(PDF FREE) [The Memory Box] î Margaret Forster
N t be the lastSusannah died when her daughter Catherine was just six months ld but Catherine grows up happily with her father s second wife becoming her Mummy and never wants to find ut about Susannah However when Susannah knew she was dying she assembled a memory box for her baby daughter Finally pening the box as an adult having ignored it for years Catherine tries to piece together this jigsaw Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of a legacyI really liked the premise I thought it might be a bitf a manufactured sort Boarding House of Hunks of a story but it camever naturally enough The bjects in the box aren t bvious and I thought that Catherine could probably have taken a different path through them and found Bec (The Demonata, out different things about Susannah Which isn t the point really the point is that it was a good story and the characters were consistentThe narrative reminded mef Barbara Vine a little possibly because there is a uiet sense The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of impending doom in the what will she findut about her mother uestion but there isn t a hugely terrible hidden secret in here like there would be with Vine It s a case f the surprising things that are hidden in rdinary lives Enjoyable read good writing an interesting plot and great characters I don t ask for much than that from a book really Absolutely loved this book so well written Catherine never knew her mother Susannah who had died when Cathrine was just six months ld But she had grown up hearing f how perfect Susannah was beautiful selfless and happy all the things that Catherine was not When Catherine pens her mother s memory box she finds it is full f strange unexplained Our Planet: Our Home objects all carefully wrapped and numbered As she begins to solve the mysteries she discovers the mother she never knew realising that there was much to her than the family legendf a good and selfless person In doing so she in turn discovers truths about herself Written with Forster s usual deft touch this is a wonderful book about memory and grief Forster is always excellent when writing about the complex relationships within families and especially so those Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of her female characters I discovered author Margaret Forster when I swapped for this book atur Lumburn Court campsite near Tavistock The Memory Box was in a book box in the shower roomI was interested to see how Forster would develop her premise f a woman discovering her lost mother some thirty years later through the contents f a gaudy hat box Catherine s mother Susannah died when she was just six months Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings old Her father remarried and Catherine had always rejected the ideaf her birth moth. Young woman herself Catherine finds her mother's box full f unexplained even weird bjects Find.
I was hoping that Catherine would discover something huge about Susanna In this case I was totally disappointed I do not fancy people who seem to enjoy wallowing in their unhappy states and clearly Catherine is ne f such she cuts ff people who try to reach ut to her admits she has no friends to speak f ignoring them till they take the hint and leave her alone Edging ut Tony who clearly loves her then digging deep into her to find fault with Charlotte who she describes as having loved her unconditionally so much that she did not feel that she missed Susanna Not everything in life is to be analyzed and understood Some things just are and should be taken as such Life is to be enjoyed something Catherine needs to learn Really great story about what happens when a daughter A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) opens a memory box from her dead mother This is not the story line from my perspective it s about finding herself in some surprising placesBrilliantly written and a great read What an interesting writing style Margaret Forster has She takes an awfully long time to get to any point but it s really engaging along the way I liked the way this book gradually revealed information about both the main character her dead mother and somef the ther characters in the book The book like Margaret Forster s writing is a slow burn The characters were well described and empathetic I loved the way Rory was a very selfish yet sensitive character He was completely believable and I m sure everyone knows someone like himCatherine though was slightly harder to get your head around but that is I think the point f the book the learning about peopleThis is not a hard read but it is slow and not gratifying for someone who likes action I did enjoy it and the concept f a box f memories from beyond the grave was well thought In the End out however I think it promised a little in the wayf reveals than it delivered Clearly this is Margaret Forster s style and she has written it well but I think the same premise could have been an actionmystery novel with another writer and unfortunately the premise is so compelling that it disappoints in the execution Catherine s birth mother Susannah died when she was just a young baby leaving her with no memories f her at all Her father remarries shortly afterwards and Catherine is nly too happy to accept this new woman into her life as the nly mother she will ever need Throughout her childhood she manages to block ut all references to Susannah and refuses to This is the first f Margaret Forster s books that I ve tried reading and it wo. A young woman leaves a sealed memory box for her baby daughter before she dies Years later as
Er instead insisting that her stepmother Charlotte fulfilled that maternal role perfectly Knowing she was dying Susannah carefully chose wrapped and boxed eleven items instructing that the box be given to Catherine However through various circumstances Catherine didn t get the said box until after her father stepmother and grandmother had died too With a prickly aunt being the nly person left who actually knew Susannah Catherine is left unravelling the myth f her perfectly happy mother s perfect life single handedlyThe Memory Box is an incredibly introspective and introverted novel which is uite unusual and I thoroughly enjoyed the book Catherine examines her wn life seeing her choices differently in the light f what she learns about her biological mother Forster uses her characters to develop a fascinating discussion f motherhood in its many forms and influences Did Charlotte s constant presence mould the young Catherine to a greater extent than Susannah s genes Is Catherine s rejection The Age of Treachery of close friendships andf motherhood for herself a result f her early abandonmentFor me this novel was a page turner all the way through and I never lost interest in Catherine s uest Some f her intuitive jumps were too convenient to be believable which why I have The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy only awarded four stars howeververall I very much enjoyed The Memory Box and look forward to discovering Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of Forster s workSeef my book reviews Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) on my blog Stephanie Jane Irritating readEventually I became irritated by her conjectures about people s motives I thought her emotional responses unconvincing I was intrigued at the start by her story but lost interest by the last 25%f the book I d never heard f Margaret Foster before I came across this book at a charity sale but I ll definitely look up some f her fiction in the future She reminds me a lot When a Man Loves a Woman of Margaret Atwood specifically Cat s Eye both in style and content I ve seen reviews where readers disliked the lackf a huge ending but I think that s what makes the plot so interesting Through the exploration f the memory box the narrator goes n a journey Keep From Falling of discovery notnly Catalogue the Insanity of her birth mother but alsof herself and gradually she begins to understand her personality and her behaviours In addition she grieves the death Blessed Homecoming of the mother who she knew and the mother who she didn t and comesut Shrek of thether side f the process accepting f her childhood and life experiences If you appreciate the gentle self discovery Look Alikes Jr. of characters rather than always needing a bug reveal then I think this is definitelyne to tr. Ing ut what the bjects represent is her Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin only chance to findut about the mother she never kne.
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Margaret Forster was educated at the Carlisle and County High School for Girls From here she won an Open Scholarship to Somerville College Oxford where in 1960 she was awarded an honours degree in History From 1963 Margaret Forster worked as a novelist biographer and freelance literary critic contributing regularly to book programmes on television to Radio 4 and various newpapers and magazin