The Memory Chalet

The Memory Chalet

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"'The Memory Chalet' is a memoir unlike any you have ever read before. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. His youthful love of a particular London bus route evolves into a reflection on public civility and interwar urban planning. Memories of the 1968 student riots of Paris meander through the divergent sex politics of Europe, before concluding that his generation 'was a revolutionary generation, but missed the revolution.' A series of road trips across America lead not just to an appreciation of American history, but to an eventual acquisition of citizenship. Foods and trains and long-lost smells all compete for Judt's attention; but for us, he has forged his reflections into an elegant arc of analysis. All as simply and beautifully arranged as a Swiss chalet-a reassuring refuge deep in the mountains of memory."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594202896
Characteristics: xiv, 226 p. ;,22 cm.


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ser_library Oct 13, 2012

i improved my vocabulary too

debwalker Mar 21, 2011

Memoir dictated by brilliant historian while dying of Lou Gehrig's disease and gradually becoming paralyzed.

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