This collection of short stories just blew me away! As far as short stories go, it`s the best collection I`ve ever read. Some of the stories will stay with me forever as they seemed so real. The title story about the woman`s memories being recorded on cassettes is just amazing and beautifully describes how one`s life is really just a collection of memories.
Beautiful short stories, I will remember several of them for years, I am sure. The couple trying to conceive a child was so 'true'. The story of Ester getting out of Germany, chosen by the Jewish doctor to be pirated to USA rather than to the concentration camp... I had to close the book and cry! I wish the 'memory wall' was the last story to leave the reader on a happier note, but overall this is a great compilation for the avid short story fan.
A magnificent, award-winning group of six stories, covering continents and decades of experiences related to memories. These stories continue lingering in my own memory.
Traversing settings from South Africa to Wyoming to Lithuania to suburban Cleveland, and in time from the Holocaust to a near-term dystopian future, in this outstanding short story collection Doerr probes the subject of memory in evocative prose that only enhances the richness of these consistently moving tales.
Anthony Doerr has won the $20,000 Story Prize for his collection Memory Wall (Scribner), a book of six stories set in locales around the globe and sharing memory as a key element. Memory Wall is his fourth book and second short story collection.
The judges commented: "It is the shimmering space between the two planes of reality and memory that Doerr captures with immense sensitivity. He is adept at evoking a variety of places and different times in history, conjuring sharp settings in which the fragility of his characters is played out. The diversity of backgrounds underscores his poetic skill at illustrating his themes of emotional distancing and the resilience of hope. While he displays a rare imagination in the handling of his subjects, he maintains a beautiful and quiet grace in his precise, spare style, providing a harmonious resonance to all of the stories."
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