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The Map of Lost Memories de Kim Fay
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The Map of Lost Memories (edició 2012)

de Kim Fay (Autor)

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It's 1925 and the treasure-hunting scene is a man's world. Irene Blum is passed over for the curator position at a Seattle museum but is not willing to accept defeat. Irene comes into possession of a map believed to lead to a set of copper scrolls the tell the lost history of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization. Irene travels from Seattle to Shanghai to the Cambodian jungles in search of the lost scrolls and encounters several other adventurers along the way.… (més)
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Títol:The Map of Lost Memories
Autors:Kim Fay (Autor)
Informació:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), 336 pages
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"’The one thing to remember about an adventure is that if it turns out the way you expect it to, it has not been an adventure at all.’"

The Map of Lost Memories is definitely one of the most wonderful adventures. Deeply atmospheric, and both emotionally moving and challenging. This is one of those novels that I just want to sink into like a bubble bath and not come back to the real world until I’m soaked through and steamy like a content little prune.

Irene, the acting curator of the Brooke Museum in Seattle has just lost the promotion she thought for sure was hers. Out to prove she “has what it takes”, she follows the bread crumbs left to her by her recently deceased father, as well as a dying mentor, to what she hopes is a world-changing treasure in southeast Asia. But she’ll need the help of several new, and untrustworthy, friends to get there… and they’re all out for their own agenda.

I’ve read this book twice now, which is unusual for me – I don’t usually enjoy a novel the second time around – and loved every minute of it both times. Author Kim Fay is a magician with words – describing an atmosphere in Asia both magical and oppressive. Her descriptions are so evocative that you can almost feel the humidity of the tropics trickling down your neck. And it doesn’t hurt that the novel is set in 1925 – a pivotal time period in the hunt for historical treasures.

If I had one complaint it would be that I really don’t care for the cover art on the original 2012 edition, however I see that at least two additional covers have been used for English printings (in 2012 and 2013), both of which are much more representative of the magic and adventure of this tale.

Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction, literary fiction, book clubs, and adventure lovers. It’s been out for several years now (published in 2012), but I hope you’ll pick it up and discover something new and wonderful. If you do, drop me a Comment below and let me know what you thought of Kim Fay’s The Map of Lost Memories. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Oct 4, 2021 |
I love the premise and storyline, but the book just fell short of what it could have been. The characters should have been more richly developed, as they were the story - motivations, pasts, present, directions, etc. ( )
  nossanna | Nov 9, 2019 |
Belabberd verhaal ( )
  anndef | Apr 25, 2017 |
First I won an finished copy from Goodreads.com. The book looked intriguing and was listed as an Edgar Finalist.

Set in the 1920's with a female antagonist working in the mans world of archeology. Fired from her job she sets out to find the lost scrolls of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization with the help of her mothers diaries. She travels from Seattle to Southeast Asia to bring much needed respect for her work and her abilities. Archeology during this time period is more like treasure hunting and robbing cultures of their past. Her adventures take her on a journey not only for the scrolls but to the truth of her own families past. Irene carefully travels through the lawless streets of Shanghai and the opium filled lanes of Saigon into the jungles of Cambodia. She joins forces with a Communist temple robber and a secretive nightclub owner.

The book is filled with many twist and turns and a diverse mix of characters. It is worth a look for fans of historical fiction and the Southeast Asia culture. ( )
1 vota yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Kim Fay, a first time novelist, has written a fun adventure story with a plucky female heroine and Cambodia as the setting. Set in 1925 amidst the international treasure-hunting world, Irene Blum, passed over for a coveted museum curatorship due to her gender, seeks to restore her reputation by setting off in search of a temple believed to house the lost history of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization.

There are lots of exotic details here -- criminals in the backstreets, opium addicts, shadowy nightclub owners, lots of humidity-soaked linen and sweat-streaked colonials. There is murder. Spousal abuse. Communists. And the pace, although slow in the start, picks up by the middle of the book.

It's a good first novel, but there are flaws. The author seems to be trying very hard to mix the DaVinci Code with Raiders of the Lost Ark. It all feels a bit forced, as though she had her eye more on a movie deal than literature. The characters don't quite elicit the required sympathy, and some of the psychological responses seem false and the plot twists contrived. Still, some of the writing is quite lyrical. I'd love to see what she might do with a more character driven-less plot driven novel. It's the language which earned the book a third star. ( )
1 vota Laurenbdavis | Apr 15, 2014 |
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Every word of this evocative literary expedition feels deliberately chosen, each phrase full of meaning. From the murky Shanghai underworld, in which information is traded like currency, to the isolated Cambodian jungle, whose overheated air is thick with mistrust, Fay brilliantly imagines a singular heroine who forges her own path through unfamiliar country.
 
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From its inception as a foreign enclave, Shanghai emerged a free city. New arrivals required neither visa nor passport to enter. To the dispossessed, the ambitious and the criminal, it offered a fresh start. Lady Jellico, who was brought up in the city, recalled, “One never asked why someone had come to Shanghai. It was assumed everybody had something to hide.”

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At the far end of the apartment, a row of shutters opened onto a balcony overlooking the swayback roofs of Shanghai. Beyond the low buildings and down a crooked street, the Whangpoo River shushed against the wharves. A heavy, velvet humidity pressed down on this dark belt of water, a perpetual tension that caused a wilted draft, lifting fumes of jasmine and sewage, coal and rotting riverweed, into the thick night air.
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It's 1925 and the treasure-hunting scene is a man's world. Irene Blum is passed over for the curator position at a Seattle museum but is not willing to accept defeat. Irene comes into possession of a map believed to lead to a set of copper scrolls the tell the lost history of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization. Irene travels from Seattle to Shanghai to the Cambodian jungles in search of the lost scrolls and encounters several other adventurers along the way.

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