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密やかな結晶L’île où se déroule cette histoire est depuis toujours soumise à un étrange phénomène les choses et les êtres semblent promis à une sorte d’effacement diaboliuement orchestré uand un matin les oiseaux disparaissent à jamais la jeune narratrice de ce livre ne s’épanche pas sur cet événement dramatiue le souvenir du chant d’un oiseau s’est évanoui tout. gotta consider how to describe my thoughts on this one but i’m pretty confident that a three star is the way to go although it’s honestly subject to change u know me indecisive af

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REVIEW 密やかな結晶 î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ ❮Reading❯ ➽ 密やかな結晶 ➶ Author Yōko Ogawa – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk L’île où se déroule cette histoire est depuis toujours soumise à un étrange phénomène les choses et les êtres semblent promis à une sorte d’effacementNostalgie ces êtres sont en danger Traués par les chasseurs de mémoires ils font l’objet de rafles terrifiantesUn magnifiue roman angoissant kafkaïen Une subtile métaphore des régimes totalitaires à travers lauelle Yoko Ogawa explore les ravages de la peur et ceux de l’insidieux phénomène d’effacement des images des souvenirs ui peut conduire à accepter le pi. uiet and understated The Memory Police reflects on what it means to remember the past in the face of state repression The allegorical novel follows an unnamed writer living on a remote island locked in perpetual winter ruled by an authoritarian gang of police who slowly banish residents’ memories of all they’ve ever known from rose gardens to novels Not all the residents forget though and those who don’t are rounded up and killed by the police; the story centers on the writer’s fraught attempt to hide inside her home her editor who can remember everything the police outlaw and destroy As with any uasi allegory the concept’s hazy the characters one note and the setting vague but Ogawa writes clear entrancing prose that’s compelling to read The newly translated novel was written over two decades ago and its tale of loss and repression in a land beset by climate chaos is especially resonant today in the face of a warming world and ever intensifying political turmoil

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Comme celui de l’émotion ue provouaient en elle la beauté d’une fleur la délicatesse d’un parfum la mort d’un être cher Après les animaux les roses les photographies les calendriers et les livres les humains semblent touchés une partie de leur corps va les abandonnerEn ces lieux demeurent pourtant de singuliers personnages Habités de souvenirs en proie à la. ‘’Long ago before you were born there were many things here; my mother used to tell me when I was still a child ‘’Transparent things fragrant thingsfluttery ones bright oneswonderful things you can’t possibly imagine It’s a shame that the people who live here haven’t been able to hold such marvelous things in their hearts and minds but that’s just the way it is one this island Things go on disappearing one by one It won’t be long now’’ she added ‘’You’ll see for yourself Something will disappear from your life’’ In an unnamed island time passes uietly carrying the years of the islanders along the way The years and the memories Literally Objects we all take for granted have disappeared Ribbons bells precious stones perfume flowers fruit Objects and notions are being forgotten along with feelings and thoughts The elders of the community hide the secrets of the past in their eyes and hearts unable to share them because the Memory Police are there to enforce the disappearances Becoming and brutal they persecute the ones who dare to react by preserving tokens of the lost objects or the citizens who are genetically unable to forget The Memory Police want to create a community where every thought and feeling will have become a thing of the past lost and forgotten until there’s nothing left until everyone is soulless ‘’I wonder how the wind could tell the roses from all the other flowers’’ This is my first Ogawa novel and it proved to be one of the strangest most haunting reading experiences Behind the scenery of a form of a totalitarian regime Ogawa presents issues that provide ample material for contemplation and discussion What is the significance of Memory How does it define the world we know A ribbon is a ribbon because we know its name we recognize its use If we wake up one morning and decide that it is time to discard every ribbon we own forget its existence and go on living how will this change affect us Once we forget every gift of Nature every object mankind has created since the dawn of time we will simply cease to exist ‘’I sometimes wonder what I’d see if I could hold your heart in my hands’’ Ogawa creates a storyparable of disappearing notions and objects to refer to freedom of thought and speech demonstrating the strong bond between our feelings and experiences and the way we perceive the world through our senses We see an object we smell a perfume we listen to a melody and thoughts start flooding our mind Without these stimuli we are empty vessels And this is exactly what regimes need Empty moulds that have lost the ability to think and feel Let us think of our past Hitler and Stalin tried to create a ‘’clean sheet’’ out of troubled societies controlling everything But Thought and Memory cannot be controlled Not even by monstersOgawa chooses not to name the country the story is set in The heroine and the cast of characters remain nameless Even the editor whom the young woman is trying to protect is simply called ‘’R’’ This choice intensifies the haunting atmosphere and the universality of the themes The main character is a very sympathetic tangible woman Sensitive brave and determined to keep the spirit and the memory of her parents alive She is a human being who thinks and feels experiencing the dilemmas and fears of the one who tries to swim against the current having lost her mother and father to the Memory Police ‘’Autumn passed uickly The crushing of the waves was sharp and cold and the wind brought the winter clouds from beyond the mountains’’ In literary terms this novel is uietly devastating Haunting and atmospheric its prose is hypnotic and unassumingly philosophical The autumnal scenes and the long winter that seems to be unwilling to leave the island create a melancholic setting that makes the looming threat of the Memory Police a little bearable The scenes of the disappearing roses will make you cry The dialogue is poetic and the extracts of the novel written by the main character add another dimension to the plot Written 15 years ago this novel has all the characteristics of Japanese Literature and succeeds in creating a Dystopian setting that is effective and terrifying Most of the contemporary Anglo Saxon wannabe Dystopian writers could learn a thing or two by reading Ogawa’s masterpiece I doubt they will though ‘’I make my living now from my writing So far I've published three novels The first was about a piano tuner who wanders through music chops and concert halls searching for her lover a pianist who has vanished She relies solely on the sound of his music that lingers in her ears The second was about a ballerina who lost her right leg in an accident and lives in a greenhouse with her boyfriend who is a botanist And the third was about a young woman nursing her younger brother who suffers from a disease that is destroying his chromosomes Each one told the story of something that had been disappeared’’ Many thanks to Pantheon and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on