The Memory Chalet (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Memory Chalet One of our leading historians, Judt has written extensively about the 20th century. Now he delivers a memoir like no other--each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Judt's prodigious mind.
- Published: 11 November 2010
- Format: Hardback 226 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781594202896 ISBN 10: 1594202893
- Sales rank: 117,365
Full description for The Memory Chalet
"" It might be thought the height of poor taste to ascribe good fortune to a healthy man with a young family struck down at the age of sixty by an incurable degenerative disorder from which he must shortly die. But there is more than one sort of luck. To fall prey to a motor neuron disease is surely to have offended the Gods at some point, and there is nothing more to be said. But if you must suffer thus, better to have a well-stocked head." -Tony Judt " "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.