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Memory by Donald E. Westlake
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it

First of all, I am very saddened by the passing of Donald Westlake. His Dortmunder series has given me reading pleasure for years.I always knew he was a good writer with a terrific sense of humor. But I have never read a work that showcased his writing talent like this one. This was just published, but obviously is an older piece. It also is not one bit funny, and is quite moving.

Paul Cole is an actor who loses his memory while touring with an acting company. The reader learns in the first paragraph that Paul is a womanizer, and is struck with rage when a jealous husband hits him with a chair. He wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the incident or much else about himself. There, the story begins. It is not a crime novel (unless the robbery of one's memory might be considered such). It is, however, a touching, very human work. I agree with other reviewers who say that it stays with you.l

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