Book Review: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Looking for your next read? Check out Bewilderment by Richard Powers, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Michael S.

April was Autism Awareness Month-according to the Autismspeaks.org website, AAM was created to foster greater understanding, appreciation and support for the those affected by it.

In Bewilderment, Richard Powers has written both a touching story about widowed father, Theo and his nine year old, special needs son, Robin, navigating the world alone.

Following some trouble in school, Theo is urged to put his son on medication. Refusing to do so, he instead enrolls Robin in a series of experimental brain treatments. In what is reminiscent of the science fiction classic, Flowers for Algernon, for a time, the treatments seem to be working… However, the surprise ending is both sad and strangely satisfying. Mr. Powers gift is to take a complex, science based story and make it simple enough to appeal to our hearts as well as our minds. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, it is a novel you won’t soon forget.

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