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Generosity - An Enhancement

Richard Powers

FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE ECHO MAKER, A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness. Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large. What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments? Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence.

FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE ECHO MAKER, A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness. Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large. What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments? Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence.
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FROM THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE ECHO MAKER, A PLAYFUL AND PROVOCATIVE NOVEL ABOUT THE DISCOVERY OF THE HAPPINESS GENE When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness. Russell and Candace, now lovers, fail to protect Thassa from the growing media circus. Thassa's congenital optimism is soon severely tested. Devoured by the public as a living prophecy, her genetic secret will transform both Russell and Kurton, as well as the country at large. What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments? Funny, fast, and finally magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination. In his most exuberant book yet, Richard Powers asks us to consider the big questions facing humankind as we begin to rewrite our own existence.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Pittu

Length:

10h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:30


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:23


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:58


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:42


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:51


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:34


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:42


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:15