The Memory of Elephants

The Memory of Elephants

Product ID: 4092

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Author: Boman Desai
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 407
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172234104


This novel remains as entertaining and absorbing as when it was first published a decade ago.

When Homi Seevai, the Parsi genius from Bombay, is dumped by Candace Kirchner, he invents a machine, the memoscan, which allows him to scan his brain for the memory of the time he spent with her. He plays the memory like a movie, knowing repeated use will cause his synapses to snap just as repeated use would cause film to snap, but he thinks of it not as dying as much as living forever with his love.

The machine malfunctions. Instead of playing the same memory ad infinitum as programmed, it slips into is collective unconscious, the memory of mankind. In this twilight zone of his brain, he meets his dead grandmother and father who acquaint him with the splendor his heritage and ancestry, spanning from the seventh century in Iran to the twentieth century in America.