Sunday, 1 June 2008

Sunday Salon.



Today I'm reviewing
'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'. by Kim Edwards.

I'd read many reviews on this book before starting it. Consequently, I was very keen to read it. I don't want to include any spoilers here, so I'll be brief with the plot. A doctor delivers his wife of twins one night. One of the babies , a girl has Down's Syndrome but otherwise appears to be healthy. Due to his own past experiences of disability he hands this baby to the nurse to take into care and explains to his wife that the child had died. A horrendous act of betrayal is continued throughout all their lives.
Imho this book shows the value of human life, and dignity that disabled people should receive.
After saying that I was a little disappointed as I found that the story slowed down in the middle. I felt after the first hundred or so pages that I guessed what the ending would be and I was impatient to reach it. A good book, but I didn't find the 'Wow' factor that many reviews discovered.
This book completes my Spring Reading Challenge.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Hello fellow saloner! This is my first visit to your blog and I must say its very nice! I've had MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER on my TBR list for awhile, but I keep putting it off. I've read so many reviews about this book. I need to just read it so I can compare. I'll definetly stop by again. Take care `
www.southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com

Shauna said...

I'm also on my first visit to your blog via the Sunday Salon.

I too was disappointed with The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which I read early this year. I had zero sympathy for any of the characters, except maybe Phoebe. There were some good descriptions in the book, but I never felt that the characters reached their full potential, and that really turned me off from the book.

Shauna
http://shootingstarr7.livejournal.com

BooksPlease said...

I haven't read The Memory Keeper's Daughter, so I'm glad you didn't include any spoilers. Even so, somehow, I don't think I could read it - it sounds so cruel, both for the child and her mother.

gautami tripathy said...

I have not read the book. It is on my list! Thanks for not including any spoilers!

Here is my SS post!