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The Memory of Love de Aminatta Forna
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The Memory of Love (edició 2011)

de Aminatta Forna

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Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and secrets this country hides. A story unfolds about ordinary people in extrordinary circumstances and the indelible effects of the past.
Membre:peonygoat
Títol:The Memory of Love
Autors:Aminatta Forna
Informació:Grove Press (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
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Etiquetes:Sierra Leone, fiction

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The Memory of Love de Aminatta Forna

  1. 20
    The Boy Next Door de Irene Sabatini (tangentialine)
    tangentialine: same elegiac, lyrical tone; same discussion of the ravages of civil war; analysis of white-black people interaction.
  2. 00
    Baking Cakes in Kigali de Gaile Parkin (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Angel is a baker who makes cakes to support her husband and grandchildren. The story takes place in Rwanda after the genocidal war of 1994. Through her baking of cakes, Angel heals those around her as well as herself.
  3. 00
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier de Ishmael Beah (sylco)
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    The Bite of the Mango de Mariatu Kamara (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Not a literary masterpiece, but a young girl's memoir of her harrowing experiences in Sierra Leone during the period of Forna's book.
  5. 00
    El Fantasma d'Anil de Michael Ondaatje (tangentialine)
    tangentialine: same elegiac, lyrical tone; same discussion of the ravages of civil war; also, outsider who comes to help.
  6. 00
    Ancestor Stones de Aminatta Forna (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Forna's first book about the civil war, told by four women.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 43 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I feel like I'm being a bit harsh, but still, I can't say I "REALLY" liked this book. Honestly I think the structure didn't appeal to me. There was no "grand narrative" – plot lines finished well before the end, and started well after the start – and it was a bit confusing. The writer rarely spelled twists out, just somehow stating that the point-of-view character at that particular moment had made a shocking discovery that the reader was meant to have got too. I rarely did and I spent a lot of time flicking backwards to try to work it out, only to usually fail.

Aside from that it was pretty good, though. It talks about love, war, tragedy, and all those kinds of big themes. It doesn't depict this really creepy man as a lover extraordinaire (ahem, García Márquez). It's worth reading. Just not spectacular. ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
This novel is set in Sierra Leone, after the civil warm of the 1990s and up to 2002. Adrian is a psychiatrist who has come to Sierra Leone to try and help.
There are certainly people suffering here, with post traumatic stress from the atrocities during the civil war and he struggles to understand these and find a way to help. The novel begins with the story of Elias Cole and his infatuation with a colleagues wife. It becomes clear that Elias Cole is narrating this story to Adrian. Adrian meets Kai, a surgeon at the hospital, born in Sierra Leone. His best friend has emigrated to the US and Kai is keen to join him but his ties to Sierra Leone are clear. These stories are eventually woven together cleverly and painfully and after initial indifference I found myself drawn in to the lives and compelled to finish the novel. A well-crafted novel that does not hide the cruelty and pain of a civil war but is ultimately about love and relationships. ( )
1 vota CarolKub | Aug 25, 2019 |
Een Engelse psycholoog beleeft in Sierra Leone een emotionele periode die wordt gekenmerkt door vriendschap, liefde en verraad ( )
  huizenga | Apr 8, 2019 |
Great novel. Hard to leave it.

As we meet dr. Atilla again in her latest book, Happiness, I so hope we will read about dr. Kai, his nephew and the little daughter of his beloved and his friend in a next novel. ( )
  marieke54 | Apr 22, 2018 |
It picked up significantly in the second half, but I had to be bored for 200-odd pages to get to that point. ( )
  amanda4242 | Nov 12, 2017 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 43 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Farlig aktuell roman fra Sierra Leone
Om lidenskap, besettelse og borgerkrig.
afegit per annek49 | editaDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Apr 25, 2011)
 
Forna’s characters weave in and out of each other’s lives, often with entirely unforeseeable and shocking consequences. They are so well drawn, and so universally authentic, that each time the narrative view switches from one to the other one almost longs for a convenient twodimensional caricature as light relief from possession. With whom can the reader most easily identify? Adrian, the English ingénu? Kai, the heroic surgeon who cannot see the green grass in the other field? Cole, the sell-out? Or Agnes — whose mind has quite rightly opted to walk rather than think about what she must endure?

Forna’s intense research into surgery and psychiatry is as lightly worn as her ability to hide her own craft as a writer...Let us hope that it takes its place where it deserves to be: not at the top of the pile of “African Literature” but outside any category altogether — and at the top of award shortlists
 
This is an ambitious project. Forna has written before about the power of storytelling to talk our lives into different shapes. Here she moves deftly between the enchantments of different narratives: the therapeutic, the confessional, the traumatic – flashbacks, nightmares, hauntings, fugue states where stories are lost or distorted beyond recognition and the sweetly joyous themes of new love, renewal, springing hope, second chances..... Forna understands that it is only by making patterns out of chaos that humans find the courage to continue living. And in this affecting, passionate and intelligent novel about the redemptive power of love and storytelling, she shows how it is done.

 
Forna's book is set in the city at almost exactly that time – not long after the end of one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern African history – and she captures exactly the sense of numbed brutalisation that I saw first-hand in many places: in the eyes of former child soldiers who had been forced to mutilate and murder their parents, in the camps full of young girls raped and enslaved by the rebel forces, and abandoned by their families because of the "shame". I remember all too vividly trying to collect the horror stories that were those lives and the absolute inadequacy of my questions: "How did it feel…?" We like to talk about conflict resolution, and truth and reconciliation, in the context of such nationwide atrocity (the particular gruesome speciality of the war in Sierra Leone was the systematic amputation of limbs; queues were formed in front of drugged young men with machetes. But how do you really go about healing that kind of pain?

That is one of the questions that Forna approaches with the utmost caution in an ambitious and deeply researched novel – and the answers she finds are never easy.
 

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People think war is the worst this country has ever seen: they have no idea what peace is like. The courage it takes simply to endure.
And when he wakes from dreaming of her, is it not the same for him? The hollowness in his chest, the tense yearning, the loneliness he braces against every morning until he can immerse himself in work and forget. Not love. Something else, something with a power that endures. Not love, but a memory of love.
I think it would be wrong to say I ever followed Saffia. In conversation the names of places she liked to visit or where she did her shopping might arise. Later, I might jot the detail down in my notebook. And if I happened to find myself there at any of those times, naturally I would look to see if she happened to be there also. Sometimes I might say hello. Other times, I thought it better not to intrude on her thoughts. I might have watched her from a distance. That was all.
Julius believed in himself. He didn’t fear death – for death was too insignificant, too small, it resided below the level of his contempt. He had survived a serious childhood illness that killed many others. He drew power from the fact of it, as though it proved he was blessed.
The Dean was a small man, dark-skinned, balding and possessed of a quicksilver energy, with tiny hands and feet, and high round buttocks which pitched him forward, so he appeared to approach the world at a trot.
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Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and secrets this country hides. A story unfolds about ordinary people in extrordinary circumstances and the indelible effects of the past.

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