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Memory Wall: Stories Paperback – July 5, 2011
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Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.
In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In "The River Nemunas," a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. "Village 113," winner of an O'Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in "Afterworld," the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.
Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life--of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr's language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.
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- Publisher : Scribner (July 5, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439182841
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439182840
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.76 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I could not start reading a new book for a few days after finishing this. I was afraid it would be like enjoying a fine gourmet meal and then ruining that taste in your mouth by immediately eating a Big Mac.
I have to say the first story was one of the best things I've read this year and worth the whole book. It reminded me of George Sanders at his best - the morality, the futuristic quality, the variety of people.
Get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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