Sunday, 5 February 2012
When I Forgot
Title: When I Forgot
Author: Elina Hirvonen
Number of pages: 180
Started: 3 February 2012
Finished: 5 February 2012
Why I’m happy
I’m happy because I have a steam engine (that works).
I’m happy because I have Daddy Mommy Sister Grandma and got a Stiiga bike for Christmas.
I’m happy because I’m in the science club and when I grow up I’m going to be an inventor and win the Nobel Prize.
I’m happy because I get to live my whole life in free and independent Finland and because my Heavenly Father loves me and takes care of me.
Joona Louhiniitty 3A
Read a longer excerpt here.
While on her way to the hospital where her brother is institutionalized, Anna experiences a moment of recollection so arresting it shatters her world -- a recollection of searing pain and madness. Exploring psychological trauma, the boundaries of memory, and the political ramifications of September 11, 2001, "When I Forgot" offers gripping insights into the universal themes of suppressed pain and, above all, retaining a sense of hope in an increasingly grim world.
What I thought:
When I Forgot is a very slim novel. It is 180 pages long, but that is in part due to some generous line spacing. That said, it was a brief insight into the heartache of life. I thought I had some merits to it, but I did not find it the hypnotic read that reviewers seem to find. It was a decent enough read, but one that will not stay long in the memory.