Andrew’s Brain by EL Doctorow – A Review
This work is short and intriguing as you are more or less inside Andrew’s brain, experiencing his thoughts and speech and everything in between. The work is brilliantly written, according to EL Doctorow fans, and fits well with the high caliber that readers have come to expect from Doctorow’s works. Despite his advanced age during the writing of this work (Doctorow is 82), the work is crisp and follows the same writing techniques he has employed before to bring confusion to the reader yet draw you in quickly and keep you hooked until the last page turns.
The end seems a bit rushed to even diehard Doctorow fans. It does not completely provide satisfaction to the reader. The work itself is a bit heavy-handed in discussing aspects of the brain, since Andrew is a neuroscientist. It does have an intriguing path that it follows to share information with the reader and get you to the climax of the story.
This is something that can not be shared without completely giving away the storyline and ruining the work for the potential reader. Therefore, let it be said that readers enjoy the story – some of whom say it takes a while to get an idea of what is going on – and are entertained if somewhat disappointed with the finale of the story.
Readers do note Andrew is a more sinister character than those in other Doctorow works. Since the work is a bit complex and the character less endearing, readers advise this not be the first Doctorow work for a new reader to get into to get a true idea of Doctorow’s writing. Instead, pick up a better-known and better-received work. Still, this is a worthwhile read for most of those who have undertaken the task.