Karen Ripley:The Persistence of Memory

[Some minor spoilers]

This book I picked up totally on impulse at the library. I'm not sure why; perhaps it was because 1)I'm a big fan of Salvador Dali(there's even a melted clock on the front!), and 2)I'm a sucker for amnesia stories(for so was it described on the back). Well, I'm not terribly disappointed in it...

That sounds like faint praise. Okay, it's a good book. It has some flaws, surely, but it's surprisingly good.

Ripley has delineated an intriguing world, where most people have no memory of how they got there, and are not worried by the fact...others don't remember, or remember a little, and it bothers them; and some remember the other world they came from, which they call The Slow World. Cassidy(who names herself after a vague memory of Butch Cassidy, since she can't remember her own name)remembers more than most.

She starts out in the company of Horsemen, who share a psychic link with their horses, and who tend to feud with Villagers, who farm and raise horses--the Horsemen "steal" horses by imprinting them as foals, which the Villagers do not appreciate. Cassidy ends up with Villagers after being separated from her Horseman companions, and spends most of the book in their company, trying to figure out why she finds some things, or their absence, odd while nobody else does.

It's an interesting setup; one of the problems is that Cassidy is far too inclined to doubt her own sanity than believe that things are too much different in the world where she finds herself. And a bit too much time is spent with the Villagers, which gets a bit slow in the middle before things pick up near the end. I'm looking forward to the next book, The Warden of Horses.

%A Ripley, Karen
%T The Persistence of Memory
%I Ballantine del Rey
%C New York
%D November 1993
%G ISBN 0-345-38120-3
%P 247 pp.
%S The Slow World
%V Book 1
%O Paperback, US$4.99, Can$5.99

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