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The Gold Bug Variations free read ´ 6 Richard Powers ê 6 read review The Gold Bug Variations The plot hinges on two love affairs the first set in the 1950s between two scientists intent on discovering the mysteries of DNA; the second in the 1980s between two lovers who befrie. This was my penultimate Powers novel I haven t yet managed to get hold of a copy of Prisoner s Dilemma its immediate predecessor It is a book which I had been looking forward to because of its musical content and some interesting reviews but for me it did not uite meet my high expectations perhaps because Powers just had too many ideas to shoehorn in and the result is over long and uite hard work to read I am not sure I fully understood the scientific content eitherThere are three main characters the main narrator is Jan O Deigh a librarian whose job involves answering uestions from the public so perhaps a human forerunner of Google Alexa et al Two of her uestioners are Stuart Ressler who spots an error in her daily today in history piece so she is a proto Wikipedia too Franklin Todd Ressler s colleague in his night shift job in a financial company s computer centre also approaches her wanting to know what Ressler s past involved Ressler turns out to have been a brilliant but somewhat erratic researcher in genetics back in the mid 1950s when the first attempts were being made to understand DNA encoding A young female colleague introduces him to Bach s Goldberg variations which is the other main linking theme In the modern part of the story Jan starts visiting the two men in the data centre starting an affair with Todd and getting increasingly drawn to Ressler and his genetic puzzlesAs always Powers devotes a lot of space to exploring his technical scientific and musical subject matter not necessarily with academic rigour but detailed enough to get an understanding of why he is so interested in them For me though the human aspects of the story were a little weak so I don t think this one will ever be my favourite Powers novel A lingua de fora uite meet my high expectations perhaps because Powers just had too many ideas to shoehorn in and the result is over long and No Breaking My Heart Barefoot William Beach #5 uestions from the public so perhaps a human forerunner of Google Alexa et al Two of her A Biography of Innovations uestioners are Stuart Ressler who spots an error in her daily today in history piece so she is a proto Wikipedia too Franklin Todd Ressler s colleague in his night shift job in a financial company s computer centre also approaches her wanting to know what Ressler s past involved Ressler turns out to have been a brilliant but somewhat erratic researcher in genetics back in the mid 1950s when the first attempts were being made to Ni arte ni parte understand DNA encoding A young female colleague introduces him to Bach s Goldberg variations which is the other main linking theme In the modern part of the story Jan starts visiting the two men in the data centre starting an affair with Todd and getting increasingly drawn to Ressler and his genetic puzzlesAs always Powers devotes a lot of space to exploring his technical scientific and musical subject matter not necessarily with academic rigour but detailed enough to get an Ni arte ni parte understanding of why he is so interested in them For me though the human aspects of the story were a little weak so I don t think this one will ever be my favourite Powers novel

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The Gold Bug Variations free read ´ 6 Richard Powers ê 6 read review The Gold Bug Variations Nd the scientist featured in the novel's flashbacksA national bestseller voted by Time as the #1 novel of 1991 selected as one of the Best Books of 1991 by Publishers Weekly and nomin. Music of the Genetic CodeEach time I have finished reading a book by the author The Echo Maker The Time of Our Singing and Orfeo true Powers fans have chimed in with Ah but you must try The Gold Bug Variations For them apparently it stands as a gold standard of the author s work It is certainly the richest most knowledge packed monster marvel of a book by Powers or just about anyone else that you could hope to read Totally amazing but also immensely challenging I can t help thinking that many of these friends are patting themselves on the back for having got through it at all I certainly feel that way myselfIt was especially interesting to compare it with Orfeo published almost a uarter century later So similar are the themes that it is impossible not to see Orfeo as a later revisiting of the earlier novel trimming it down changing its proportions and bringing the science up to date Both feature a protagonist who is both a scientist and a musician In Orfeo this is Peter Els a chemist turned composer who does simple gene splicing in a kitchen laboratory In The Gold Bug Variations it is Stuart Ressler who had a brief brush with fame in the 1950s on the cutting edge of cracking the genetic code Now almost a recluse he works night shifts in a computer processing warehouse in Brooklyn incessantly playing Bach s Goldberg Variations on a scratchy gramophone Powers would make even of the musical element in Orfeo giving that novel an extended lyrical feel that it not to be found here But whether he is writing about Bach here or music of our own time in the later book his treatment of music is utterly superb he has made me hear new things in a work that I have been trying to play for the past twenty yearsThe Goldbergs underpin the Gold Bugs in every possible way The novel has thirty chapters and an opening and closing aria paralleling Bach s aria and thirty variations although only a handful of Powers chapters are clearly tied to the musical form of the individual variation But the concentration on form is central Ressler is concerned with how the arrangement of the bases Adenine Cytosine Guanine and Thymine on the double helix strands of DNA may map out the structure of a cell an organism an individual and ultimately every aspect of life in which that individual takes part DNA is the key to our individuality it is also what we pass on to our children ensuring our continuation beyond death Like Orfeo this earlier novel is a book about death and the conuest of death through genetic inheritance indeed it opens with the news that Ressler has died What if anything has he passed on to succeeding generations Why did he abandon science when he was apparently on the threshold of its holy of holiesEdgar Allan Poe s short story The Gold Bug does than provide a nicely punning title for Powers novel it is also the first introduction of cryptography into fiction To call the work of Stuart Ressler and his real life contemporaries in molecular biology code breaking is than a metaphor it in fact has much in common with both mathematics and linguistics Codes and information retrieval play a large part in the novel from renaissance iconography to computer programming Ressler s fascination with the Goldberg Variations is only partly sensual he is in awe at the rigor with which Bach built a towering structure on a simple thirty two measure bass interspersing a series of strict canons with virtuoso displays and genre pieces of many different kinds The same combination of rigor and jeu d esprit is found in the writing which sometimes has the expository clarity of a book of non fiction nay a whole library of them sometimes twines itself into an intricate knot of the most brilliant puns and allusions sometimes hooks you with simple narrative that is unexpectedly direct and movingFor yes it does have a story although there are times when you begin to wonder The principal character is not actually Ressler but the narrator a reference librarian of around thirty named Jan O Deigh She gets to know Ressler when his coworker on the computer night shift a young art historian named Franklin Todd Frank or Frankers asks her to research his reticent colleague It will surprise no one that Jan and Frank fall in love though it takes a long time to get them there No surprise either that Stuart Ressler s annus mirabilis of science should also have included a love affair of his own Like base pairs on a double helix the two love stories spiral around one another at a twenty five year remove Whether heart warming or heart breaking they open all kinds of other uestions about the connections between human beings and these cannot all be solved by reference to the genetic code For this is also a book about splitting and recombining the kind that people do not just cellsIt is not a simple book did I make that clear Even the double helix is an inadeuate analogy for its narrative techniue It opens as I say with Franklin sending Jan news of Ressler s death But by this time Jan and Frank have split up and are no longer in touch Jan uits the library and sets herself to spend a year researching Stuart Ressler s life his former scientific field and his ever present music At the same time she is trying to work out where Frank can be piecing together clues from the occasional missives he sends from foreign countries So any one chapter may contain a section set in the lonely present another a year or so earlier when Jan used to visit the two men amid the whirring machinery in their night workshop and another a uarter century before that capturing the ferment of discovery in the labs of the University of Illinois Oh and those arabesues of intellectual legerdemain that I mentioned earlier pages of exposition on just about every subject under the sun a veritable Bartlett s of assorted uotations that Jan would post on the board in her job as librarian a grab bag of interesting factoids that she would research in her answers on the uestion Board and the freuent This Day in History feature serving to place the story not only in its time but in the context of the entire millennium Sometimes I think Powers tried to put everything he knew into a single novel as though afraid he would not get to write another Well he did write others many of them just as intelligent but generally better focused than this oneYet this is utterly extraordinary Despite its weighty ualifications as a door stop it opens windows onto wider landscapes and entrancing airs than one could ever have thought possible May God Bless You Dear uarter century later So similar are the themes that it is impossible not to see Orfeo as a later revisiting of the earlier novel trimming it down changing its proportions and bringing the science The Sun that Rose from the Earth up to date Both feature a protagonist who is both a scientist and a musician In Orfeo this is Peter Els a chemist turned composer who does simple gene splicing in a kitchen laboratory In The Gold Bug Variations it is Stuart Ressler who had a brief brush with fame in the 1950s on the cutting edge of cracking the genetic code Now almost a recluse he works night shifts in a computer processing warehouse in Brooklyn incessantly playing Bach s Goldberg Variations on a scratchy gramophone Powers would make even of the musical element in Orfeo giving that novel an extended lyrical feel that it not to be found here But whether he is writing about Bach here or music of our own time in the later book his treatment of music is Sonetos del Amor Oscuro ; Divan del Tamarit utterly superb he has made me hear new things in a work that I have been trying to play for the past twenty yearsThe Goldbergs Cómo viajar sin ver underpin the Gold Bugs in every possible way The novel has thirty chapters and an opening and closing aria paralleling Bach s aria and thirty variations although only a handful of Powers chapters are clearly tied to the musical form of the individual variation But the concentration on form is central Ressler is concerned with how the arrangement of the bases Adenine Cytosine Guanine and Thymine on the double helix strands of DNA may map out the structure of a cell an organism an individual and Three Merchants of Bombay ultimately every aspect of life in which that individual takes part DNA is the key to our individuality it is also what we pass on to our children ensuring our continuation beyond death Like Orfeo this earlier novel is a book about death and the conuest of death through genetic inheritance indeed it opens with the news that Ressler has died What if anything has he passed on to succeeding generations Why did he abandon science when he was apparently on the threshold of its holy of holiesEdgar Allan Poe s short story The Gold Bug does than provide a nicely punning title for Powers novel it is also the first introduction of cryptography into fiction To call the work of Stuart Ressler and his real life contemporaries in molecular biology code breaking is than a metaphor it in fact has much in common with both mathematics and linguistics Codes and information retrieval play a large part in the novel from renaissance iconography to computer programming Ressler s fascination with the Goldberg Variations is only partly sensual he is in awe at the rigor with which Bach built a towering structure on a simple thirty two measure bass interspersing a series of strict canons with virtuoso displays and genre pieces of many different kinds The same combination of rigor and jeu d esprit is found in the writing which sometimes has the expository clarity of a book of non fiction nay a whole library of them sometimes twines itself into an intricate knot of the most brilliant puns and allusions sometimes hooks you with simple narrative that is Malgudi Adventures unexpectedly direct and movingFor yes it does have a story although there are times when you begin to wonder The principal character is not actually Ressler but the narrator a reference librarian of around thirty named Jan O Deigh She gets to know Ressler when his coworker on the computer night shift a young art historian named Franklin Todd Frank or Frankers asks her to research his reticent colleague It will surprise no one that Jan and Frank fall in love though it takes a long time to get them there No surprise either that Stuart Ressler s annus mirabilis of science should also have included a love affair of his own Like base pairs on a double helix the two love stories spiral around one another at a twenty five year remove Whether heart warming or heart breaking they open all kinds of other Python of Pura Malai and Other Stories uestions about the connections between human beings and these cannot all be solved by reference to the genetic code For this is also a book about splitting and recombining the kind that people do not just cellsIt is not a simple book did I make that clear Even the double helix is an inadeuate analogy for its narrative techniue It opens as I say with Franklin sending Jan news of Ressler s death But by this time Jan and Frank have split SuperFreakonomics Global Cooling Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance up and are no longer in touch Jan The Malavikagnimitram of Kalidasa With the Commentary of Katayavema Various Readings Introduction Translation into English and Critical Explanatory notes uits the library and sets herself to spend a year researching Stuart Ressler s life his former scientific field and his ever present music At the same time she is trying to work out where Frank can be piecing together clues from the occasional missives he sends from foreign countries So any one chapter may contain a section set in the lonely present another a year or so earlier when Jan Tocarnos la cara used to visit the two men amid the whirring machinery in their night workshop and another a Ensayos bonsai uarter century before that capturing the ferment of discovery in the labs of the University of 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The Gold Bug Variations free read ´ 6 Richard Powers ê 6 read review The Gold Bug Variations Ated for a National Book Critics Circle Award a magnificent story that probes the meaning of love science music and art by the brilliant author of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Danc. function bookReview motifCount wordPlayStyle1 wordPlayStyle2 KeyMessage arg1 motifCount arg2 wordPlayStyle1 arg3 wordPlayStyle2 arg3 KeyMessage var KeyMessage writeReview motifCount wordPlayStyle1 wordPlayStyle2 KeyMessage return KeyMessage writeReview var GoldbergReview bookReview 3 pun metaphor The overriding importance of the infinite arising from the simple print GoldbergReview Published in 1991 and scooping up several much deserved awards Richard Powers third novel is a rich musical cypher of a novel function DecipherCypherNarratively it s about a scientist s study of the chemical structure of DNA and two relationships divided by 30 years In the 1950 s Stuart Ressler the young biological scientist is embedded in the study of deciphering the genetic code In the 80 s Ressler becomes the focus of a studious librarian and programmer when they discover him working the graveyard shift in a computer processing lab Structurally thematically syntactically and linguistically read four note theme it s about how the DNA code relates to the musical composition of Bach s Goldberg Variationsplus systems that can generate infinite possibility and in turn how it reveals truths about genetics and romanceThe four note theme within Bach s composition is itself embedded within the overarching structure of the book the triangulation of the three characters This structure is inherent in the novel s three major motifs Two relate to codethe bug in Gold Bug itself a pun genetic code and computer code with the third motif being musical compositionread code Bach s VariationsStylistically the use of meta puns and metaphor what s a meta for is pervasive There are pages of mind bendingly spectacular metaphor which will crack open any reader s skull and electrify their grey matter with luminescent technicolour vividness This novel has an abundance of brains but also inherently depth n breadth of heart n soul MagnificentPrintResult Incredible book Note to self is this book s publication as the writer s third book itself a coded reference to the three motif feints Johann Sebastian Bach Bach The Goldberg Variations BWV 988 1955 mono Gould RemasteredhttpsopenspotifycomuserkillerpToday 27th January 2018 Scientists Image DNA Being Read In Unprecedented Detailhttpbitly2rJgXG4


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  • Hardcover
  • 639
  • The Gold Bug Variations
  • Richard Powers
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9780688098919