My book review of 'Bewilderment' by Richard Powers


by Richard Powers
by Richard Powers

Having read 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers, I was full of anticipation for this novel. It exceeded my expectations.

Once again it is abundant with layers upon layers of information and emotion.

Theo is bringing up nine-year-old Robin alone after the death of his wife.

They have a strong bond, but life is challenging.

Theo is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away.

Robin is funny and loving, thoughtful and creative and has a passion for the natural world. But he is a troubled boy and when he attacks a friend at school with a metal thermos flask, he looks set to be expelled. 

Theo is forced to consider psychoactive drugs for Robin. But as they tentatively find their way forward, Theo introduces Robin to other planets he's discovered and what they have to offer, at the same time as helping his son find ways in which this world can be saved.

It's a stunning book.

Review date: October 2021
Publication date: 21st September 2021