The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace

A Book of Lost Interiors

Book - 2014
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"The rooms we live in are always more than just four walls. As we decorate these spaces and fill them with objects and friends, they shape our lives and become the backdrop to our sense of self. One day, the houses will be gone, but even then, traces of the stories and the memories they contained will remain. In this dazzling work of imaginative re-construction, Edward Hollis takes us to the sites of five great spaces now lost to history and pieces together the fragments he finds there to re-create their vanished chambers. From Rome's palatine to the old Palace of Westmisnter and the Petit Trianon at Versailles, and from the sets of the MGM studios in Hollywood to the pavilions of the Crystal Palace and his own grandmother's sitting room, The Memory Palace is a glittering treasure trove of luminous forgotten places and the people who, for a short time, made them their home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014]
ISBN: 9781619022485
1619022486
Characteristics: ix, 351 pages ; 24 cm

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Feb 05, 2019

A terrific and delicately written book, unified by the idea of the ephemerality of family, yourself, and things. There are insights to be savored in each chapter. The characterization of Rudolph the 2nd (one of the greatest oddballs in history) was unforgettable. I was surprised and edified by the inclusion at the end of virtual spaces in massive multiplayer online games such as Quake, and to a lesser extent of the inclusion of reality TV just before that. In part a meditation on the mutability of man, the oddities of culture, and the durability and destructibility of the artifacts of civilization.

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