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The Memory of Love | [Aminatta Forna]

The Memory of Love

A poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances – this novel is an immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience. Sierra Leone: civil war has left an entire population with terrible secrets to keep. In the capital's hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon, is plagued by demons. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a university professor who recalls the love that drove him to acts that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer and into the path of one woman at the centre of their stories.
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A poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances – this novel is an immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience.

Sierra Leone: civil war has left an entire population with terrible secrets to keep. In the capital's hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon, is plagued by demons. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a university professor who recalls the love that drove him to acts that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer and into the path of one woman at the centre of their stories.

©2010 Aminatta Forna (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Joanna
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    3/29/12
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    "Worth it!"

    I started off just enjoying this book, but it grew and grew into a wonderful story. I wouldn't say the plot twists and turns, but linkages between different strands of the story are gradually revealed until it becomes a complex and rich whole. The narrator is amazing - performs a wide array of natural sounding voices. My only criticism is that he makes the english character sound a bit gormless at the beginning, but either I came to terms with his voice or it became better as the book went on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    9/24/11
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    "Thought provoking, interesting & wonderfully read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Harrowing, moving, beautifully written. The narrator makes the experience even more enjoyable. It is hard to believe that all those voices came from one man! i found the voices matched the characters personality. The strength of individuals following personal and national trauma shines through. It was interesting to think about the personal motives of those going to help in countries recovering from war.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Sydney, Australia
    8/22/13
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    "Interwoven lives in conflict-affected Sierra Leone"

    This is a wonderful book which examines the interwoven lives and loves of a handful of people in conflict-affected Sierra Leone. It explores the stories of a Sierra Leonian academic and political scientist who is incarcerated, threatened and broken; a Sierra Leonian surgeon whose personal experiences and helplessness during the war have left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and a desire ultimately to leave his homeland; and an English psychologist working in the country with patients with mental health problems, who questions and is questioned, about his own motives and ability to contribute. The women in their lives are less to the fore but present a powerful backdrop of interconnected resilience despite adversity. They too are tragically often defeated by the overwhelming brutality of war and the lack of resources in such a poor post-conflict country. The language is beautiful and the different perspectives and perceptions come through strongly. The book powerfully offers insights to Sierra Leone, the politics, the war and conflict, the challenges, the strengths and, perhaps to a lesser extent, the underlying hope...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Northbridge, Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderful, engaging and thought-provoking"

    This is a novel with many levels, and all of them hugely fulfilling. Beautifully narrated, wonderfully drawn characters with such human imperfections, it's easy to put at the top of my 'must download' list. I actually wonder whether the text version would be as rewarding as this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marianna
    Horst, Netherlands
    10/10/12
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    "Stunning"

    Beautifully written, thoughtful, sensitive, captivating and thought provoking. I rarely write reviews, but I was so moved by Aminatta Forna's writing style, that I really wanted to share it with others. A wonderfully special find, could not recommend it strongly enough.

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