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The Memory of Love - Aminatta Forna
The Memory of Love
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Since its publication in hardcover, Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love has been hailed as a book of rare beauty and importance, and has been shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List. With astounding depth and elegance, it takes the... show more
Since its publication in hardcover, Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love has been hailed as a book of rare beauty and importance, and has been shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List. With astounding depth and elegance, it takes the reader through the haunting atmosphere of a country at war, delicately intertwining the powerful stories of two generations.In contemporary Freetown, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a man who has stories to tell from the country’s turbulent postcolonial years that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer by Adrian, a British psychiatrist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories.A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, The Memory of Love seamlessly weaves together the lives of these three men to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the past—and the very nature of love.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802145680 (080214568X)
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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Wandering through fiction
Wandering through fiction rated it
2.0 The Memory of Love
This made me really uncomfortable in parts - very graphic, nonromanticised sex scenes make for difficult reading especially when it's asentences dropped in with very little warning.Found the relationship between Elias and Safia v odd, and quite stalkerish.Just didn't suit the mood I was in while lis...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 The Memory of Love
This book has so much going for it. So much. So it's difficult to slap three stars on it and say “meh, it was okay.” Because it was more than okay, but it wasn't. And it was worth five stars, but it wasn't. What a confusing review.First off, let me say the second half of The Memory of Love is p...
refurbishme
refurbishme rated it
I won this book as a first reads give away. I had a really hard time with this book. The author is extremely talented and there is some really beautiful writing but I found myself having to slog my way through it. The first 350 pages were riddled with so much unnecessary detail that I would go fr...
Merle
Merle rated it
On the one hand, this is a well-written book with good character development and a solid sense of place. On the other, it has some structural issues that make me hesitate to recommend it.The Memory of Love is set in present-day Sierra Leone, and follows three men: a dying academic, Elias, relates hi...
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