Memory of Water

by Emmi Itäranta | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0062326155 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingruzenawing of Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 6/17/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingruzenawing from Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
HarperVoyager 2014. 263 pp.

Nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015

This is the debut novel of the young Finnish writer. It is written by her both in Finnish and in English, and was first published in Finnish as Teemestarin kirja ("The Tea Master's Book").
It is a dystopia located in far future where the Scandinavian Union is occupied by soldiers. Much of the former civilization and knowledge has disappeared, and water sources are scanty and precious. Seventeen-year old Noria studies to be a traditional tea master like her father. Her mother has chosen a scientist's career and left for the far-off university.
I liked the book a lot. The themes are important, and the style is beautiful. The contrast between the serene text and the scary world described is unique.

-ruzena



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Tsjara (NL; any)
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EDIT. 25.5.2017: Dani75 (Germany) is "looking forward to reading it" since Feb. 2016 and not responding to my PM's

Journal Entry 2 by wingruzenawing at A Book Ray, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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The book ray started. Happy reading, Lubiette!

Journal Entry 3 by Lubiette at Kallithea, Attica Greece on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Book received today with nice postcard and stamps, thank you.

Journal Entry 4 by Lubiette at Kallithea, Attica Greece on Monday, August 04, 2014
A book about choices, power of ritual and secret in a water-starved post-apocalyptic future. Beautifully written and fascinating, it’s a worth reading story.
Ruzena, thank you so much for this ring !
Due to holidays time, the book will be shipped to Blue_Berry after the 15th of August.

Journal Entry 5 by Lubiette at Book ring, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, August 18, 2014

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In the mail to Blue_Berry, happy reading !

Journal Entry 6 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, August 25, 2014
Received with thanks! I have 1,5 books to finish before I can start on this one.

Journal Entry 7 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, September 08, 2014
This was an interesting and beautifully written novel describing a world in a dystopic future where little is left as we know it. The narrator, Noria is determined to practice the profession of her father and ancestors as traditional tea master but she will be faced with hard choices.

Journal Entry 8 by Blue_berry at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, September 08, 2014

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Sending to next reader in the BR, enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by Sparkish at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Thank you for sending this one on Blue_berry. I have been on holiday so sorry if there has been a delay in journaling. I have another Bookray book to finish reading before this, but will get on with this as soon as possible, there shouldn't be too much of a delay :-)

Journal Entry 10 by Sparkish at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I found this book hard going in the first place, but was pleased I stuck with it. Will be on its way to Arvores as soon as I have the address.

Journal Entry 11 by Sparkish at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, October 24, 2014

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On its way to Arvores :-)

Journal Entry 12 by wingArvoreswing at Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Portugal on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
It has arrived today. I can't wait to start reading it!

Thank you so much for sharing.

Journal Entry 13 by wingArvoreswing at Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Portugal on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Reading the last chapters and PMing the next reader for address.

SO sorry for the delay. Life messed up.

Will comment on the book, soon.

Journal Entry 14 by wingArvoreswing at Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Portugal on Friday, January 09, 2015
I always thought that there's something similar between the Finnish and the Japanese culture. In some way, this book confirms what I feel.

And I always thought that, if there's a major conflict to take place it will be because of shortness of water. The author brings this threat to light.

Most of the time I wasn't able to place myself in this scenery, I couldn't sense the landscape, maybe because of the absence of green. But in several occasions the author can take us to the skin of the main character, Noria, making us travel deep into her heart and mind.

One more good book coming from my dream land.

Paljon kiitos!

I'm sorry for keeping it longer that I was supposed to. Life hasn't been so kind, lately.
It will be sent to Jotka next week.
Warm regards to all.

Journal Entry 15 by wingArvoreswing at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Friday, January 23, 2015

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Sent to Jotka.
Enjoy! :-)

Journal Entry 16 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Monday, January 26, 2015
Book is here :) Thank you for sending it and for the interesting postcard.
12.03.2015
Interesting: it's impossible to read this book fast. It took me almost two weeks. My friend who is not (yet) a bookcrosser also needed so much time. But I like it very much. It's really peaceful.

Journal Entry 17 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Today sent to Tsjara. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 18 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, March 16, 2015
Arrived here safely. Thanks so much for sending Jotka and all the lovely goodies you included! Just finished one of the books I was reading, so I will start with this one soon.
Thanks ruzena for sharing the book. :)

Journal Entry 19 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 10, 2015

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This was also a slow read for me, especially in the beginning, but after I got more used to the style I really liked it. The writing is lovely and really adds to the atmosphere. It is an interesting (and scary) idea of the future where drinkable water is scarce and knowledge of the world before is mostly gone. The ending was not how I expected it to be, but somehow that makes me like the book even better.

Thanks for sharing the book ruzena!
It is now on its way to catsalive. Hope you will enjoy it :)

Journal Entry 20 by catsalive at Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 24, 2015
Thanks Tsjara. I see I'm at the end of the ray, where will this book head next?

Journal Entry 21 by catsalive at Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, April 30, 2015
An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world. I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. I found it quite hard work to get into, but I was determined as the book had travelled such a long way to be here. I can see that this lyrical style goes with the whole tea-ceremony theme, but it made me impatient as it drifted about, I just wanted the story. I found the language in the first few chapters quite stilted but then it improved & became easier to read. It is an interesting juxtaposition - the floating language & the stark reality of a world with severly limited water supplies.

Well, what did Noria think would happen if she started sharing water & making repeated trips to the spring? She may have been a tea-master but she wasn't very bright & didn't consider the consequences of her actions to any extent. Still, maybe her mother & Sanja will be able to accomplish something - can't let the Qianese military have it all their own way. The final sentence - This morning the world is dust and ashes, but not devoid of hope. - suggests that this may be the case, but if they just drift around like Noria, nothing much will be achieved.

I still don't know if I liked it or not. It certainly annoyed me & has lingered in my memory, so it has achieved that much.

Journal Entry 22 by catsalive at Australia, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Sent on to book-a-neer.

Journal Entry 23 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, May 17, 2015
Book has arrived. Thank you.

Journal Entry 24 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This book fascinated me from the start and I just had to finish it quickly. Took me a total of 6 hours reading (not continuous though - I had chores in between). The premise of a world without fresh water was daunting and scary and the author described the hardship so well. I hope this isn't the future of the world.

Journal Entry 25 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Off to New Zealand.

Journal Entry 26 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, July 13, 2015
A letter box surprise.

A quick read. Not my usual genre, but I enjoyed this. Was puzzled by the Japanese influence in the barren Scandinavian world of the future where there is no water, what has happened in the past we never know, and how far in the future is this.
A reminder to take care of nature.The wars of the future will surely be about the scarcity of resources as a result of climate change which our governments are so inactive about. I believe we will soon reach a tipping point of serious impact from rising sea temperature, significant weather events and millions of people displaced by rising seas.

Journal Entry 28 by Olivia_Lo at Taichung, Taichung County Taiwan on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The book has arrived. Will start reading it asap.

Journal Entry 29 by Olivia_Lo at Xinzhuang 新莊, Taipei County Taiwan on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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Enjoy the book and don't forget to journal it so that people have an idea of where it is going :)

Journal Entry 30 by wingDani75wing at Rudersberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, February 21, 2016
The book arrived here yesterday and I´m looking forward to reading it!

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