THE MEMORY OF LOVE by Aminatta Forna

Incalculable grief cleaves to profound love in this elaborate, helical tapestry of a besieged people in postwar Freetown, Sierra Leone. Interlacing two primary periods of violent upheaval, author Aminatta Forna renders a scarred nation of people with astonishing grace and poise–an unforgettable portrait of open wounds and closed mouths, of broken hearts and fractured spirits, woven into a stunning evocation of recurrence and redemption, loss and tender reconciliation. Forna mines a filament of hope from resigned fatalism, from the devastation of a civil war that claimed 50,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people. Those that survived felt hollowed out, living with an uneasy peace.

February 14, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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POINT OMEGA by Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo’s POINT OMEGA is a slim and subtle novel. It is so slim that very little happens and so subtle that the reader will be left to question exactly what happened here and what any of it means.

The book begins and ends with with the viewing of a film exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit is called 24 Hour Psycho and it screens Hitchcock’s famous movie in slow motion, without sound, for a full twenty-four hours.

February 19, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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