Bruce Jacobs reviews Orfeo in Shelf Awareness, January 2, 2014, in which he describes it as one of Powers’s “more accessible and satisfying novels.”
It’s hard to beat Richard Powers when he brings his A-game; his reputation as an esoteric intellectual novelist belies his storytelling skills.
In a virtuoso performance, Powers roams as easily through modern technology as he does through arcane opera. His language, humor and sheer exuberance make this modern tale of Orpheus as fresh as the latest Al Jazeera cellphone video. With Powers’s history of winning awards, it would be no surprise to see Orfeo on the 2014 National Book Award shortlist. It’s a stunning novel.