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The Memory Police
The Memory Police: A Novel | Yoko Ogawa
A deft and dark Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objectsribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious "memory police," who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she takes refuge beneath her editor's floorboards. Together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past. Part allegory, part literary thriller, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
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AnansiGirl
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#currentlyreading BookRiot‘s #gettbr recommendation about a dystopian #future society where people with memory recall must be hidden from the police.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I keep seeing this book everywhere ~ super curious about it 5d
kathedron I'm currently reading this, too! 5d
AnansiGirl @Cinfhen I‘ll send you an update on it when I‘m done. 5d
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Cinfhen Great!!! Thank you 5d
AnansiGirl @kathedron I‘m half way through already, it‘s so unputdownable. How are you liking the book? 4d
kathedron I'm all set to finish it tonight. It's good, isn't it? 4d
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Hazel2019
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Can‘t say it‘s my “favorite” quote but it definitely stuck with me...

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Hazel2019
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I feel conflicted as I try to figure out how exactly I feel about The Memory Policy. It‘s well written, smooth reading, it talks about disappearances, but builds a full and complete picture of that world. That, I love. When it comes to some of the characters‘ choices, there‘s a lot that I would change. But then the book wouldn‘t have the same effect, right? 4.5 ⭐️ for me

DrexEdit Good review! This book is on my list so it's good to know what I might be getting into! 😊 1w
Hooked_on_books I loved this one. I thought the premise was wildly creative. 1w
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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I probably won‘t stick strictly to this, but at the moment these titles are the plan for the weekend.

For snacking, I‘ve loaded up on supplies for nachos and a cheese 🧀 🍐🍇 plate.

#mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24B4Monday

Andrew65 Good luck, look forward to seeing your progress. 😊👍 1w
ChasingOm I just finished Gideon — so good! And your snacks sound delicious too. 🤗 1w
CoffeeCatsBooks @ChasingOm I‘m excited to get to it! I keep hearing great things. 1w
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MrBook Love it!! Thank you for joining! 😁👏🏻🤗 1w
janeycanuck The Library Book is excellent. And I‘m intrigued to see more about Dinner with Mr Darcy. 1w
CoffeeCatsBooks @janeycanuck I‘m looking forward to it !I‘ll be sure to post about Dinner with Mr. Darcy. 1w
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TheBookstorePodcast
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This week on the podcast we discuss and review The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. It‘s a literary fantasy/dystopia and despite its sparse prose left us with a ton to think about. Have you read it? What did you think?

Hazel2019 I finished reading this yesterday and listened to your podcast (loved it! 😊) this morning. 2 additional quick things that I found interesting in the book — bottom of 1st page of Ch. 5 it says - “The vapor trail of a jet was visible in the sky outside the window.” This seems to be placing it in time somewhat...and it made me think that perhaps a more ‘normal‘ world exists out there. Just out of reach though 😕 1w
Hazel2019 The second thing...on 2nd page of Ch. 10 the narrator tells R why she wants to hide him and one of the reasons is...”if you‘re arrested, what will become of the novel I‘m writing.” Wasn‘t sure how to interpret that but it seemed to stand out ...selfish motives? Maybe helping him survive is her way surviving, preserving her memories and what she‘s created...could take this really far based on how the book ends...interesting. 1w
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Hazel2019
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Started on my #LMPBC read...looks like it‘ll be quick read but thought provoking for sure #Dystopia @Mogoeg @Hestapleton @MeesesPieces

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akfreeborn
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I do enjoy others picking books but have to admit there are times I‘m not thrilled with my book club‘s selection. So if I were in charge these would be my choices for the year. Mostly fiction, diverse, plenty of women authors too. Maybe my book club should get to pick 24 books!#myidealbookclub

Chrissyreadit I love your choices! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sing is phenomenal ❤️❤️ 3w
Cinfhen Awesome choices!!! I‘d happily join 😀 3w
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Come-read-with-me @akfreeborn These are excellent choices! 🤓 3w
BarbaraBB Such great choices!! 3w
sirrahde Wow very spot on! 3w
akfreeborn @sirrahde Thanks ! 3w
akfreeborn @sirrahde Welcome to The Litsy community 3w
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Hazel2019
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Can‘t wait for November!!! @MeesesPieces @Hestapleton @Mogoeg All ready to go 😁 #LMPBC

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Lindy
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As things—ribbons, roses, calendars, birds—mysteriously disappear from their island, and their absence is enforced by brutal memory police, the stakes get higher for those members of society who can‘t forget. Ominous and dreamlike, this reminded me of Abe‘s Woman in the Dunes, Lowry‘s The Giver, and Orwell‘s 1984. #Translation by Stephen Snyder.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 and I love that cover. 1mo
valeriegeary I'm so intrigued 1mo
charl08 Looks good - I've been very tempted by the cover in bookshops! 1mo
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Lindy @TrishB The cover suits the story well, with its double narrative, one of which is the novel that that central character is writing. 1mo
Lindy @valeriegeary I read from the opening chapter at our monthly literary salon (it fit perfectly with this month‘s theme: disappearance). Everyone took down the book‘s information because they wanted to read it based on the bit they had heard. It‘s weird in the best way. 1mo
Lindy @charl08 If you read it, I‘d love to know what you think. 1mo
charl08 Library has a copy, but something stopping me from logging in. Hopefully will be working soon. 1mo
Lindy @charl08 I wonder if software upgrades might be the problem; library computer systems people schedule them overnight, especially on a Saturday (in Edmonton) because our library branches don‘t open until 1pm on Sundays. 1mo
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Lindy
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For a long time I have wanted to watch him in the act of typing. It must be very beautiful to see. The glittering, carefully maintained machine, the snow-white paper, his perfectly straight back, his expertly placed fingers. The very thought of it makes me sigh. But I've never yet seen him type. Even now that we have become lovers. He never types in front of other people.

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Lindy
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Once, when I told him I‘d love to know what he thinks of my books, he demurred.
“I couldn‘t possibly say,” he said. “If you read a novel to the end, then it‘s over. I would never want to do something as wasteful as that. I‘d much rather keep it here with me, safe and sound, forever.”
Then he placed the book in a little altar to the sea gods in the ship‘s wheelhouse and joined his wrinkled hands in prayer.

Hooked_on_books I just finished this on audio. I thought it was tremendous. It‘s sad to know that it took 25 years before it was translated. 1mo
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Exia
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llawela
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A recent translation of Ogawa's 1994 dystopian book on loss, and it doesn't seem dated at all. Dark, slow, sparse.

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Monika_Mani
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Intriguing novel, slow paced but engaging.
I don't understand the metaphors behind few last dissapearances which in my opinion went too far and knocked down the initial understanding of the book.
It would be great if I finished reading it 30 pages before the end.

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Tonton
Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa

On the long list for best translation! Alongside Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. List also contains excerpt links: https://lithub.com/here-is-the-translated-literature-longlist-for-the-2019-natio...

BookwormM Haven‘t read this one but Drive Your Plow is amazing 2mo
Tonton @BookwormM I loved Drive Your Plow! amazing writing and hella translation; in awe. (Just finished a script translation which made me crazy for a week or so. ) 2mo
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bohemian_yogini
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A must read for dystopian lovers, especially if you enjoy a plot that lingers after you‘re done. Ogawa‘s writing style is simplistic & soft, adding to the eeriness of this story about memory-loss brought on by the authoritarian government & enforced by The Memory Police. We watch as the main character loses memory of mundane & personal items, & how the loss of memories impacts the community & individuals on the island. #bookswithbohemianyogini

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Redheadrambles
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Mehso-so

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I have been tricked into reading a surreal allegory and it has left me discombobulated.
It became obvious by halfway that answers for my many questions were not going to be forth-coming and as elegant as this writing is, there wasn't sufficient oomph to prevent me side-eyeing other more exciting novels. I was left grappling with allegory and the deviances of the worlds creepiest typing teacher.

( That cover though, it promises much ! )

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
aeeklund Excellent review!! I‘ve been curious about this one, but what you‘ve said here makes me think that it‘s probably not for me. Thank you! 2mo
Redheadrambles @TrishB @aeeklund thank you ! It still an exquisite piece of writing it just very languid a not really a dystopia in my mind but an exploration of memory/ loss and death. 2mo
Nute Wow! I dig this review! I‘m gonna give this go, but at least I have been forewarned.😳 2mo
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bohemian_yogini
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Can‘t. Put. This. Down. 😍🤯📖 #bookswithbohemianyogini #currentlyreading

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LTOC
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This book will haunt me for the rest of my life. Will recommend it to everyone that asks.

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Recently translated into English, I really enjoyed this dystopian story about an island where things regularly disappear (from perfume to birds to boats). Everyone accepts the disappearances due to a phenomenon that causes them to forget the feelings these items conjure. However, some people are able to retain these memories and that's where the Memory Police get involved, disappearing certain people, as well. Very big brother & thought provoking.

BooknerdsLife Interesting! 😱 2mo
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Catrobot
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I love Yoko Ogawa and I‘m definitely enjoying her latest book.

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rmaclean4
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Wow...I am going to have to sit with this one for a while. Not what expected. It is set in a dystopian future but the story felt much more pointed toward how women's voices are silenced. How women are maneuvered to give up their voice and agency. this was written in the early 90's and is just now being translated. Well worth a read! I flew through it. 4 🌟

BookwormM Sounds great 👍 3mo
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rmaclean4
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Weekend plans!!

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conny
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Things are disappearing and also from people‘s memories. If we have no memories left, then what is left of us?

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I loved this strange, quiet little book. Both this and The Housekeeper and Professor deal with the loss of memory and identity. This book was particularly atmospheric. I really tried to savor it.

An unnamed woman lives on an island where everyday objects disappear from collective memory. Those that don‘t forget are taken by the Memory Police.

alysonwrites Whoa...stacked! I just heard about The Housekeeper and the Professor. This one sounds intriguing too. 7mo
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My mom took the day off work and where did we end up? At the bookstore, of course 😎 I've never read any Japanese literature before and this cover caught my eye, so it had to come home with me.

rubyslippersreads That cover! 😍😍😍 3y
mllemay @rubyslippersreads I know!! It's so pretty 😍 3y
mllemay @LukkiAnn good to know! I'll keep that in mind if I like this one 😊 3y
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