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Content warning: violence against children
Intricately weaving together three parallel plot threads in one neat package, The Memory Theater is an inventive little package about a sister protecting her brother, that brother trying to get his name back, and a frightening noblewoman who discovered time.
Creepy and gorgeously atmospheric, this is a must-read for fans of Scandinavian fairy tales and folklore with darker tones.
Author Karin Tidbeck will be featured in a blog interview on release day, February 16th, 2021.
I cannot remember the last time I read a book that was so perfect in length. At such a tight package, there are no loose ends, there is enough description to fully immerse the reader. Each of the three main characters have a satisfying character arc. Sentences are short and deliberate, with the word choice that is a feat of precision. The Gardens come alive and the crossroads aren’t as they seem. People shed their skin and change identities. The presentation is seamless and dreamy, even when the reverie turns into a nightmare.
This book read like a fairy tale with a satisfying set of rules that were only shown in terms of reactions. Augusta wasn’t supposed to know what time was, and we only know because Mnemosyne kicks her out. Names carry such meaning, and the only way the reader finds out the cost is through consequence. The characters ebb and flow through cause and effect, and it works so well to keep the reader suspended in that dream.
A goth fairy tale I definitely want to reread in the near future to get more of its essence.