The following passage from the novel Orfeo resonated with me, as a fallible human being. Note that it refers to the avant-garde composer John Cage: “Maybe I made a mistake. But Cage says: A ‘mistake’ is beside the point. Once anything happens, it authentically is.” —Richard Powers, Orfeo Of course, this is a reference to John Cage’s contention that any...
Five stars for virtuosity in this novel about music and science—but mostly music. In Orfeo, Richard Powers uses language to describe music with such dexterity, it is as if you are listening, not reading. This novel is beautiful, and it has an interesting plot as well. But mainly its uncanny beauty strikes me. Also, its uncanny ability to describe undescribables....
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