One person who is losing their memory, another who cannot forget - a funny, touching novel reminiscent of ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR
'Most people want to learn how to remember more; for Noel Burun, the big task, the most burdensome, was to learn how to forget...' Noel Burun can memorise a deck of shuffled playing cards in under sixty seconds, a 100-digit number after hearing it only once, and recite the value of pi to a hundred places. He has hypermnesia and synaesthesia - his memory is unrelentingly exact and when people speak he sees their words as vibrant explosions of colour. His mother, on the other hand, is slowly sinking into the quicksand of Alzheimer's. A man who remembers too much, and a woman who remembers too little - both struggle to make sense of their worlds in a house bloated with memories.
Jeffrey Moore uses Noel's genius and synaesthesia to offer beautiful descriptions of other luridly coloured (and memory dysfunctional) characters, as well as his experience of his mother's disease to portray the agony of watching a loved one's inevitable decline. He also finds time to delve into the sometimes murky world of medical research and comment on the role of medicine as an interface between science and art...wonderfully intense. - THE LANCET (4.9.04) - Lindsay Banham
Althought Moore tantalisingly leaves many questions unanswered, all the hallmarks of his fiction are here. They include an ability to create engaging characters, and a fine balance of warmth, insight and eviscerating humour. - iNDEPENDENT (27.8.04) - Julie Wheelwright
the story is unforgettably human...[Moore] leaves the reader spellbound. - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (22.8.04) - Samantha Boyce
Jeffrey Moore's second novel is a model of inventiveness...Parts of the novel are very moving. The excerpts from Stella's and Noel's diaries, as Alzheimer's takes its hold, and the depictions of Stella's condidtion, show how the disease kills two people. - TLS (17.9.04) - Alan White
Jeffrey Moore presents us with a truly bizarre group of characters engaged in incredible pursuits. He mixes straight narrative, overseen by a rather sinister Svengali-like professor of neurology, with diary entries, newspaper rep