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The Memory Artists

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Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Novel

Noel Burun has synesthesia and hypermnesia: he sees words in vibrant explosions of colors and shapes, which collide and commingle to form a memory so bitingly perfect that he can remember everything, from the 1001 stories of The Arabian Nights to the color of his bib as a toddler. But for all his mnemonic abili
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ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2001)
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Milena
Jul 02, 2013 Milena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Това не е книга за мързеливи читатели.

Преди време говорих с Христо за това как четем всяка книга от височината на купа други, които сме прочели. Е, “Творците на памет“ на Джефри Мур сама по себе си е планина от други книги - от приказките от хиляда и една нощ но оригиналните, сластни и скандални), през поезията от различни столетия до учебниците по химия и фармакология, тази книга увлекателно, но и изискващо разказва не просто една история, а цяла вселена.

Ако обичате да афиширате любовта си към
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Lammoth
Aug 24, 2013 Lammoth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Данните показват, че Алцхаймеровата болест поразява милиони хора след 65-та им годишнина, като до осемдесет и петата година болестта поразява почти половината население на тази възраст.

Синестетите пък са хора, които обикновено асоциират едно възприятие с друго, като например свързват гласовете или прочетените думи с многоцветни форми. По този начин някои от тях успяват да запаметят огромни количества информация.

Джефри Мур обединява тези две странности в една книга. В две личности - майка и син.
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Кремена Михайлова
В духа на книгата – не се получи химията между нас. В първите 50 стр. се чудих ще се ориентирам ли „какво става“. После посвикнах, между 250 и 350 стр. бях малко по-съпричастна. Но наистина още от самото начало имах неблагоприятна настройка, която може би предопредели нещата (нехаресването). Дори самите имена ме наостряха – особено Ворта. И това сигурно е въпрос на химия, физика или каквото е там – свързано с мозъка, слуха… Още някои имена ми звучаха неприятно, а уж благозвучното Самира също не ...more
AshReads♥
Feb 02, 2016 AshReads♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Цитати:

"-С други думи си мизантроп.
-Че как иначе? Човешкият вид, еволюцията на видовете, е една колосална грешка. Дарвин сигурно го е съзнавал. Човеците и шимпанзетата са произлезле от общ предтеча преди около шест милиона години - гените ни се припокриват 98,7 процента. Но гените в нашия мозък някак си са се развили различно, дали са ни повече мозъчна мощ. Е, какво сме свършили с тази своя мозъчна мощ? Използвали сме я за нарцистични цели, за да докажем, че сме единствените живи същества, от ко
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Sve
Jul 01, 2013 Sve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ако една от функциите на книгите е да ни въвличат в нови реалности, то "Творците на памет" изключително добре се справи с тази задача.
Книгата ме "всмука" и изхвърли сред парченцата ненужни (но и невъзможни за забравяне) спомени на Ноел, побутваше ме над бездните в паметта на Стела.
Начинът на възприемане на света от синестетите дотолкова ми хареса, че почти съжалих, че не мога да "чувам" цветовете на хората.
Страхотна работа по книгата на целия екип на "Жанет-45".
Umut
Jan 26, 2016 Umut rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
yazarın kurgu tekniği de bugüne kadar hiç görmediğim bir şekilde. Biz dünyaca ünlü nörolog Èmilie Vorta'nın kiraladığı hayalet yazarın, doktorun notlarından ve hastası olan dört sinestezik arkadaşın günlüklerinden yola çıkarak yazdığı bir kitabı okuyoruz. Bu da yetmiyor, okurken bir taraftan da Dr Vorta'nın sayfa altlarına koyduğu dipnotlarla karşılaşıyoruz. Örneğin 10. sayfada "Doktor minik elini sıkarken Noel, "İyi de doktor neden bu kadar mutlu?" diye düşündü. "Acaba benim üzerimde de şempanz ...more
Jess
Aug 10, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dilyana Georgieva
За малко книги ще го кажа, но тази трябва да се чете бързо. Цялата лудост трябва да се погълне така мощно, както е била сътворена. Ето тук не ми се получи и може би затова мнението ми през цялото време се колебаеше, но последните страници ми дадоха това мигновено запленяване, каквото щях да получа, ако бях погълнала тези няколкостотин страници наведнъж. :)
Постоянно трябваше да си повтарям, че това са действителни хора, че подобно нещо се е случило в цялата си (не)художествена невероятност и тов
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Христо Блажев

“Творците на памет”: феерия от цветове, звучи, спомени, наука, емоции…: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/t...

“Творците на памет” е сложен и дълбок роман, който силно ми напомняше на “Изкуството, сталкерът на ума” на Джона Лерър. И тук на едно място се сбират както науката в най-чистия си и достоен за възхищение вид – този, който се бори за добруването на хората и удължаването на живота им, и емоционалният хаос, който творческите личности рядко успяват да сдържат. Петима души се намират в слож
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Vivaval
This is a quick and engaging book to read. The characters are fabulous; they are interesting and sympathetic. But the plot gets more and more confusing as the book goes on. By the end, I had no clue what was happening. In fact, I found the ending very disappointing. The writing style isn't well-developed, and in my opinion could have benefited from more vigorous editing. Too much of the plot in the book seems to fall back on literary cliches. The dialogue is stiff and hackneyed.

That being said,
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Nur
Jan 28, 2016 Nur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Değişik tanımının az kalacağı, her karakterde ayrı bir dünyayla baş başa kalınan, üzüldüğüm, sevindiğim bazı kısımlarında kahkahalar attığım, sonunda göz dolduran sahnesiyle, verdiği küçük büyük bilgilerle kesinlikle herkesin rafında yer almasını tavsiye ettiğim bir kitap. En sevdiğim kitaplar arasına başarıyla giriş yaptı:)
Pan18
Apr 15, 2010 Pan18 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching and well written
arzu
Oct 11, 2016 arzu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı beğenmedim desem yalan olur ama bayılmadım da. Kitapta en beğendiğim bölüm alzheimer ile alakalı kısımdı. Norval en çok merak ettiğim karakterdi. Finali bana göre biraz yavan kaldı. Empati(Adam Fawer) i önceden okuduğum için ve bu kitabı onunla kıyasladıkları için beklentimin fazla yüksek olması da etkiledi.
Puanım 2. fakat alzheimer ve Norval'ın hatırına 3.
Jmackarla
The Memory Artists

Synaesthesia: Somebody affected by synaethesia may 'experience' colours when they hear or read words, while others 'see' sounds or 'hear' colours.
[Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_...]

Alzheimer: a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.
[Source: www.ncbI.nlm.nih.gov]

Noel Burun has synaesthesia and his mother, Stella Burun, has Alzheimer. Throughout the novel, we get an insider’s view of Noel’s life as he strugg
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Mira Baldaranova
Jul 25, 2014 Mira Baldaranova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Оригинално преплитане между наука и литература. Въпреки че според мен фармацевтиката надделява неразумно. Чудновата микстура от психоактивни вещества. Континентално-американският привкус е леко натрапчив,оригиналността идва от примеса с арабски мистицизъм. Може да не е по вкуса на всеки.

Интересните персонажи са следващото впечатляващо нещо. Силен образ на Ноел – геният на паметта. Истински литературен дар към богинята Мнемозина. Не по-малковъздействащ е този на Норвал. Любимият ми от петимата гл
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L
Oct 04, 2012 L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little underwhelming, story-wise but did contain good information about enhancing memory naturally through the use of nature. Everything I researched that was casually mentioned by the characters had a grain of truth in it. I'm not sure one should "torch" all of one's lavender if one wants to improve one's memory but the reasoning behind it slowing your memory makes sense and tests prove it. Also, Vitara…so much more than an awesome Suzuki SUV. Lots of good information to be learned here.

The o
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Steven
Jun 03, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perhaps not so unusual piece of postmodern fiction. The hopes that I had for this book were definitely not met in that the focus was not on Noel's condition but instead, the relationships and similarities between himself, his mother, friends and to a lesser extent, his doctor. Through its simplicity the writing style is easy to follow despite jumping from character to character, which can be disconcerting for some. The most interesting element between the separate elements of the characters is ...more
Gabriela Kozhuharova
Jan 12, 2017 Gabriela Kozhuharova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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„Творците на памет” – написана със звуци, разказана в цветове: http://azcheta.com/tvorcite-na-pamet-...

„Творците на памет“ е нестандартен, експериментален роман, който съчетава в себе си класическо повествование, дневници и научни бележки. Отначало ми беше трудно да преценя дали тази структура ми харесва, или ме обърква. Тук познатата система „завръзка-кулминация-развръзка“ не е ясно изразена. Сърцето на творбата определено е в интеракцията между различните герои – колкото повече време прекарвах
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Esra
Sep 04, 2016 Esra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(-2 )Kitabın April yayıncılıktan çıkması ve kapağının Adam Faver'ın Empati kitabının kapağına benzemesi kitabın içeriğini gördükten sonra beni çok büyük bir hayal kırıklığına uğrattı. Özellikle kitabın (spoiler sayılabilir!) çok değerli Dr. Vorta tarafından kendi istediği doğrultuda yazılması için "kiralanan" bir yazar tarafıdan yazılıp, birde yetmeyip sayfalar tutan dipnotlarda kendini aklama çalışmaları kitabın roman kategorisinde yer alma ihtimalini ortadan kaldırmış. Kısacası kitabın kurgusu ...more
Lorraine
Dec 07, 2010 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chemists, Poets, Psychologists
Recommended to Lorraine by: randomly picked off the shelft at the public library
Shelves: canadian, zz2010
So different! I loved the uniqueness of the book. It is a novel, but designed to be a compilation of narrations and diary entries "written" by a neuropsychologist as if it were actually an academic work, complete with the narrator's endnotes (for once you actually need to read the endnotes!) Vorta, the doctor is a complete nut job, but you only really meet him through the endnotes and the character's discussion of him. Noel is a synesthesia and hypermnesia dealing with his mother's Alzheimer's. ...more
Melynda Yesenia
most of the character development is done entirely in question and answer format so that it's sort of like reading transcripts of a talk show rather than a novel. it was really grating until over half way in when i realized i really wanted to know how everything turns out for noel's mom and what the arabian nights had anything to do with anything. add in the science experiments and a darkened, secret laboratory and i was drawn in, completely.

also, this automatically gets a star for being about
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Lucy
Jul 26, 2007 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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this one's about a guy with a super-memory and synaesthesia , trying to find a cure for his mother who has alzheimers, along with some friends. it's written as if it's a non-fiction account by the guy's neuropsychologist, complete with footnotes and interspersed with excerpts from all the other characters' diaries. i liked the odd structure (it was yet another bookslut recommendation and jessa read it because of the blurb from david mitchell, whose cloud atlas was another wonderful, structurally ...more
David Rim
Jan 16, 2008 David Rim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory Artists is almost hallucinatory, layered upon itself endlessly, revolving around the connection between memory, creativity and intelligence. As I was alternating between hilarity and utter confusion, I realized that this book is one of the most imaginative and creative works I've come across in awhile. Some of the cleverness didnt work all that well, such that in the end I had to say that it falls short of being a great novel, or even one of my favorites. But it is highly engaging, th ...more
Steev Hise
Feb 04, 2008 Steev Hise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steev by: raquel
Shelves: novels
a touching and clever novel.

its a great combo of characters. snotty cynical Rimbaud-wannabe, semi-autistic wingnut, hypergenius dork, etc

the alzheimer's stuff is sad cuz my grandmother had it, and it got even sadder when i read at the end in the acknowldegements that he learned a lot from his parents who both had it.

i like the interesting frame around the story, too, with the footnotes by the arrogant scientist, correcting things in the text and bragging about how great the swiss are.

anyway, rea
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Alicia
Dec 16, 2008 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory Artists by Jeffrey Moore is one of those books that has been growing on me the longer I read it. Noel Burun has a condition called synaesthesia which causes him to attach colors to events from his past and part of the story is told from his point of view. (By the way, I looked up this condition and it does exist.) His mother has Alzheimers and part of the story is told from her point of view not to mention the points of view of other "unusual" characters that are also represented. Thi ...more
CuteBadger
I picked this up for 1 in Poundland (a UK chain of stores where everything is 1). My local branch often has hardback books which I can't resist so I often end up buying things that I wouldn't usually buy or even come across in normal bookshops.

This novel takes the form of a study reconstructed by a neuropsychologist of some of this patients with memory conditions - these range from those who can't remember anything to those who can't forget anything.

It's an interesting subject, and makes for a q
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Cindy Suedoku
May 25, 2016 Cindy Suedoku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. The author depicts several types of memory differences with enough neurological information for the curious but not so much that it detracted from the characters. I'd give it 4.5 stars. The plot, setting, themes, and characters were all beautifully developed despite some quirky barriers to the plot. It seemed like the book's ending was lacking the same artistry as the rest of the book.
Genni Gunn
Aug 03, 2013 Genni Gunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory Artists is a novel that covers many contemporary topics, through sparkling language, memorable characters, and an interesting plot line. One of the "memory artists" of the title is a character to can't forget anything, and the other is his mother, who increasingly, can't remember everything. Jeffrey Moore pulls in much of our contemporary malaise, showing us life in Montreal in this age of disconnection.
Annie Feng
Jan 22, 2014 Annie Feng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the topic, not so much the book. It's a really sad book drenched in an air of hopelessness and science fiction, and reading it at the young age of 14 helped neither confidence nor passion in the field of science. On the other hand, a book like "a mango shaped space" might've been more appropriate for introduction to the topic, but this book was nevertheless fascinating.
Sunny Shaffner
Feb 23, 2015 Sunny Shaffner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book around the same time I started to develop an interest in psychology. Jeffrey Moore paints vivid pictures and an imaginative story. The characters in this book are spectacular and highlight the contrast between each other. The quirky characters and their interactions and perception make for an engaging read. Highly recommended!
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Born in Montreal, Jeffrey Moore was educated at the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne (Paris) and the University of Ottawa. He is currently a freelance translator and Lecturer in Translation at the Université de Montréal. He works for museums, theatres, dance companies and film festivals around the world, and has an extensive list of published translations to his credit, including Magritte, Cent ...more
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