Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
In the future world, water has become a precious resource that is carefully protected by tea masters. I was struck by the simple honestly and truth of that sentiment. Although our current situation is not as dire as depicted in the book, the world's water supply is certainly at risk from a variety of calamities. Tea is mostly water so this is an issue that we really should be concerned about. I found myself realizing that I take for granted the fact that I can fill up my kettle from the faucet without a second though.
Itäranta's language is flowery and descriptive, almost to a fault. There is a lot of focus on small scene setting details but the reader is often left in the dark when it comes to major occurrences. Although it is a novel in length, it reads a bit more like a short story. This would be my only criticism of this book. If you can get past that aspect, it is a very enjoyable read.
You can find out more about this book here.