Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thanks For The Memories

Joyce Conway's marriage has broken down and she has just lost her baby and as a result, had to have a blood transfusion. Suddenly, Joyce has all this knowledge that she never had before - she can talk about Italian and Irish architecture, she can speak different languages, has gone from a vegetarian to a meat lover and can quote Latin phrases. Most of all, she appears to have acquired someone else's memories. There is also Justin Hitchcock. An American, he moves to London to be near his teenage daughter. Guest lecturing in Dublin, he finds himself giving blood after being persuaded by a pretty doctor. These two people, upon a coincidental meeting at a salon, realise they have some kind of connection, and are unable to figure out why. We follow Justin and Joyce as they try to work out their weird sense of déjà vu.

Ok so you have read the summary of the book and it quite obviously reads as unbelievable and quite frankly, a bit contrived. However, there have been some cases where people have reported similar stories due to transfusions which is where I assume Ahern got her idea from. However, it is still a little far-fetched, Joyce seems to have acquired nearly all of Justin's personal memories, knows his name, and names of the members of his family. The way in which Ahern can describe people and events is truly awe inspiring, when she writes about Joyce and her Father (the hilarious elderly Irish man who quickly becomes the heart of the story) you almost feel as if you are sat right there with them. The starge connection between the two makes for a brilliant and refreshingly different storyline that takes romance to a whole new level!

asnAziz: Act, I experienced this déjà vu thingy several times =) And yeah, thanks for the memories friends especially the Seserians. How I wish to pause and rewind my life just for a sec. Doraemon, please!

1 comment:

fatiebagus ;) said...

I've read this book! :)
Cecelia Ahern is awesome. Whoa