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The Memory Police
The Memory Police: A Novel | Yoko Ogawa
A deft and dark 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, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objectsribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious "memory police," who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she takes refuge beneath her editor's floorboards. Together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past. Part allegory, part literary thriller, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
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lauraisntwilder
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I finished this yesterday and I'm still mulling it over. It didn't end the way I thought it might, but got darker than I expected--in a good way. Thought provoking and tender.

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vlwelser
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I really like this but I feel like I missed something. But sometimes it's literally just a dung beetle. It's compared to Kafka and Orwell but definitely totally its own thing also. I'm going to just let other people analyze the shit out of it.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Skygoddess1
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Probably one of the most bizarre and disturbing dystopian books I‘ve read in a long time. The one thing I‘m left wondering is how and why the society came to create the memory police? #AuthorAMonth

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akfreeborn
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I finished this book on my plane ride. Honestly this was so well imagined and terrifying. I loved this author‘s voice and the family these people found from each other.

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On an unnamed island things just disappear, and the Memory Police make sure it stays that way. This book was haunting. I wasn‘t sure what to expect, but I really liked this book and will read more by this author. #AuthorAMonth

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This is one I‘ll be thinking about for a long time. The style is experimental, and the larger metaphors and allegories seem to me to point to more than one thing. I think some people would find that frustrating, but I find it fascinating. I‘m definitely planning on reading more by Ogawa, though not during #AuthorAMonth as I want time to digest this one, (and time for some seasonal reading). @Soubhiville

AllDebooks I read this a year ago. It certainly does stay with you 2mo
Gissy Loved this one too! 2mo
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DHill
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I had a really hard time following this. The premise seems interesting but I just couldn‘t connect the story.

#AuthorAMonth

@Soubhiville

Tamra I bailed on the audio as it wasn‘t keeping my interest. But I may try it in print, just for the premise. 2mo
IndoorDame @Tamra I‘m about halfway through the print version and really enjoying it. It does skip around a lot, and it‘s not plot driven the way I expected so I can see how it would be both difficult on audio, and just not a lot of people‘s cup of tea, but I‘m okay with quiet and experimental, so I‘m super curious to see where this ends up. 2mo
Tamra @IndoorDame I enjoy that kind of writing too, so I‘m hoping print works! 2mo
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IndoorDame @Tamra 🤞🏼 2mo
Megabooks I‘m feeling the same way. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
actualdisneyprincess It went way off the rails for me in like, the last forty pages or so. I liked it until then, but the end pretty much ruined the rest of it for me. 😬 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Originally written in Japanese in 1994 & translated into English in 2019, this book still manages to feel fresh & relevant. On an unnamed island, in an unknown time objects simply begin to vanish, where eventually the islanders can no longer recall the item or it‘s purpose. Our narrator, a novelist is terrified that one day words will begin to disappear not realizing there could be much greater worries. Not perfect but very thought provoking.

Cinfhen Tag me when you‘re done @AmyG xx 2mo
BarbaraBB You should read this one, it is gorgeous! 2mo
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Cinfhen I have already @BarbaraBB !!!! This one is SO DIFFERENT from HatP 2mo
BarbaraBB I should have known you read it already. I enjoyed both a lot too. 2mo
AmyG I just finished. Excellent book. One I will think about for a while. (edited) 2mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one. It has really stuck with me. 2mo
Megabooks Looking forward to this. 👍🏻💜 2mo
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Cinfhen
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I started listening last night for #AAM and WOW!!!! It‘s really good. Mysterious and unsettling, sci-fi? dystopian? fantasy? Not sure how to classify this book but I‘m in!!

AmyG I am reading this, too. The story is wild. I‘m really enjoying it wondering where this story is heading. 2mo
Cinfhen I have less than 2 hours left @AmyG it‘s FANTASTIC!!!! 2mo
Cinfhen Question: in the print format is their a clear distinction between the actual story and the narrator‘s novel she is writing. Because on audio it‘s the same narration and reader without any kind of indication @amyg 2mo
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Soubhiville I have read her before, so I‘m excited. I‘ll be reading 2mo
TrishB I need to get to this one! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve only read one other book by her @Soubhiville and they are SO DIFFERENT 2mo
Cinfhen I think you‘ll like it @TrishB 😄 2mo
sarahbarnes Agreed - I‘ve read both of those by her. So different and I loved them both, too. She also has a short story collection I enjoyed 2mo
AmyG Yes, there is. Spacing and type are different. 2mo
Cinfhen I might try that one @sarahbarnes because I don‘t love short story collections unless they‘re more like interconnected stories- you might like the recommendation @Megabooks ☝🏼 2mo
Cinfhen Ahhh, that‘s probably helpful @AmyG Anyway I have 20 minutes left on the audio. It‘s very good 😊 2mo
Megabooks I have this on audible, so I‘m going to go with it. Book buying ban!! 2mo
Cinfhen You might find Revenge from your library or Hoopla @Megabooks 🎉 2mo
AmyG I am hoping to finish today. 🤞🏻I need to know what happens to R! 2mo
Soubhiville (Should have said I haven‘t read her before. It will be my first. 🙂) 2mo
Cinfhen Just finished @AmyG I have a few quibbles but really thought provoking!! Ohhh, then you‘re in for a treat @Soubhiville 😃 2mo
AmyG @Soubhiville This was a good author pick. 2mo
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Here's my #bookspin #bookspinbingo for December - trying to finish a couple challenges and read what I received around this time last year! Looking forward to extra time off at the end of the year to read. @thearomaofbooks

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Tamra
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I really like the premise of this novel, but I‘m bailing. Either it‘s the translation or the writing itself, but it‘s choppy making it hard to stay in the story. The narrator isn‘t helping either. 🫤

On to the next!

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A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of a surveillance state. On an unnamed island, 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.

Tamra I just bailed, but maybe I should try later in print. 2mo
suvata @Tamra It was a different kind of book and I can see why not everyone would enjoy it. 2mo
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OCTOBER 2022 Wrap Up

I read 36 books, here are 16 of my favorites. I‘d say there was only 1 or 2 that were merely good, the rest were amazing!

The Stephen King readathon was fun! Some great books this month!

Soubhiville 😲 wow! 📚 3mo
Reggie Lol you make me think I don‘t have eyes for reading. Lol 3mo
Twainy @Reggie lol I wear glasses, my bad eyesight gives me a headache & is used up at work, so I need to listen to 99% of the books I read. October was my favorite reading month in a long time, probably due to the 19 King books but overall I mostly read great books. 😁 3mo
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🎧 📚 I loved this book. I wasn‘t sure what to expect, I went in blind. A deliciously creepy story that‘s left me thinking. Well written & narrated! I got Fahrenheit 451 vibes. An Orwellian tale? Enjoyed it! A keeper!

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vivastory I was floored by this one. If you haven't read it, I recommend 4mo
lele1432 I really enjoyed this too! It was very unique and compelling. I wouldn‘t mind re-reading it! Also adding @vivastory‘s recommendation! 4mo
Twainy @lele1432 @vivastory YESSS! I had my eye on this book for a year or so. I recently picked up the hardcover on BookOutlet … and the audiobook was available on Libby … I will probably reread this. Good story! 4mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I really wanted to enjoy The Memory Police, and find the meaning in it that others seem to, but I couldn‘t shake the feeling that it was missing something the whole way through. There‘s no explicit reason given in the story for the existence of the Memory Police, or why they make the whole population forget these apparently random objects. It was hard to get invested. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-memory-police-yoko-ogawa/

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Smrloomis
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Wow. This was incredibly thought provoking and I enjoyed it in a sense. And now I really have to find something lighter to read!

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“Men who start by burning books end by burning other men.”

Smrloomis I‘d never heard this but of course it‘s terrifying. Apparently it‘s from a German poet Heinrich Heine? Did anyone else learn this in school or somewhere else? I‘m wondering how I‘ve never stumbled across this saying until now… 5mo
AllDebooks I'd never heard it before. This book is something special 😍 5mo
Smrloomis @AllDebooks YES! And also terrifying of course! 5mo
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“Still,” began the ex-hatmaker, “I wonder if spring will ever come.”
The rest of them nodded in agreement.
“Perhaps it never will again,” murmured the woman with bad knees. 😱😱😱

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“A heart has no shape, no limits. That‘s why you can put so much in it, why it can hold so much. It‘s much like your memory, in that sense.”

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One of the characters goes to the library just to make sure the narrator‘s books are on the shelf as they should be 💕

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Twainy
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A stack arrived from BookOutlet today.

I‘ve only read Fan Fiction. Fun book!

Just adding the rest to my MBR. Which book caught my eye … which book instigated this hall?

The Memory Police

Have you read any of these? Are any of these goood?

Bookboss The Memory Police is excellent! 5mo
Twainy It‘s been on my To Be Purchased list for awhile. When BookOutlet has a book for less than half what Amazon is selling it for I take a closer look. Great deal plus I had $10 in loyalty vouchers. I‘m so glad to hear The Memory Police is goood!! @Bookboss 5mo
RamsFan1963 I want to read Fan Fiction, it sounds like a hoot! 5mo
Twainy @RamsFan1963 he reads the audiobook. It reminded me of one of the holodec episodes when the crew is in a detective story. It‘s self aware. 5mo
Jari-chan I recommend The Memory Police. Highly. Such a special book! 5mo
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Cazxxx
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Really enjoyed this dystopian novel where things and memories disappear and the memory police enforce their laws. This has 1984/Fahrenheit 451 vibes and is quite a sad read

Jari-chan This is such a special book! 7mo
Cazxxx @Jari-chan It was excellent 👌🏻 7mo
Hazel2019 I love this one! 7mo
Cazxxx @Hazel2019 It‘s a good one 😊 7mo
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depressing and sad.

June #bookspin

Kayla.Adriena But did you like it 😅 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Kayla.Adriena like may be the wrong word. It was good and I appreciate it. It is NOT a hopeful or triumphant dystopian novel. And soooo many unanswered questions. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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Told in the first person by a novelist, with inserts of the novel she is working on as more and more things vanish. Dystopian magic realism, and disconcerting at that. Library loan.

The Litsy summary is wrong! The writer hides her editor inside her house!

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My #bookspin section is also my last #LMPBC book of this round so I know I will definitely get to that one. My #doublespin is one I've been meaning to read soon (I LOVED The Lost Village by her).

@thearomaofbooks

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I was not expecting this book to be this good. I like that the main character was nameless. It felt as though you were reading a diary that she had left behind in the secret room after she disappeared. Also the parallel between her and the novel that she was writing about the typist that lost her voice to her typing teacher had so many parallels to her life being controlled by the Memory Police.

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rwmg
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On an island things are disappearing - birds, the ferry, music. When the things disappear, so do most people's memories of them. Some people retain the memories, but the Memory Police are looking for them.

Atmospheric, creepy tale that evokes a mood rather than tells a story.

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"I sometimes wonder what was disappeared first—among all the things that have vanished from the island."

#FirstLineFridays
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I finished this last night for #LMPBC #GroupW. Very reminiscent of 1984, The Giver and Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian read about things disappearing. Highly recommend, I want to buy a copy for myself and read more from this author! @phantomx @MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn

phantomx I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'm still reading the pick I recieved, but I'm enjoying it 9mo
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truthinfiction ❤️ 10mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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Received your book today @phantomx ! Your handwriting 🤤🤤🤤😊. Can't wait to read it! #LMPBC #GroupW @MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn

phantomx Yah! Hope you like the story, and I appreciate your compliment on my handwriting 😊 10mo
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