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by Richard. Powers

  • Author: Richard. Powers
  • ISBN: 0140119574
  • ISBN13: 978-0140119572
  • ePub: 1785 kb | FB2: 1271 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (1989)
  • Pages: 352
  • Rating: 4.7/5
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Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance ePub download

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance is Richard Powers' first novel written over two years and published in 1985 to critical acclaim

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance is Richard Powers' first novel written over two years and published in 1985 to critical acclaim. The novel follows the journeys of three young European boys represented in a circa 1913 or 1914 photograph by August Sander. Two parallel narratives - one in the voice suspected to be the author, whose surname, we learn, starts with P - offer contemporary perspectives and illustrate the interconnectedness of events

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance. In the spring of 1914, renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance.

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance. Last Updated: March 21, 2018 by semper2013. A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist (1985). This haunting image, capturing the last moments of innocence on the brink of World War I, provides the central focus of Powers’s brilliant and compelling novel. As the fate of the three farmers is chronicled, two contemporary stories unfold.

Автор: Powers, Richard Название: Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance Издательство: HarperCollins USA . Описание: Another marvel of literary fiction by the National Book Award-nominated author of Galatea . and Plowing the Dark, repackaged for today’s audiences.

Описание: Another marvel of literary fiction by the National Book Award-nominated author of Galatea .

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Richard Powers was born on June 18, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois. This photograph inspired him to quit his job and try writing a novel. Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance was published in 1985. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts and worked as a computer programmer and freelance data processor. His other works include Prisoner's Dilemma; The Gold Bug Variations; Operation Wandering Soul; Galatea . ; Plowing the Dark; The Time of Our Singing; and Generosity: An Enhancement.

In the spring of 1914, renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance

In the spring of 1914, renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance. This haunting image, capturing the last moments of innocence on the brink of World War I, provides the central focus of Powers's brilliant and compelling novel.

Home USA Richard Powers Three Farmers on Their Way to a. .In all of these stories Powers speculates at great length on technology and, i.

Home USA Richard Powers Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance. Richard Powers: Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance. Powers’ first novel takes as its starting point August Sander‘s photo of three farmers on the way to a dance, in Germany in 1914, before World War I, and often seen as representative of an innocence which was about to disappear forever. In all of these stories Powers speculates at great length on technology and, in particular, how it has led to mass destruction, on photography and the history and technology of photography as well as on various other asides, such as Henry Ford’s Peace Ship and Sarah Bernhardt.

Also by richard powers. Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance. He cups a bag of ratty books on his lap. No; look harder: a ruggedized plastic sack inscribed with bright harvest cornucopia that issues the trademarked slogan, Total Satisfaction. The Gold Bug Variations. plus so much more! His spine curls in subway contrition, and his shoulders apologize for taking up any public space at all.

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of.

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He has also won many other awards over the course of his career, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Marg
Witty but complex. Spend some time early on getting a handle on the characters because the book jumps from one to another - a lot. You can read the Amazon description for the details. The male characters run the gamut of personality types (I won't spoil it by describing them). Some you will like; some you won't. Each plays a key part in the development of the story.

This is the first of Power's books I have read and I will be going after more. If, as other reviewers have indicated, the others show Power's growth from this first novel, I am looking forward to several good reads.
invasion
Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance is a stunning debut novel from Richard Powers. He weaves three (seemingly) unrelated stories into a tapestry that spans both space and time. I was completely immersed in this novel. Powers' descriptive skill and his evocative settings sweep the reader into a world that is both timeless and genuine. I heartily recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading.
mIni-Like
Richard Powers’ 1985 debut novel, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, makes it clear that from the very beginning Powers was in full possession of his namesake gifts: the power of rich, fresh language and the power of inventive and compelling narrative. Add to those qualities some obvious work, including intellectual grounding in fields such as history and science, and you have a writer of considerable weight. Among the major delights of this early book is a take on Henry Ford that might make even E. L. Doctorow equivocal about his claim to that turf.

It doesn’t hurt that all of this turns out to be fun. In sentence after sentence, Powers’ enjoyment in writing becomes our enjoyment in reading, as with this representative plum: “Aside from having once spent a month and a half asking everyone I met if they knew a song with the words ‘a lingering lass in her party dress,’ a line I knew from somewhere but could not place, I had never been obsessed.”

If you find yourself having trouble keeping track of characters and narrative threads, relax. As you go along, things become clearer (when they’re not getting more complicated), and whatever else it may be, the journey is never dull.

This is not a writer who skimps. Each of the 27 chapters bears a chapter title and an epigraph, with the epigraphs ranging from Sigmund Freud to BarbaraTuchman.

The opening section of Chapter 6 should do to let you know how energetically this book runs. The chapter title is Two Leads on a Fata Morgana, and the epigraph comes from Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons: “You see what I’m doing: there was an empty space left in the trunk which I’m filling with hay; that’s how it is in our life’s baggage; no matter what we stuff it with, it’s better than having an empty space.”

Then here’s how the chapter gets rolling:

“I found my thri-i-ill
In John Stuart Mill …”

“Delaney’s voice strongly resembled a Phantom jet in the hands of a developing nation. His strafing run had as objective a reticent molded-plastic-cum-printed-circuit-card that generated what the magazine referred to as “fully user-programmable” coffee. The machine, however, had long since rewritten its own software, and now refused to wander from REHEAT MODE. Although the machine’s microprocessor could make decisions in milliseconds, it invariably decided to do the same thing time and again: bring the water to 65 degrees and dribble it miserably into the waiting flask. The U. S Army had , at Arlennes, 1917, devised a method — big pot of lukewarm water with grounds stirred in — that beat the IC technology in both taste and throughput.

“Delaney, having changed his tune this quarter hour ever so slightly to ‘I found my thrill in diddling Jill,’ perhaps knowing somewhere in his voluminous preconscious that by cashing his checks on Powell Trade Magazines Group, he morally obligated himself to accomplish at least a little something each morning, annexed a cup and made his best imitation of a straight line toward Mary’s module.

“ ‘Do you realize that if I stretched out your small intestine it would reach all the way to the latrine and back? Save you the trip.’ ” (Onstage you would pause before that final line. I actually had that thought while reading. It’s that kind of book.)

Here’s a character at the theater in chapter 15: “Looking over the gallery, Mays concluded that most people who came t o the theater did so because it met the requirement of what bygone eras had called ‘hobbies’: it was expensive, it produced nothing useful, and it killed time. The problem with getting by was no longer that life was nasty, brutish, and short. Lately, the difficulty was that life had become comfy, ghoulish, and long.”

The unrelenting send-up of war (specifically the First World War) is irresistible: “The European War had come about because the Germans were too industrious to be observant while the French were too observant to do anything, and two such radically opposed temperaments could not exist side by side on the same map.”

As the memorable old Mrs. Schreck memorably observes in the golden chapter 22, after laughter: “We laughed until we rotted.” Moments later the narrator observes: “The path of even the straightest of lives winds strangely.” Top those, anyone.

It does have to be said that occasionally the narrative is arrested when Powers inserts a nearly extraneous essay, as with the discussion of photography that opens chapter 19. I was beginning to nod when the narrative welcomely returned after 14 pages. Well, Powers’ essays are less bothersome than Tolstoy’s sermons, and when the narrative does resume, we immediately get this:

“On a Wednesday afternoon, just after one, the drizzle of a false January spring began slowly, imperceptibly to crystallize into a flurry of snow. I had skipped work, calling in a lie about my returning to the Midwest for a family emergency. The couple in the apartment directly above mine were also home and fighting, as was their natural idiom. The woman alternately screamed and laughed in pleasure. The man begged, pleaded, threatened, and destroyed furniture. I could not hear the issue.”

There now — you’ve been teased and warned.
Shadowredeemer
This review shall be relatively brief for the uncomplicated reason that I don't enjoy reviewing books that I despise. Thus, it's simply a warning to the unwary reader. This is not a novel. It is not a story. The writing is terrible, clunky and so tendentious one wants to feed it to one's dog, or the nearest dog one chances upon after reading it. Other reviewers here warn "simple-minded" readers away if they expect a page-turner or a plot-driven narrative. I would warn the reader away who is in search of deep themes or moving, poetic language. This book has neither. What this book does have is crackpot riffs on great ideas that the author clearly only partially understands. Thus, readers who prefer lecture halls to books might just take to this work, but I'm chary of recommending it even to them. You have to fancy lecturers who are undiluted cranks and spout bubblegum philosophy, history and science, I should say, to appreciate this particular lecture.

What particularly rankled this particular reader was Powers's attempt to appropriate Proust, whom he clearly does not understand. Powers quotes Proust before the book even begins. He quotes him again and again. He cites him numerous times. But he has, sadly, missed Proust's most basic insights. The term "involuntary memory" that Powers uses here and is frequently used in reference to Proust was never used by Proust himself. The experience is much deeper than any term can even begin to convey. The narrator is at Mrs. Shreck's when he attempts to create a Proustian moment for himself:

"I thought that I knew this smell from somewhere in the past, and I tried for a moment to place it. But I soon realized the truth: the smell itself was the memory, and I was anthologizing it and sending it to the future."

No! This is precisely what you cannot do. You don't have that sort of control over life, over yourself, over your memories. You simply don't have that sort of gimcrack X-Files power. Nobody does, even Powers. You can't "send things into the future." To do so, to paraphrase Hamlet, is to pluck out their mystery and leave them impotent. For Proust, it's precisely those smells and stimuli that DO NOT register at all with you when they occur that bring back lost worlds when you mysteriously encounter them years later.

Ah well, maybe this "insight" is more your thing:

"But one might as well say that no one ever got hurt jumping from a tall building until hitting the pavement."

This notion is used to bolster Powers's heavy-handed argument that forces as strong as gravity caused WWI to happen when it did.

Are you taking notes? Good. And do make sure you fully understand the simple mathematics of compound interest, or you'll be harshly ejected from Powers's lecture hall if you still insist on attending.
Shalinrad
A photo - literally, of three farmers on their way to a dance, taken by August Sander in 1914 - shows us the last moments before the calamitous 20th century hit western civilization full force, with atrocities and dislocation and the good and evil of the modern world. Richard Powers takes this indelible image and weaves a brilliant three-part tale: of two men looking for answers to what the picture signified, many years later, and then (as a counterpoint) the "real" story of those farmers from long ago. The less you know the better, but anyone interested in the ways the fiction can uncover the truth behind history, or restore humanity to cold facts of the past, should read this remarkable book. This was Powers' first book, years before he achieved fame and (well deserved) accolades, but he was clearly a fully formed genius from the start.
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