The Man Without a Shadow

The Man Without a Shadow In neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes the man without a shadow who will be known in time as the most studied and most famous amnesiac in history A vicious infection has clouded a

  • Title: The Man Without a Shadow
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780062416094
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes the man without a shadow, who will be known, in time, as the most studied and most famous amnesiac in history A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory.Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirrored journeys of self discovery Margot, enthrIn 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes the man without a shadow, who will be known, in time, as the most studied and most famous amnesiac in history A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory.Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirrored journeys of self discovery Margot, enthralled by her charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely patient, as well as her officious supervisor, attempts to unlock Eli s shuttered memories of a childhood trauma without losing her own sense of self in the process Made vivid by Oates usual eye for detail, and searing insight into the human psyche, The Man Without a Shadow is eerie, ambitious, and structurally complex, unique among her novels for its intimate portrayal of a forbidden relationship that can never be publicly revealed.

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    1. Marjorie

      Elihu Hoopes is the man without a shadow. Due to an infection and high fever, he sustained brain damage and has lost the ability to retain memory for longer than 70 seconds. Even though he doesn’t remember her from one meeting to the next, the neuroscientist Margot who is studying and testing him, starts an illicit love affair with him. Ms. Oates is a master at composing complex novels that dig deep into the hearts and minds of its characters. I found this novel to be particularly thought prov [...]

    2. Britta Böhler

      A difficult book to rate. The book is strongest when it tries to give us a glimpse into the world of Eli Hoopes, a man with no capacity to retain memories after his illness at age 37. The parts about memory and identity are moving and haunting. But the book is significantly less strong when it comes to the story of Margot Sharpe (the neuroscientist examening Eli for 30 years) and Sharpe's relationship with her 'subject'. Although we are used to deeply flawed characters in JCO's books, the pictur [...]

    3. ashley | citygirlscapes

      Originally posted on citygirlscapes.I don’t remember what it was that made me request The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates. I haven’t read anything by her before and the description doesn’t give too much information, but something drew me to this initially and made me request it. I wish I could remember what, because it took me a REALLY long time to get into this.Oates’ writing style kind of took some getting used to. The repetitiveness and the flow of the words were bit hard to [...]

    4. Judy

      I wouldn't say this was my favorite JCO novel but it was surely the most interesting. Elihu Hoopes is an amnesiac whose short term memory only goes back 70 seconds. Margot Sharpe is beginning graduate school and has been accepted into the neuropsychology program headed by Milton Ferris, a harsh taskmaster but also a brilliant neuroscientist, headed for a Nobel Prize. Both Ferris and Margot go on to make their names because of Project E H.First paragraph: "Notes on Amnesia: Project 'E H' (1965-19 [...]

    5. Büşra Yağabasan

      How you can destroy a scientist in a novel both scientifically and psychologically?one of the worst books i have ever read about narrating a scientist's life. First of all, i am sorry to make this comment, but this book is not scientific at all. I was expecting at least some thriller, because of the cover and also the introduction, it was not also there at all.And thanks to you Joyce Carol Oates, people are thinking we as young female scientists, most of us are in love with our supervisors. We a [...]

    6. Jessica

      I wasn't going to write a review because I thought if I didn't have anything nice to say I shouldn't say anything at all, but this book is seriously continuing to bother me. As a mental health professional I find the concept of this being a "love story" appalling. E. H. is a vulnerable adult and she is manipulating and grooming the him. She lies to him and his family. He is not even legally able to make decisions for himself as he has a guardian. From my stand point that is rape and I feel that [...]

    7. Susan

      Prototypical JCO in some ways, and yet it's one of her best. Incantatory, intelligent exploration of the evolution of delusional romantic obsession contrasted with the constant of an amnesia that only allows for seventy seconds of short-term memory. Lots of fascinating stuff about neuroscience, the dubious ethics of scientific research, the corruption and cruelty of academics, the family secrets of the wealthy and conservative, and more

    8. Nicole

      0 stars. I only finished this book by hate-reading it. Last year a male professor was quoted saying it was difficult for him to have female scientists in his lab because they would fall in love with him. Margot is probably the only female scientist who agrees with that guy. Seriously Margot is the worst female protagonist. This is not a love story, more like crazy sick obsession to a mental patient. If you want a beautiful love story about an amnesiac watch 50 first dates instead.

    9. Melissa

      3.5, Fascinating, loved the writing, the first half was magnificent. The second half dragged considerably until the last few chapters. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

    10. Jenni Ogden

      The book description —“In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes: the “man without a shadow,” who will be known, in time, as the most-studied and most famous amnesiac in history. A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory.”— gives us a clue that this novel is based on the case of HM, the real patient who became the most famous amnesiac in history. JCO acknowledges Corkin’s book on HM as her primary research [...]

    11. Reetta Saine

      Helmet-lukuhaaste 201720. Kirjassa on vammainen tai vakavasti sairas henkilöAloitteleva tiedenainen Margo Sharp saa elämänsä tilaisuuden tavatessaan ensimmäistä kertaa harvinaisesta muistinmenetyksestä kärsivän potilaan. Mitä tahansa Elihu Hoopsille tapahtuukaan, hän unohtaa sen muutamassa minuutissa - pysyvää on vain aika ennen sairastumista ja vamman syntymistä. Oates kertoo kahta tarinaa rinnakkain, jotka yhdistyvät lähinnä tutkimushuoneen todellisuudessa ja Margon mielessä. [...]

    12. Maxine

      Margot Sharpe is a young graduate student studying memory under the guidance of noted neuroscientist Milton Ferris. She is working with Elihu Hoopes who developed encephalitis at the age of 37 and, as a result, he cannot retain new memories for more than 70 seconds although his memories before the illness remain clear to him. As the years pass, her relationship with Hoopes (known only as E.H. in scientific and medical journals) has brought her renown in Psychiatric circles as well as jealousy fr [...]

    13. Don

      There are authors whose work I know I can trust each and every time and others whose books I never even try. Joyce Carol Oates fits neither of these categories. There are times when I love her work and times when I think her books are truly awful. This one hit somewhere in the middle and I can't quite figure out why.The book charts the relationship between Elihu Hoopes, a man whose world was forever changed when, as the result of infection, he develops anterograde amnesia (he can remember almost [...]

    14. Eles Jackson

      I finished this book feeling unfulfilled. There could have been so many more avenues traveled with such a good premise for a story. It seemed like every new chapter began with a recap of the plot of the story. Things we already knew. And then it continued with facts that were already told to us just now said in new wording. I felt like information was just repeated over and over again. A complete waste of chapters of reading.It also seemed that the author wasn't sure if they wanted to write a no [...]

    15. Michele

      This story has two very interesting (and novel) character arcs woven together: one character (our female protagonist) on a downward spiral, and the other on a (necessarily) static path. (necessary because this character has amnesia and is forever trapped in a world that, to him, does not progress more than 70 seconds.)I am a big fan of JCO; this time her typical "Oatse-ian" female character was far more to the pathologic side of the "pathetic" spectrum, but as is typical for Oates, there is (at [...]

    16. Susan

      2.5 stars. I thought I would really enjoy this book based on the description, but in the end I found it repetitive and pretty depressing. The parts that I found more interesting, like some of EH's dark memories from the past, were not explored as much as I would like. I also had a hard time with the writing style - frequent random changes in voice, long chapters. Interesting idea, though, and there were some parts that I did enjoy.

    17. Paulette Ponte

      I find it very difficult to rate this book. On the one hand I am a giant fan of JCO but I found this book to be somewhat tedious and boring. The subject matter was interesting but very depressing. The protagonist, Margot Sharpe, was an extremely depressing character even for JCO. The subject was amnesia, amnesia which left EH with a short term memory of 70 seconds. Margot Sharpe is one of the neuroscientist who studies him for 30 years. Interesting but very depressing.

    18. Connie

      DNF. I have tried to read several books by Joyce Carol Oats and I just cannot seem to get past the first few chapters before I decide to give up on the story. This book looked like it may be interesting, but to me JCO just seems to ramble badly in places. I guess she is trying to be excessively expressive in her prose in other to show off her ability to do so? I don't know. I do know that there will be no more JCO books in my future.

    19. Linda

      Did not finish this book, but did read the ending. It was a very sad and depressing story to me with no saving grace. One character, with no recent memory retention, and another, a Doctor, obsessing with his care. A patient who can not remember her from one meeting to the next. I am not in a place where I can read and appreciate this story line.

    20. Debra

      Compelling! Brilliantly written and challenging on many levels. With no memory, do we even exist? Do we cast a shadow? This book stirred many thoughts and questions, and I wish I'd been reading it with a book club! it would elicit many differing responses, I'm certain.

    21. Dasha M

      As always, in awe of JCO and the sheer breadth of her writing. This was another level, something completely unique and unexpected.

    22. Andrea

      A woman who is supposed to be a brilliant scientist is emotionally destroyed by her crush on a boy she can never have. Sigh.

    23. Feisty Harriet

      Blah. This book is terrible, the characters are horrible and the premise is kind of the worst. A neuro-researcher falling in love with a patient with a 70 second memory, she also happens to torture him in her researching, but, you know, she also has sex with him!?No.No, no, no.I mean, I loathed the premise in general, the "question" of ethics isn't really even a question: Margot is unethical. Full stop. But the writing wasn't that great either. I expected more from Joyce Carol Oates, this is my [...]

    24. Pamela Hale

      How incredibly self-defeating to fall in love with a man who has a 70 second long short term recall. Hell-o

    25. Sabrina

      Why, why, why did I pick up this book?!? It's a seaming pile of shit! I wish had a negative star review system so I could negative 5 star this waste of paper. It gives a very bad light to women scientists and mental health communities. So angry with this book the review will probably be shit.Margo (Margot but that name is never used) is a young woman who becomes involved with a research project (see torture) of Elihu Hoopes, a man with amnesia for everything after the age of 37 thanks to an acc [...]

    26. Jim Leckband

      Phew, missed a bullet with this one. Just imagine if Oates married a Princeton hedge fund manager instead of a neuroscientist after her first husband died. I don't think she would've crossed over to the dark side - but hey, stranger things have happened (Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch!?!?).Anyway, Oates uses the expertise found near at hand to concoct a Richard Powers type novel of a man who only has a seventy second short-term memory and the female scientist who devotes her career to studying hi [...]

    27. Tamara Eaker

      This multiple point-of-view piece take a deeper look into the how memory effects a person and those around them. I was very impressed by the Author's ability to imagine the inner mental workings of an individuale with amnesia, and potentially even Alzheimer's. I would forsure recommend this book, but I would give you some warning, this book wasn't an instant attraction for me and I had to push myself to become engaged.

    28. Kinga

      Ufff, i've just lost a month and 5 days of my life. Yes, it took me that much of a time to finish this book. I found it boring, repetitve and very, very slow. Then why have i finished it? Because i was hoping until the bitter end that it would become better. Well, it did not. What is more, it gets worse. I mean, Margot, really? What she does is sick, unethical and unprofessional. I felt sorry for Eli but not because of his illness but because of the way Margot treated him. I was angry with Margo [...]

    29. Christy

      In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes: the “man without a shadow,” who will be known, in time, as the most-studied and most famous amnesiac in history. A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory.Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirrored journeys of self-discovery: Margot, enthralled by her charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely patient, as well as her officious supervisor, attempts to unlock Eli [...]

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