The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

The Memory Police

Yōko Ogawa with Stephen Snyder (Translator)

fiction dystopian literary science fiction dark reflective sad slow-paced

274 pages | first published 1994

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Hat, ribbon, bird, rose.To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed.When a you...
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Moods

reflective 66%
sad 64%
dark 63%
mysterious 56%
emotional 43%
tense 29%
challenging 24%
adventurous 3%
hopeful 2%
inspiring 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 54%
medium 39%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 47% | Character: 27% | Plot: 22% | N/A: 2%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 38% | No: 38% | Yes: 21% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 14% | N/A: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 48% | Yes: 28% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 49% | It's complicated: 27% | Yes: 18% | N/A: 4%

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