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The Map of Lost Memories

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Amazing details and exciting adventure MUST READ

I was actually sharing this story with my girls as I read and could see the journey in my head. This is amazing and I can't say it any better than the Washington Post did so here it is. The Washington Post …[The Map of Lost Memories] has qualities any reader would wish ...
I was actually sharing this story with my girls as I read and could see the journey in my head. This is amazing and I can't say it any better than the Washington Post did so here it is. The Washington Post …[The Map of Lost Memories] has qualities any reader would wish for: adventure, romance, history and a vividly described exotic setting…there is something captivating about this novel. Call it authorial confidence, a sense of place, a splendid Technicolor…It brings Cambodia alive. —Marie Arana

posted by Nulife on May 31, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

location location location

If you are someone who goes on vacation and spends all of your time behind the camera viewfinder, this is not the book for you. Reading this is a contemplative journey where you will experience sights and sounds and tastes. If you are in a hurry to see everything you wi...
If you are someone who goes on vacation and spends all of your time behind the camera viewfinder, this is not the book for you. Reading this is a contemplative journey where you will experience sights and sounds and tastes. If you are in a hurry to see everything you will miss the best of this novel. Fay has written a novel where the adventure and mayhem serves as the background for the true main character--location, location, location.
It is evident that author Kim Fay knows Cambodia and Southeast Asia very well. Her descriptions of the culture and landscape are captivating and I found myself re-reading many passages, adjusting the greens here, the smell of the streets there. Her main character, Irene Blum, has been passed over for a deserved promotion and heads off to Cambodia to find some historical scrolls. Her motivation is really to show everyone that she has the chops as a woman in 1925, to do so. And she does have the chops. But this is where the novel became a bit disjointed for me. Lush travelogue or adventure escapade? Fay attempts both and she succeeds with lush travelogue. The adventure scenes are well written, and there is a back story that begs to be told as a prequel as well as a an opening for a sequel. By the last part of the novel, the adventure flows and meshes with the surroundings. Fay throws in a bit of moral debate regarding the rightful owners of such undiscovered antiquities that is well placed and thought provoking. I look forward to Fay's continued development of what I hope is a series of Ms. Blum's adventures.

posted by hfineisen on August 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    location location location

    If you are someone who goes on vacation and spends all of your time behind the camera viewfinder, this is not the book for you. Reading this is a contemplative journey where you will experience sights and sounds and tastes. If you are in a hurry to see everything you will miss the best of this novel. Fay has written a novel where the adventure and mayhem serves as the background for the true main character--location, location, location.
    It is evident that author Kim Fay knows Cambodia and Southeast Asia very well. Her descriptions of the culture and landscape are captivating and I found myself re-reading many passages, adjusting the greens here, the smell of the streets there. Her main character, Irene Blum, has been passed over for a deserved promotion and heads off to Cambodia to find some historical scrolls. Her motivation is really to show everyone that she has the chops as a woman in 1925, to do so. And she does have the chops. But this is where the novel became a bit disjointed for me. Lush travelogue or adventure escapade? Fay attempts both and she succeeds with lush travelogue. The adventure scenes are well written, and there is a back story that begs to be told as a prequel as well as a an opening for a sequel. By the last part of the novel, the adventure flows and meshes with the surroundings. Fay throws in a bit of moral debate regarding the rightful owners of such undiscovered antiquities that is well placed and thought provoking. I look forward to Fay's continued development of what I hope is a series of Ms. Blum's adventures.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    I thought this book really had potential (in my last review, I g

    I thought this book really had potential (in my last review, I gave it four stars), but I became less engrossed in the story towards the end. What started out as a very promising journey involving four unlikely people turned into a blase version of Indiana Jones. I understand there will be a sequel, but I probably won't be reading it.

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