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The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt
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Aug 13, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-reads
Read from April 30 to May 02, 2011

I just knew this book would be special. How sadly disheartening that we can look forward to no new works from Tony Judt. He was a self-described "edge person": the "fierce unconditional loyalties -- to a country, a God, and idea, or a man" had come to terrify him. He saw that "the thin veneer of civilization rests upon an illusory faith in our common humanity." I especially liked the final piece on Switzerland, since like Judt I've always been strangely drawn to the country -- even though it's boring and clean and liberals might look askance (Don't you know about the War?!).
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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom Does this contain "Night," the short essay about living with ALS he wrote for NYR? Lord, what a powerful piece.


message 2: by Holly (last edited Jul 27, 2016 12:50PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Holly Hi Tom. I read this in 2011 so I don't remember! (But just checked the table of contents and yes, that is here.)


Holly Just read what I wrote here about Switzerland. Hmm. (Reading Moorehead's Village of Secrets last month I learned a lot more about Switzerland's refusal to open their borders to refugees.)


message 4: by Tom (new)

Tom Holly wrote: "Hi Tom. I read this in 2011 so I don't remember! (But just checked the table of contents and yes, that is here.)"

Great, thanks, Holly. That piece alone is worth the price.


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