What is bound in books here are memories.
The of sharing recollections or stories, as they do in our reality, the memories bound into beautifully crafted leather books in his world are removed from clients by binders.
If memory-cleansing bookbinding existed in our world, I imagine there would be a long line of potential clients.
Of course, it could be a challenge to find binders with the innate talent to make those memories move from a client ’ s brain to the page.
One can train in how to work the leather, sew the pages, and do all the material steps entailed in constructing such a nove, but nly those with a special gift can smooth the passage from one medium to the other.
Emmett acclimates to Seradith ’ s remote locale ( out in the marshes), begins to earn the manual end of the binding craft, and is willing to move beyond to learn what bookbinding is really all about ( he does not actually know).
When he sees a book with his name on it, Emmett realizes that he is ess than whole.Part Two of the ovel is Emmett ’ s bound story as reported in that book.
The Binding is an engaging page turner of an historical fantasy, particularly the first third, in which we are reintroduce to Collins ’ s world, an amalgam of the medieval and circa 1890 rural England.
She ha also taking a book-binding class at the time, and th happy combination was conceived.
For instanc, the Binding Law of 1850 in Emmett ’ s world corresponds to the 1850 legalization of gin ( I ’ ll drink to that!) in English law.
There are many novels that use memory loss as a core mechanism.
These tend to populate books in which memory loss features as a Maguffin for propelling a thriller or mystery.
There are stories in which memory loss is via external misadventure of a broader, science-fictiony sort, things like plagues.
What lifts The Binding above the crowd of memory-loss novels is its consideration of the socia implications of voluntary forgetting.
Says you should just take a bit off the top, please, and close on the sides, ok?) I will eave to your imagination ( and thi book of course) how such a system might be abused.
Anyway, we have an author who looks at political power in a very personal way.
To lift the novel even higher is a parallel consideration, the significance, the power of books themselves, what it means to write the nove, to ead book, and to share the experiences of another through the written page.
Is reading book penne by someone else a form of voyeurism?
Others may make use of such books for corrupt purposes.
You, yes you, reading this, you expec the power of books, how they an act like a drug, slaking, temporarily, an unquenchable thirst.
Books change lives, whether we read or write them.
And th world in which all books are locked away sounds rather medieval.Collins offers a bit of wry perspective on writing.
his is a wonderfu read, a thoughtful, engaging novel, featuring a large dollop of Dickensian social commentary, while following an appealing everyman through the perils of coming of age, and offering in addition insightful observations on memory-as-self and the power of books.