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Wonderful - buy it, but get the hardcover version
on 11 August 2013
You really need to buy the hardcover version of this book to fully appreciate the illustrations. It's a dystopian novella, set in London a number of generations hence. In everyday life (which is truly crumbling), memory is outlawed - Memory and culture have degraded and virtually disappeared, except within a brave group of dissidents who are dangerously trying, at great cost to themselves, to keep the past alive. The story is short but profound, ironic, witty and painful. The ideas forming the base of the story and the story's execution are fabulously original and intriguing. The whole book, text and illustrations together, is wonderful - like a treasure trove to be poured over and relished. The hardcover version is a compact work of art. I can't wait to see the Memory Palace exhibition at the V&A. Loved it!
PS Have now seen the V&A Memory Palace: Wonderful artwork & graphics, beautiful, huge complex, minutely detailed structures & fantasies, stunning intricate paintings of a dystopian world generations into the future. Wow! Utterly beautiful stuff. It is actually screaming out for another book, one which captures the artwork and the graphic text of the exhibit itself in colour and in detail - A beautifully executed pop-up book would be perfect.