The Map of Lost Memories

The Map of Lost Memories

by Kim Fay
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The Map of Lost Memories: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful story of self-introspection and discovering the spirit of adventure. Plus it is set in the 1920s, one of the most exciting eras in history.
LaurenSoda More than 1 year ago
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.
Nulife More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, but sadly I don't. The characters make no sense and the writing is flat.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is not my usual type of book. But it sounded so interesting, I had to read it. What a good decision. I was fascinated and engaged from the start. A young woman who is passed over for a position she had felt sure she was destined to get. No official degree and a woman. That was it. She could stay and help the young (with a degree) man who got the position. Not likely. She heads off to Cambodia to prove her worth and has amazing, but quite believable, adventures. The personal anguish, the difficult choices and people, the life threatening experiences--it is all very exciting. Will she complete her journey and find what she is looking for? Can she trust the various people with whom she is aligned? It's well worth reading to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
was a bit slow moving, didn't feel much for the characters
KRatcliffe1 More than 1 year ago
Set in exotic Shanghai, the book takes the reader from the uninhibited lifestyle of the wealthy but bored ex-patriots to the mysterious and unpredictable jungles of Cambodia.  The quest for the lost temple, while packed with action, is also an excellent examination of the evils of colonization.  This heinous practice left a lasting stamp on the native people of the conquered lands.  So offensive was the treatment of the native population by the vanquishers that hundreds of years later, that the effects remained, even hundreds of years later. Ms Fay's book is a page turner.  Character development is well done.  The reader is able to imagine him or herself in the roles ot the central characters.  An excellent read for lovers of history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ FTC rules: I recieved this book as a giveaway from GOODREADS and the publisher Random House. All opinions are 100% mine] This book is a great travel book. Kim Fay's descriptions are wonderful. Unfortunately, her characters are insipid. The book should have been called: "The Manipulator ", as the person that "hires" Irene either buys, steals or is related to most of the characters that populate his life and this book. I am a big mystery reader, but I found that I just didn't care if they ever found the artifacts, or made it back to wherever they came from. There us a lot of drinking and some violence in this book, and you are lead to believe that it's important to the story. It is not.
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