Noria is studying to become a tea master and so is entrusted with a secret passed down through generations; a hidden spring concealed from everyone, including the authorities.
The scarcer the water, the heavier the burden of knowledge.
Memory of Water is a lyrical exploration of a dusty world where water is precious and secrets are dangerous.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
In this future world, you may recognize a cassette tape or a compact disc, but for the characters, they are incomprehensible technology from a past world.
Rating (4 stars)
Dystopias may be harsh places, but Memory of Water is filled with poetry and grace, just like the flow of water.
I had a little trouble getting started, but once I did, this was a quick read. I loved the thematic use of water, and how Noria struggled with the secret of the illicit spring.
However, the descriptions of the past-world technology seemed a little blatant, as if the author was afraid readers wouldn’t be able to figure out the object described was a VHS tape or CD. Despite it feeling contrived, it did make an important point on the fragile nature of technology.
Despite the circumstances, the book wasn’t a downer like some dystopian novels. Instead, I felt a little nugget of bittersweet hope at the end.
Read this book:
While enjoying a cup of tea.
Don't Read this book:
If you can’t stand extended symbolism in a book.
Once you're done, do this:
Consider the impermanence of technology.