The Archivist

by Martha Cooley | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316158720 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingJDTwing of Pleasanton, California USA on 7/20/2003
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Sunday, July 20, 2003
It's been about 5 years since I read this multi-layered first novel by this gifted author - but I remember it as a powerful, thought-provoking read.
A compulsively orderly academic librarian, a creative, young poet, lost letters of TS Eliot, questions of marriage, faith, war, madness...

Loaning this autographed copy to seferim (wouldn't want that TBR stack to get low!). Hope you enjoy having it for awhile.

Journal Entry 2 by Seferim from Columbia, Maryland USA on Thursday, July 31, 2003
Thank you so much for sending this beautiful book my way. I am eager to dig in. I will report back with a review and I will take good care of the book and return it to you soon!

Journal Entry 3 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Nice surprise in my mailbox today!
Happy to share this book with you for awhile.
(nice round-trip from California to Maryland)
Hope all is going well!

Journal Entry 4 by wingJDTwing from Pleasanton, California USA on Monday, July 05, 2004
Traveling to bilbi in France!

Journal Entry 5 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Thank you JDT ! What's nice about bookcrossing is that I keep on receiving books but sometimes I can't remember books are trades, RABCKs, ... It's better that way because it's always a nice surprise :DD

Forgetful bilbi ;-)

Journal Entry 6 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Friday, September 29, 2006
It took me two years to take this book out of my Mt TBR and I'm afraid I didn't finish it :-
I read half the book, the part in which there is a lot of Eliot, archivist, and so on and when the book turns to a more religious and mental illness matters I can't read it through.

Well, I'm sorry to keep it for so long.

I must say that it isn't that the book is not interesting or that the writer can't write, it's just I'm not in the mood of reading such things at the moment.

Thanks for sharing. I let the book travel on... at last !

Journal Entry 7 by bilbi at Bookrelay in n/a, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (10/4/2006 UTC) at Bookrelay in n/a, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases



sent to Finland...

Journal Entry 8 by dotdot from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, October 06, 2006
I got four relay books today. This was sent to me by bilbi, the others by JDT. A lovely coincidence is that JDT has originally registered this one. Thank you both, bilbi and JDT. Being an archivist myself I've wanted to read this book for some time.

Journal Entry 9 by dotdot at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, May 29, 2011
The Archivist was a thought-provoking book, for me both generally and professionally. It's very intimate and Cooley's style is great. The Archivist's themes are huge: Holocaust, guilt, truth and betrayal and the relation of Christianity and Judaism. I think that on the last mentioned Cooley could have been more profound. There was plenty in this novel, perhaps something unnecessary, too. I think it was Roberta and her obsession with conversion. Roberta's character is necessary for narrative. She leads Matthias to examine his own past. Yet I feel that Roberta got too much attention. The detail that Judith's death occurred at almost the same time as T.S. Eliot's seems a bit unnecessary, too, or perhaps I just don't understand the meaning.

To me the best part of the book was the middle section, Judith's diary she kept in hospital. Well, she was a poet.

Then to T.S. Eliot's letters to Emily Hale and Matt's final solution. As an archivist I often ponder the limits of researchers' ('readers' in this novel) rights. At least Finnish archivists think that everything written must be available for research. Research is holy and so its needs override individuals' right to privacy and in many cases also writers' wishes of destructing their letters or manuscripts. I can't think Matthias did wrong.

Journal Entry 10 by dotdot at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, June 06, 2011
2011 "KEEP THEM MOVING" # 14

The Archivist continues its journey to MB2010.

Journal Entry 11 by wingMINKULAwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, June 06, 2011
Thank you, dotdot!

Journal Entry 12 by wingMINKULAwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, July 26, 2015
The book has been soon four years in my shelf, so finally I decided to read it. I got to the page 112, but I think I give up now. I'm not familiar with Eliot's poetry, so it is difficult to see what is its meaning in here. Since English is not my mother tongue, it is also difficult to understand the poems in this story.

I'm going to give this to another bookcrosser here in Helsinki.

Journal Entry 13 by wingMINKULAwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, August 10, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (8/11/2015 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland


To the next one... :)

Journal Entry 14 by Niksu at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, August 13, 2015
I got this today. I've chosen the book by its first page. Looks promising but will see. Thanks Minkula and kesis85 who brought it to me.

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