on July 15, 2013
For anyone who enjoys history paired with excellent storytelling, this book is a must. Although some of the characters are just plain unlikeable, Elias Cole, for example, the author really has a knack for creating an interesting and suspenseful story.
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on May 14, 2011
Memory of Love is a wonderful story, and I think certain to win the Orange Prize for 2011.
Initally it can seem a complex book, due to the several main characters, and and the nonliner nature of the story.
Kai - a native of Sierra Leone who is a surgeon
Adrian - a psychologist who has arrived from Europe to work with those with psychological problems
Cole - an older Sierra Leone native who tells his story to Adrian from his hospital bed.
Saffia - the woman pictured on the cover - a woman with a complex story.
The story takes place post civil war in Sierra Leone. Initially I found it a bit confusing to keep track of the characters, as well as the story line, which is told in a non - linear form . However , by about page 60 I had the all of the charaters and story line easily in hand. Aminatta Forna is a beautiful writer, and as the plot unfolds, many surprises about the characters and the intertwining of their lives emerge. This is a wonderful story of both devastation and also of hope.
The story of the civil war in Sierra Leone forms the background for this wonderful and enlightening story.
Altogether a beautiful read and highly recommended.