Man Walks Into A Room

Man Walks Into A Room

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as “one of America’s best young writers.”

Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name. The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost.

Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new. An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose. So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees. Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.

Baker & Taylor
Found wandering in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Samson Greene, a thirty-six-year-old Columbia University English professor, is discovered to have a brain tumor, but when surgery removes the tumor, leaving him with no recollection of his life after the age of twelve, he finds himself struggling to deal with a life, and a wife, he no longer recognizes. A first novel. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385721912
Branch Call Number: Fiction Krauss
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 22, 2017

After reading The History of Love, I wanted to continue with the author for awhile. So I picked up Man Walked Into A Room. It is a disappointment. Although the initial premise is fascinating, as another commenter has said, Ms Krauss could not maintain the concept or thread or feeling/attachment to the characters. No doubt the life of someone to whom the events happened to would probably have a chaotic future, the story just kind of bumped along, driven by motives that she had not really made pressing or important to the reader.

May 29, 2013

This novel explores the idea that the loss of memory is a threat to the future. This story addresses this question from an individual perspective, but Krauss is also examining the impact of the loss of historical memory. Her idea is interesting, but she is unable to sustain it.

Nov 30, 2012

This book is all about memory and the various facets of it. Those who have their memories, those who have lost them, those who are losing them, and those who want to lose them. Samson has lost all his memory since age 12, and the story is a kind of odyssey trying to come to terms with the possible permanence of it. What does life mean now that he has no memory of his adult past? Great read. You want to see him come out happy and you anguish with him as he proceeds to work out just what he will do.


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