Memory Book is somewhat based on the author’s experience, as a companion piece to his memoir The Man Who Forgot How To Read. I think this was a large part of the reason why I found the storyline interesting, in addition to my love of almost all stories that take place in Toronto.
Chokecherry is a short Canadian novel distributed by a small publisher, so it’s not very likely that I would have come across it if it hadn’t been featured on Between the Covers.
For the most part, I enjoyed the way that Nemat told her story, especially how she details the way she felt at different points in her life and this experience, and how things changed for her over time. Many of the hardships that she endured were re-told in such a way that you almost felt like you were there with her, inside her skin, experiencing the Islamic Revolution for yourself. You could feel the fear and uncertainty.
I’d heard lots of good things about The Book of Negroes, and have contemplated borrowing it from my library at school to read, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, so I decided to select it as the first audio book that I would try out.
It did not disappoint.
Given how much I loved reading all of Ondaatje’s other books, particularly In the Skin of a Lion, it’s a little surprising that it took me this long to get around to buying his most recent novel. Now that I’m getting back into the swing of things, though, I made sure to include it in my last Chapters order. I’ve been reading it since it showed up!