Other Peoples Countries: A Journey into Memory


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As the short, almost self-contained, narratives accumulate, they form a sustained and vivid meditation on the nature of memory and Proustian recovery of past time. He takes his place among those singers and painters of the haunted, the melancholy, the diminished, the caricatural, the humdrum: This is a very Proustian memoir, whose effect will be to drive the reader into contemplation of their own half-forgotten childhood home.

Read about the author A Journey into Memory Jonathan Cape Reviews 'McGuinness has written the great book on Belgium and modern memory, or even Belgium and modern being. Customers who bought this item also bought. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. As an expatriate Briton living in Belgium since I found these sketches of life in a small town in the Ardennes as seen through the eyes of a half-Belgian actually half-Walloon - important! The often poetically worded vignettes of the people and places are full of hidden meanings and significant insights.

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Even if you have never set foot in the Belgian Ardennes Europe's best-kept secret, according to a British friend of mine who recently chose to retire there after a lifetime in England you will find interesting history, memorable characters, picturesque descriptions and philosophical reflection in these pages. And if you don't know Bouillon and its surroundings, this book will make you want to go there and see for yourself. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a wonderful piece of literature. A beautifully written, poetic, poignant, funny, and often melancholic exploration of memory.

Thoughtful, intelligent, unexpected memoir. Warmly personal but also casts a cool eye on history, geography, politics of this region of the Ardennes. The author has a poet's eye and ear for metaphor and a touch of the philosopher in his musings on memory.


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There is also a playful sense of paradox and fun with the etymology of place names and nicknames. Any fans of his novel, The Last Hundred Days, or his two poetry collections will love this book. Perhaps a better idea to invest in paper rather than digital version in order to enjoy the artfully meditative photographs. This book is a magical gem, so beautifully written with lovely black and white photographs. Small but perfect, and I will treasure it. One person found this helpful. Brilliant book - my book of the year so far. Well written with language to savour.


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  7. If you like words and books about the spirit of place this is for you. Hundred Days by the same author - what an excellent book - well written with very interesting subject. I'm reading The Last Hundred Days by the same author - what an excellent book - well written with very interesting subject. I'm looking forward to starting Other People's Countries.

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    I've just read this through a second time and it is a book that grows with re-reading. Meditative, evocative, poignant and uplifting in equal measure. Quietly brilliant and highly recommended. It reminds me of WGSebald, particularly in the addition of grainy photographs, but it is lighter and more accessible. See all 13 reviews. Would you like to see more reviews about this item?


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