The Memorist (Anglais) MP3 CD – 13 mars 2012
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Although there is one carry-over character present, The Memorist is most assuredly a stand-alone novel.
One of the pleasures of reading an M.J. Rose novel is her approach to historical fiction. While much of The Memorist takes place in present day Vienna, her forays into the 19th century are impeccably researched. She incorporates fascinating details into her story, many of which the reader might dismiss as part of the creative license a historical fiction writer so often invokes. It isn't until reaching the author's note at the end of the novel that the full extent of Rose's research becomes apparent.
If the plot synopsis above sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the plot of The Memorist is almost identical to that of her earlier novel, The Reincarnationist. New characters, new memories of past lives, and new artifacts for the protagonist to chase, but the plot movment is the same.
However, the improvements over The Reincarnationist are quickly apparent. Characters are more fleshed-out and their motivations better explored, giving the reader closer relationship with the characters.
Rose's penchant for over-populating her novels with characters is still present, but the improved characterizations make it much easier to keep track of just who is who.
But the very best quality of The Memorist is Rose's ability to meld time and place, even over the span of centuries, while still maintaining a tight, fast-paced thiller that keeps you guessing to the end.
Recommended, of course, for anyone with interest in reincarnation, but also for those who have a love of classical music (Beethoven plays a pretty big role in this novel!) or for those who just want to see a good example of blending modern day with the past.
Now an adult, Meer's sixty-five year old dad Jeremy, known as the "Jewish Indiana Jones" and who works in a Vienna auction house found the box listed in an auction catalogue. Inside the box is a letter that leads Jeremy to conclude that the artifact once was owned by Beethoven's beloved. Meer heads to Austria where memories flood her mind starting with the same flute tune that makes her wonder if she was Beethoven's lover in a previous life. As father and daughter seek a mystical flute, a murder and the stealing of the box and its letter makers both of them fear someone has a different fate in store for them.
THE MEMORIST is much more complex than the exhilarating THE REINCARNATIONIST, as M.J. Rose provides a superb thriller. There are several subplots that converge on Meer who like her dad begins to believe in her previous life. Meer, her dad and several other support players are fully developed so that the audience believes in all the seemingly paranormal nuances. Set aside plenty of time as this is not a fast read, but worth the time as THE MEMORIST is memorable.
Meers Logan is haunted by nightmares which seem vivid and real. She can smell, see and hear faint music which she can't put her finger on. When an envelope addressed to the Phoenix Foundation, which is dedicated to recovery of past life memories, Meers recognize the box which she spent years imagining.
Meers is determained to unlock the mystery and travels to Vienna to recover the lost memory Flute linked to the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
I liked "The Reincarnationist" and "The Memorist" by M. J. Rose didn't disappoint either. When I saw that the book starts out quoting the Zohar I immediately knew that the author has done her research.
While "The Memorist" is a bit slower than the previous novel, I thought the story was more interesting, the characters are more fleshed out and Vienna comes alive. Some of the characters from the first novel make an appearance, and even have an important role, however one need not read the first book to enjoy this one (even tough I would recommend it).
Ms. Rose complied a bunch of beliefs about reincarnation from several religions and religious texts and did a great job combining them and explaining some complex theology in simple terms.
On a side note: I loved that Ms. Rose incorporated Beethoven's Immortal Beloved into this book. From some reason I just got a kick out of it when it "clicked".
If you follow my blog you know that I enjoy a diverse range of books and am not afraid to tackle difficult and long books. One of the main reasons I enjoy these books is because they introduce me to a concept that is controversial and not part of the mainstream. While I don't know if I believe in reincarnation (though it sure would be nice) I still find it interesting to read about.