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The Memoir Club


Kalpakian "is so entertaining a writer that it takes a while to realize how smart she is..."--"The New Yorker," and her "prose is brilliant and witty ... Show synopsis

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Straw Man

by piafinn on Oct 28, 2008

As a premise for a book, I liked it. A group of people take a class on writing memoir, and they become friends and learn alot about themselves in the process of writing their memoirs. The mystery of their teacher is never explained satisfactorily; who she really was, and why she pretended to be a professor. The author did well to speak with the inidividual narrative voice of each of the characters, so you could feel a distinct change in the style of writing. I also learned alot about writing memoir, almost as if I had taken the class, myself. The thing I disliked about it was the story itself. In each individual's memoir, the author paints Christians in an unfavourable light. Each person's story has a Christian as a villain. They are either hypocrites, or cruel and unfeeling people, or members of a violent cult. The author builds a straw man and then proceeds to knock it down. I was happy to see that particular straw man fall, myself, because I believe it was a misrepresentation of what true Christians believe and how they would act. It's unfortunate that the writer's bitterness shone through in each narrative. It could have been a much better story.


where our lives connect

by mishv on Jul 17, 2008

Insight into many different kinds of lives that merge to bring out the best and worst in each other, "The Memoir Club" follows a group of memoir writers who are searching for a bit of life's meaning in their new hobby. What they didn't count on was how this new group of people, gathering together to document their pasts, would entertwine to make a new dramatic present. The best kind of page turner with beautiful turns of phrase and a diverse cast.

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