Simon remembers every act of sin ever confessed to him. Pavel forgets what he has just played and rehearses the same melody over and over. Unable to recall faces, Veronika uses different perfumes to remember the ones she loves. The Book of Memory Gaps is a collection of darkly humorous mini-stories that examine our curious and capricious unconscious. With concise, lyrical prose and a discerning command of color, Cecilia Ruiz captures the delicate and fleeting nature of memory, as well as its immense power–after all, who would we be without it?
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Melancholy. Memory Disorders. Beautiful illustrations. Darkly humorous.
This short book will have you re-reading sentences and empathizing with the characters. This book introduces characters with memory disorders and offers a sentence or two describing each. It may be short in textual content, however, it is large in emotional punch. The illustrations, also created by Ruiz, emphasize the tone with a palette of cool colors and soft ink drawings.
Ruiz keeps with a theme of sadness and loneliness that many readers can relate to, which is what makes this 60-page book worth reading.