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Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr
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May 12, 2011

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While I really enjoyed the title story "Memory Wall" as well as "The River Nemunas," some of the other stories didn't seem to have a point. They pretty much all featured orphans and were about dysfunctional relationships in remote towns. I feel like the author should have stayed with memory as a theme, rather than those three cliche topics.

While most of them are Fact Fiction, "Memory Wall" has a science fictional twist: in order to help preserve their memories, Alzheimer's patients can have their forgotten moments preserved on cartridges. The Treasure Island references and paleontology discussions interested me even more, but may have also set me up for a big let down for the next stories.

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