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The Longest Memory
by Fred D'aguiar | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 6/10/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award & David Higham First Novel Award

From Wikipedia:

"The Longest Memory is a short fiction novel (only 137 pages long) by British writer Fred D'Aguiar. The story takes place on a Virginian plantation, in the period before the American Civil War (Between 1790 and 1810). The book is told through many different people and in different forms. It begins in first person, with Whitechapel, the oldest and most respected slave on the plantation, recounting the sorrows of his life. From there on in each chapter is narrated by a different character, sometimes speaking through verse, via diary entry or in second person. Most of the chapters are narrated by characters central to the story, however chapter 11 is purely made up of fictitious editorials from the local newspaper known as the Virginian." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, October 03, 2015

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Reserved for Tarna's VPK IV. Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award & David Higham First Novel Award.
http://www.costa.co.uk/media/300231/CBA-Past-Winners-2015-Version.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Higham_Prize_for_Fiction
 


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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Brief yet deep, lyrical, beautifully written, this is a small gem and comes highly recommended.

Next off to joika.  


Journal Entry 4 by Joika at Kiiminki, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Highly appreciated, thank you Annimanni! 


Journal Entry 5 by Joika at Kiiminki, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

8 out of 10

Even though being short and kind of straightforward The Longest Memory was too much a piece for me to read quickly. It took me at least two weeks. I felt repugnancy the theme being slavery. The first chapter made the most impression, and so did the last. Despair and injustice, but also the fact that events occurred (whipping and the background of Chapel) strengthened the presumptions of the status and the justification of the slavery in the society. Manipulation came as a shock to me.

Long time since these days but think about what happened in Charlottesville (Virginia) this year in the statue dispute (Robert E. Lee). It is a huge burden still. 


Journal Entry 6 by kirjateoria at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Monday, October 16, 2017

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Joika toi tänään tämän minulle. Kuriirina toimitan eteenpäin. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingstinaPwing at Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa / Norra Österbotten Finland on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Minultakin jatkaa eteenpäin ;) 


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