trying to care for their son, Robin, who is on the autism spectrum. Robin has focused on the plight of endangered species, and we feel for him and for Theo as they seem engaged with what’s critically important but disconnected by how others expect them to behave. Father and son find solace in the wild and encounter indifference at home to the plight facing all life on earth. Theo and Robin see the world in ways that everyone should. This novel is a song of love and loss that penetrates a reader’s indifference with an intensity that cries out for our own engagement with what matters. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Bewilderment from amazon.com.