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The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare Zimbabwe where she has been convicted of murder As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down wha

  • Title: The Book of Memory
  • Author: Petina Gappah
  • ISBN: 9780865479074
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father But who wasMemory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father But who was Lloyd Hendricks Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death And did everything happen exactly as she remembers In The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah has created a uniquely slippery narrator forthright, acerbically funny, and with a complicated relationship to the truth Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between the past and the present, Gappah weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of memory.

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    1. 3.5 Interesting premise for this well written book. Memory is an albino black, convicted of the murder of the white man who raised her. Given the death sentence she waits, incarcerated in the maximum security prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is our narrator and this is her story.This is not a quick read, nor is it a fast moving story. Rather it is the story of a young woman and how she got from there, a home with siblings and a mentally ill mother and a father she adored, to here, awaiting death. [...]

    2. When we meet Memory, the narrator of this novel, she is in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Zimbabwe, having been found guilty of murder. From the start, we are told that she did not murder her adopted father, Lloyd Hendricks, and she is writing down her life story as part of her appeal against her death sentence. In effect, Memory’s life has two parts – the first nine years of her childhood, spent at 1486 Mharapara Street and then the next nine years of her life, spent with Lloyd Hendri [...]

    3. “When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family.”----Jim ButcherPetina Gappah, a Zimbabwean author, has penned a deeply moving literary fiction, The Book of Memory that narrates the life story of a Zimbabwean convict on a death row charged for murdering her adoptive father, who was once sold to this man by her own parents and how she evolved into a different person while living with her new family and how easily she could forget her own fa [...]

    4. 3 stars And this book started out so well.An albino woman imprisoned for the death of the man who allegedly bought her, at 9 years old. The man who raised her and gave her every opportunity - a good education and with many steps up in her social status. Memory, is on death row -the only woman on death row in Zimbabwe. She is charged with writing the account of her life and the murder. It tells the back story of not only her life, but that of her family. Memory is an unreliable narrator. For all [...]

    5. Mnemosyne, known as Memory, writes to an unseen, unmet Western journalist from her cell in Zimbabwe's notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison. She has been sentenced to death for the murder of her childhood guardian, Lloyd–a white man to whom her parents handed her off in a diner when Memory was a young girl. Memory is an albino African, a condition that, even after she is treated for its physical pain, leaves deep scars in her psyche. Memory's attempts to define her identity and reason th [...]

    6. The Book of Memory and I were at odds with each other for the first little while. The language Petina Guppah uses is rich and beautiful, peppered with local dialect and at times challenging to follow, but ultimately worth the effort.The Book of Memory is exactly that – not only of the person narrating the story, Memory herself, but also memory itself and the way it flows backwards to points in time without any particularly cohesive order. The descriptive prose is haunting and gorgeous, I got a [...]

    7. Thanks to Sterling Books in Brussels for the free review copy!The Book Of Memory tells the story of a Zimbabwean woman called Memory whose parents sold her to a white man when she was nine. She relates her tale in flashback as she sits in prison, having been convicted of the same white man's murder. I won't spoil any more of the story (personally I'm not interested in book reviews which discuss the plot in too much detail) other than to say that we do finally get some answers to the main mysteri [...]

    8. Memory is an albino African woman, and when we meet her she is in a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe for murder. The Story of Memory tells what happened to her and how she got there. I found the writing in this book to be sublimely beautiful. Memory tells her story simply, but it's compelling and dramatic. She is told by her defense lawyer to write down her story, and that's how these pages come to be written. Memory is brutally honest; she is free of self-pity. Petina Gappah is able to weave [...]

    9. Perhaps not a fair rating, since I didn't finish it, but I can't imagine suffering through to the end. This story held such promise and I really wanted to like it, but had to abandon it after 45 pages. The dull, lifeless prose had me nodding off at the end of every page. It was a struggle to get as far as I did. Life is much too short to waste it on this.

    10. This author's short story collection is one of my favourites, beautifully written gems of perfection, giving a glimpse into a fractured Zimbabwe. And this novel is even better. Moving, heart wrenching and beautiful. By co-incidence I was reading it while Zimbabwe was in the throes of political upheaval once again and that made it all the more poignant and powerful. LOVED every word.

    11. Reseña completa en mi blog: La isla de GeorgePor una parte, en la República de Zimbabue (traducido del shona significa "casa de piedra") la esperanza de vida es de 39 años y ocupa el puesto 154 de 188 según el indicador de desarrollo humano de la ONU. Su capital es Harare, su presidente Robert Mugabe y los idiomas oficiales son el inglés y el shona. Reseña completa en mi blog: La isla de George

    12. ” Oggi ho pensato alla falena bianca. Anch’io, come lei, ho dovuto mutare forma e colore per mimetizzarmi nel mondo circostante. Anch’io, come lei, svolazzavo alla cieca, cambiavo colore, mi sforzavo di adattarmi, di sopravvivere. Forse decidere di sopravvivere può bastare. E ricominciare a vivere, che sia qui dentro o fuori, consapevole della verità. Forse come inizio può bastare. “Ammetto di aver acquistato questo libro dopo aver letto la seguente dichiarazione: «Una magnifica scri [...]

    13. Memory, an albino Zimbabwean woman, is the only female prisoner on death row in the notorious Chikurubi prison in Harare. The law of Zimbabwe restricts her to a single appeal for a change of her sentence, to save her own life. She is accused of murdering a white man, to whom she was sold as a child.As a murungudunhu, I am a black woman who is imbued not with the whiteness of murungu, of privilege, but of dunhu, of ridicule and fakery, a ghastly whiteness.Gappah has been called (to her disli [...]

    14. There are some advantages in a rainy Bank Holiday Monday, and one of them for me was that I was able to sit down and read The Book of Memory in almost one sitting. This is a debut novel that is both stunning and original. It is a book that will transport the reader to places unimagined, yet it is also a very challenging story, one that at times is difficult to follow. Despite this, The Book of Memory is so beautifully told and captures the heart. Memory's voice is strong, she is mysterious and a [...]

    15. Impossible to believe in. I like the author's personality, what it seems to be like anyway, nice smile, but it's not a good book. If the heroine was really a Cambridge (Britain) educated albino on death row in Zimbabwe she be world famous international news, she wouldn't be locked quietly in prison. The way the author made her albino as a symbol for culturally white (educated, intelligent, lives with white people) is just embarrassing. May be the way the author feels about herself. And the way t [...]

    16. The first half dragged, meandered and was dry. But the second half of this book was excellent as Memory's story unfolds and the truth about her mother is revealed. At the age of 9, Memory is "sold" to a single white man Lloyd. She is well educated in a caring house. They meet Zenko, an African artist, and Lloyd's secret (a fairly obvious one) is revealed. Memory goes to Europe and University and finally returns to Zimbabwe where she once again goes to live in Lloyd's house. Memory tells her stor [...]

    17. Loved this. It wasn't a convoluted read but you had to keep turning pages to see what was going on. Easy to read and easy to care for the main character. I liked that it ended on a hopeful note.

    18. Book review time!4.5/5 stars The Book of Memory was a challenging read, perhaps most because the fragmentary nature of memories mimicked the nonlinear storyline. The book is a collection of writings by Memory who is writing about her life, to appeal for her life. Memory, or Mnemosyne, is an albino woman on death row for the murder of her white adopted father Llyod. The writing is very rich, especially the scattering of the local dialect throughout the book. The Zimbabwean culture is portrayed wi [...]

    19. El libro de Memory es una novela con una premisa interesante, pero que no ha conseguido atraparme, dejándome incluso indiferente en algunos momentos por la falta de traducciones, un lenguaje espeso o fragmentos sin importancia en la trama que te hacen perder el hilo, sacándote de la historia.Reseña completa aquí: mividaenhojadepapel.c

    20. Memory, a young albino woman in a prison in Zimbabwe, must write down the story of her life if she wants to escape the death penalty. She has been imprisoned for the murder of the man her parents sold her to, and her lawyer thinks Memory's recollection is the only way to win an appeal. But as Memory tells her story, she begins to wonder if it really happened as she remembers it. Why does she feel nothing for the murdered man? The Book of Memory is a gripping story of love, fate, and the tricky b [...]

    21. This is my first quit of 2016. This book is on the long list for the Bailey's Prize and when I read the premise I was hooked - Set in Nigeria - the story of a Nigerian Albino woman charged with the murder of the white man that bought her when she was 9 years old from her parents. I mean, come on how does that not sound so interesting.Sad to say, it is not I am over half way through the book, and it is just starting to discuss the man who bought her in any detail. There has been no discussion of [...]

    22. “I had never seen so many books gathered in a single space as I saw in that room. I felt less afraid when I thought of all the other people who seemed to have had harder lives than mine. I disappeared completely to occupy the world of whatever book I was reading.”Sprinkled with flowing Shona phrases and clipped British expressions; woven with baptisms and healers, dogma and superstition, social and political history; this story contrasts day-to-day living conditions in Zimbabwe for the rich, [...]

    23. Memory, an albino woman, sits in a Nigerian prison cell having been convicted of murder. But did she really kill the man who bought her from her parents so many years ago? In part a tale of coming of age in a modern world where witchcraft and curses are still believed in, in another a tale of female prisoners. I thought it was quite something. Loved how it all unfolded.

    24. I know nothing about Zimbabwe, let alone the prison system or women's prisons there. That said, I was utterly sucked into Gappah's descriptions of the township, the suburbs, and the prison, especially the people in the prison (the other incarcerated women, the guards and the clueless Goodwill volunteers).When asked by one such clueless volunteer, "Are you coping with prison conditions now? Are you missing anything, anything at all?"Gappah describes, "Am I missing anything, anything at all? I mea [...]

    25. Woah! This book took me a really long time to read.I feel so sorry for Memory. Unfortunate things keep happening to her - she is a wonderful woman and surely does not deserve that. Being different is a huge problem too - people keep isolating and bullying her! I'm so glad she finally finds faithful and kind friends in Chikurubi Prison, who let her cry on their shoulders and comfort her when she is sad.I really enjoyed this book! A big thank you to my book buddy Penny for recommending it to me! L [...]

    26. If you don't see me reviewing a book after 1/2 days you already know that it wasn't that great of an experience for me.

    27. Novel set in ZIMBABWEMemory, or Mnemosyne, an albino black woman, confined in Chikurubi prison in Harare, Zimbabwe writes down an account of her life. This is to form part of her appeal for Mnemosyne has been convicted of murdering a white man, Lloyd, her adopted father. The narrative shifts from an account of her childhood in an impoverished township, Mufakose, to her present life in prison.It is, at times, a harrowing read; Mnemosyne’s life as a young albino girl describes in agonising detai [...]

    28. The book begins with a great opening paragraph, one designed to draw in the reader and have them take interest in the book. It mostly works."The story you have asked me to to tell you does not begin with the pitiful ugliness of Lloyd's death. It begins on a long-ago day in August when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man."The speaker of these words, is the protagonist Memory. She is writing a book of memory to use on appeal o [...]

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