The Memory Police
ISBN: 1101911816
EAN13: 9781101911815
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 28, 2020
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.84" H x 8" L x 5.18" W
Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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*** 2019 NATIONAL BOK AWARD FINALIST ***
*** LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOKER PRIZE AND THE 2020 TRANSLATED BOK AWARD ***
*** NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOKS OF THE YEAR ***

A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses--until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.

A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.

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   Thought provoking, elegant, and tragic.
Beautifully written, I'd recommend it to anyone.
 
5
   Haunting, Beautiful, and Fascinating
Not many book publishers actually manage all three, but this one certainly does. Imagine what would happen if one by one your memories disappeared?
 
1
   Pretty Writing but Super Weird
My friend and I just read this for a book club and while we loved the writing, it got super weird at the end. It did not answer all our questions, nor did it give us any other details. It's disappointing, Byrne said.
 
5
   Something else
A book is not irregular, it's just another thing, but then again, it's just another thing.
 
4
   El contraste entre distopía y dulzura
La autora logra inimaginable, mezcla distopa y dulzura algo un libro. Su prosa es un texto tienda de a drama y psicolgico.
 
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   Revenge was a terrific book
The Memory Police were beyond disappointing. The beauty of the novels compared to which this one is based provide a ray of hope within the circumstances trying the people face, he said. It's a prescription for feeling miserable. You will leave it feeling that the writer has a pleasant style of writing, but that the story is horrible. I'm not sure what the point of writing this is. If you have trouble feeling bad about life, but are looking for something to get you there, this is your ticket.
 
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   mixed feelings for this book
I've loved the book. i also enjoyed the atmosphere of the book, at least in the beginning. And then i began to feel that the author was almost deliberately keeping the book dull as a technique to add filters to the story. For me, the book kept on coming back to me, and I kept looking for places to heighten and deepen it. The book did escalate, but it was too quickly and without any depth. one moment we are losing the memory of feathers and emeralds and then BAM escalates to body parts and then the story is over. i'll never keep that book on my shelf, but i am passing it on for others to read. Perhaps it was of me to want the book to produce something i wanted rather than accepting what the book was offering, he said.
 
5
   Starts slowly, but worth it
Slow Burn. By passively surrendering to others, we can give up our autonomy and our identities, he said.
 
5
   Timely, thought provoking...
The fifth nominee for fiction is Pauley Kilpatrick for A Long Way Home. The island's inhabitants, for example, are not panicking. We, the people living in the United States, seem to have a similar problem. We tend to forget about the past. We, too, have memory police, they are the members of the entertainment industry, Mr. Dhaliwal said.
 
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   The review made it so much better
I've read the book on the radio, and I'm a huge fan of Saul Bellow. I had no prior knowledge of the writer or the publisher of this book. The novel started well, but by the end I was glad to have it done, Hollingworth said. I read Moto Richko's review in the New York Times and things suddenly fell into place, Mr. Dhaliwal said. He also reveals that knowing a bit about the huge influence Anne Frank had on Ogawa, about the problems faced by those who contradict the official version, and other key insights made everything make sense. Now it's a five-star book, So I really encourage potential buyers to look up Rich's review. Simply put, I think you will enjoy the book so much more.
 
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