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Powers published this stunning debut novel at the age of 28. An actual photo taken by August Sander, the Austrian photographer of the common man, of three farmers walking down a road in western Europe in August 1914 serves as the centerpiece for a meditation on history (especially the Great War) and its undercurrents, mass production (Henry Ford is a character in the story), photography, solitude and loss. A young computer designer in 1980s Boston tries to track down the truths behind the photo as well as flirting with a waitress downtown. There is much sophisticated playing with words as well as ideas, and Powers indulges a facility with aphorisms in this book more than his others ("History is the army of occupation, and we are all collaborators") as well as his usual wise-guy lines ("I used to be a Catholic, but I found I could get all the suffering I needed by going in to work").
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Plot & Themes

Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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