Man Walks Into A Room

Man Walks Into A Room

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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.

Blackwell North Amer
A man is found wandering the desert outside Las Vegas. The cards in his wallet identify him as Samson Greene, a Columbia University English professor last seen leaving campus eight days ago. Thirty-six years old, with a wife, Anna, and a dog, Frank. But Samson doesn't even recognize his own name, and by the time Anna has make her way across the country to pick him up, doctors have discovered a cherry-sized tumor in his brain; its removal eradicates the last twenty-four years of Samson's memories.
Samson and Anna return to New York together, where Samson struggles to connect with the woman he knows he is supposed to love, with his career, with his home, with his "life".
Into these daily lives fraught with a peculiarly intimate tension comes a charismatic scientist who invites Samson to take part in a groundbreaking medical experiment in the Nevada desert. It doesn't take much to lure Samson away from his profound loneliness in the city, where he is stuck between missing the past life that surrounds him and yearning to enjoy the fresh start he's been given. But Anna is never far from his thoughts as he embarks on the journey that promises adventure and revelation but may mean the end of the old Samson Greene.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385503990
Branch Call Number: FICTION KRAUSS
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 25 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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