Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
Blurb from Goodreads
On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.
When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
Why I Want To Read It
Earlier this year, I indulged in my first Yōko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor. It was part of my May 2020 Japanese Literature Month. I didn’t expect that I would be captivated by the heartwarming story. I must say, Japanese writers are really gifted in the art of capturing slice-of-life moments. It manifested in many a Japanese work and The Housekeeper and the Professor was one of them. The book made me look forward to Ogawa’s other works.
One of these Ogawa works that captured my attention was The Memory Police. Whilst the Japanese version was published in 1994, the English translation was published in 2019, 15 years after the original. Nevertheless, it was a book that has captured my attention because of its interesting premise. But really, it was because I kept encountering the book that it finally made an impression on me. HAHA!
I was actually apprehensive about including the book on my to be read list. The reception was a little mixed. However, it making the shortlist of the 2020 Man Booker International Prize helped assuage my apprehensions. Even though it didn’t win the prize, it was enough to convince me to read the book. Moreover, the narrative seems to be wrapped in a blanket of mystery and suspense.
Actually, I just bought a copy of the book yesterday, when I went out. It was an impulse buy (together with Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic), again. Nevertheless, it is a book that I am looking forward to, one that I hope would live up to the hype and the mystique. Over the past few weeks, I have been purchasing a lot of Japanese books! My 2021 is going to be stacked yet again and another Japanese literature month seems to be in order.
Thus ends my Goodreads Monday post. How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!