Memory Palace by Hari Kunzru

I have been interested in this every since Jen Campbell mentioned it on her channel and I managed to get my hands on a copy to experience it for myself.

This is a strange book. It is essentially an exhibition that was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and then ‘translated’ into book form. The story itself is essentially a dystopian set in London and then there are accompanying illustrations by about twenty illustrators and graphic designers that all took part in the project.

Overall, I loved the concept of this book. The story was a little confusing at first but I soon got into it. I think that it is a wonderful take on dystopian London and the loss of human knowledge; the author developed the world well considering how short this book is! The illustrations were extremely varied in style and though I preferred some to others, this is definitely a book that I would recommend reading. It is an experience not just a book and I think that it is successful what it sets out to do.

3 out of 5 stars!


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