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From the internationally best-selling, Man Booker Prize-long-listed Siri Hustvedt comes a provocative, exuberant novel about time, desire, memory and the imagination, which tells the story of a young Midwestern woman's first year in New York in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbour, Lucy Brite.
As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S. H. transcribes her neighbour's bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook, along with sundry other adventures, until one night when Lucy bursts into her apartment to rescue S. H. from a frightening situation.
Forty years later, S. H., now a veteran author, discovers her old notebook along with drafts of a never-completed novel at her mother's house. Ingeniously juxtaposing the various texts, S. H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year, creating a dialogue between selves across decades and reframing the past in the present.
Urgently paced, intellectually rigorous, poignant and often wildly funny, Memories of the Future brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous relation between sensation and thought, sanity and madness; and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger and rage.
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- holly bird
Oh dear, I listened as far as chapter 6, and realised that I was finding it like a piece of homework.
Not really enjoying it but feeling I had to finish it because the author is so highly thought of. I have read all her novels to date., but preferred her earlier ones. I thought the story was so slow at getting anywhere I lost interest. The pages and pages detailing the endless ranting of her neighbour in the apartment block combined with the unexpressive monotone of the narrator finally made me throw in the towel.
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