Amnesia (novel)

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Amnesia
Author Douglas Anthony Cooper
Language English
Genre Fiction
Published 1994
Publisher Hyperion Books

Amnesia is a 1994 novel by Douglas Anthony Cooper and is his debut novel.[1] The book was published in March 1994 by Hyperion Books and is the first entry in the Izzy Darlow series.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The book is dictated by an unknown narrator and follows Izzy Darlow, a mental hospital employee that volunteers his time in order to make amends for a robbery committed during his youth. It is there that he falls for the mute Katie, a patient at the hospital that had been subjected to extreme sexual abuse.

Reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews wrote that Amnesia was "more concerned with emotional states than traditional characters, and more reminiscent of, say, Thomas's White Hotel than Hart's Damage.[3] Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times observed: "Although this self-conscious quality never entirely lifts, one gradually comes to appreciate Mr. Cooper's copious gifts".[4] James Polk, in a second New York Times review, called Amnesia "a dense, absorbing first novel (which) locates prominent features in the landscapes of mind and memory."[5] While the Chicago Tribune hailed the book as "intricate",[6] the South Florida Sun-Sentinel dismissed it as "forgettable".[7] Publishers Weekly noted that it was "Published to extravagant praise in Canada (with comparisons to Nabokov, Genet, Calvino and Margaret Atwood)."[8] The Boston Globe called Cooper "ambitious", and noted that he "takes us on a journey through the dark corridors of the psyche, introducing us to characters who change shape as easily as smoke rings."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hengen, Vicki (May 6, 1994). "`Amnesia': a mind-bending coming-of-age novel". Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Mabe, Chauncey (Jun 12, 1994). "PARTING SHOTS EVERYTHING'S COMING APART IN AMNESIA - PEOPLE, FAMILIES, HOUSES, WHOLE CITIES.". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Review: Amnesia". Kirkus Reviews. December 15, 1993. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (February 25, 1994). "Books of The Times; An Ancient Mariner Tells a Haunting Modern Tale". New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ JAMES POLK (1994-03-06). "Izzy's Own Story". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  6. ^ Whitehouse, Anne (Apr 3, 1994). "DOUGLAS COOPER'S INTRICATE, SYMBOL-LADEN TALE OF FORGETTING AND IDENTITY". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Klotz, Steven (Jun 26, 1994). "AMNESIA' A FORGETTABLE, MEANDERING TALE". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fiction review: Amnesia". Publishers Weekly. February 28, 1994. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Hengen, Vicki (May 6, 1994). "`Amnesia': a mind-bending coming-of-age novel". Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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