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Memory Palace Kindle Edition
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It's a bold idea, and the success of the project hangs on the central narrative that Kunzru has created here. Fortunately he's more than up to the task, and his tale of an imprisoned Memorialist accused of "membership of an internet" in a future London where all electronics have been wiped out by a vast magnetic storm, is a wonderfully wry, sly and moving piece of modern dystopian fiction in the vein of classics like Riddley Walker.
While the story is very short, the book itself is a fantastic object embossed in an eroded copper and featuring multiple illustrations and text inserts from the exhibition, all of which make the experience of reading the story part graphic novel, part exhibition catalogue and part science fiction short story.
You don't have to have read the book to experience the exhibition, but you'll definitely want to own it afterwards.
In the meantime, this is a bold experiment that pushes the idea of what it is to experience a story and capture a memory in exciting new ways, and I'd definitely recommend it.
It's a quick read but I found it harrowing. This is my first time reading any Kunzru and his writing lifts off the page. The world he creates, in so few words, is memorising yet a little terrifying and for me, definitely confusing in a really great way. My sympathies changed several times throughout the book. I understand the main aim of 'the Thing' - getting back to nature- but at the same time understand the plight of people wanting to remember everything.
There is one particular scene near the end which is especially moving as throughout it (and it's quite short) my mind was jumping around like crazy, thinking of how we treat the world today and how we live our lives. The flower child in me found this book to be a truly amazing experience and really made an impression on me.
Aside from the writing, the illustrations are fantastic and give a good, but not perfect, view into what the exhibition was like. There is one particular real life model that is shown on page 18 & 19 that is quite possibly one of the most impressive wooden artworks I've ever seen. I could of spent hours staring at it.
If you get a chance to go to the V&A, I definitely recommend both seeing the exhibition, playing around with the memory posters & buying this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after visited the V&A Museum. I thought the exhibition was so-so, and after reading the book, I thought the exhibition got worse! Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Joo
This book is amazing. It arrived in very good condition and was totally worth every penny. this is the cheapest you'll probably get the book so i would definitely advise buying it.Published on 14 Nov. 2013 by Patricia
The idea is new and the book is very well structered , the pictures are disapointly too small to readPublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by tafida