Tuesday, March 8, 2011
My Name Is Memory
Imagine for a second that most souls on the planet go through reincarnation; they die and come back in another body, not just once, but possibly numerous times. Imagine that you are one in millions (possibly billions) that can remember all of your past lives and recognize the souls of those from past lives. Well, Ann Brashares created a character named Daniel who can do just that in My Name Is Memory.
I've wanted to read this story from the moment I saw it at Barnes & Noble back in June 2010 when it was released and I finally did just that last weekend. I read it in 3 days, it was that good. I loved Daniel and the other soul that he follows through time, Lucy, who he has loved for centuries, but can't ever remember him. The story is mainly about how their lives finally converge in modern times and Daniel also tells his story through the centuries. It's heartbreaking and thought provoking and it's just one of those books you're not going to want to put down. I absolutely loved it and I'm sure you will too :)
I had to get it from the library because funds are low and I'd prefer to buy the hardcover when I can because the paperback cover is more reminiscent of a young adult novel, which I don't like mainly because it just doesn't fit the whole aura of the story (I'm not sure what the publishers were thinking with that one), and because it's too much like a young adult series by Lauren Kate called Fallen, which has a very similar premise and almost exactly the same names: Daniel and Luce. I won't even get into this because I haven't read Lauren Kate's books, but I'm sure it has to be coincidence as far as the names go because they were released within months of each other. Still, I found that a bit creepy, but in a good way because it almost emphasizes that both authors are probably onto something. I know I'm digressing with this, but I'm a very spiritual person and I believe in these things. I leave that discussion for another time, if I ever get into it at all on this blog.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and was greatly inspired by it. I'll definitely be reading it again.
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