The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

The Memory Police

Yōko Ogawa with Stephen Snyder (Translator)

fiction dystopian literary dark reflective sad slow-paced

274 pages | first published 1994

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A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses--until ...
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Moods

reflective 65%
dark 64%
sad 64%
mysterious 57%
emotional 44%
tense 29%
challenging 24%
adventurous 3%
hopeful 2%
inspiring 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 53%
medium 39%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 47% | Character: 28% | 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: 20% | No: 14% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 49% | Yes: 28% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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

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3.78

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