The Forgetting Room

The Forgetting Room❰Epub❯ ❧ The Forgetting Room Author Nick Bantock – to my grandson Armon Hurt I leave my house in Ronda Spain and the uncertainty of its contents May he discover his belonging From the last will and testament of Rafael HurtagoSo begins Nick Bantock's l to my grandson Armon Hurt I leave my house in Ronda Spain and the uncertainty of its contents May he discover his belonging From the last will and testament of Rafael HurtagoSo begins Nick Bantock's latest novel in which readers are invited to delve into the journal of Armon Hurt a sad discontented man who discovers his inner fire When his artist grandfather dies leaving him the family home in Spain Armon travels to Andalusia with The Forgetting PDF or the intention of selling the property Once there however he finds a sealed cardboard case containing a small oil painting and a surreal bookletAs he examines these mysterious artifacts Armon realizes that he is holding both his grandfather's last communication to him and a puzzle He begins to decipher the conundrum and as each new answer leads to uestions Armon finds himself painting furiously in his grandfather's old studio strangely compelled to create a picture that is somehow linked to his legacyFeaturing paintings drawings collages and paper foldouts this in no ordinary novel Captivatingly imagined and genuinely memorable in its deeply personal account of a man in search of himself The Forgetting Room is a handmade treasure a seamless blend of artistry and language and a tantalizing read. The Forgetting Room is a bewitching blend of art and text Armon inherits his grandfather's house in Spain; before putting the house on the market he ventures to Spain to explore the contents of the house There he discovers his grandfather has left behind a mysterious trail of clues for Armon to follow While Armon puzzles the trail of clues he constructs a collage The reader is made privy to the collage as it evolves from a simple sketch to a multi layered work of art with brooding colors A few other collages appear in the book crafted with precision and delightful for their strategic simplicityArmon's work on his collage gives rise to memories of his grandfather Almost every day I'd sit in Grandfather's studio watching him paint and listening to him talk about whatever came into his mind Mostly his words were too grown up for me and sailed blithely over my head but his deep gentle voice was as reassuring as the warm cocoa Grandmother plied us with on winter afternoons Such memories along with exploring the house lead Armon through the trail of clues What he discovers at the end is marvelous than he could have imagined Though it's a work of fiction The Forgetting Room reads like an instruction booklet on the author's signature techniue for creating collage It's one part story one part art and one part mystery with a dash of the extraordinary In my 20th year I picked up a copy of Griffin Sabine An Extraordinary Correspondence while loitering at the Wordsworth Book Store in Harvard Suare I was stone broke — living on crackers jello and sno cones and this was a great way to spend a weekend I was also in the Oxytocin throes of new love so I fell I fell really really hard It had that voyeuristic concept like when you are reading letters that high school boyfriends wrote your mom that gave me chills and the delusional inkling that made Griffin an awesome archetype of dysfunction 20 years and too many cynical experiences later I found The Forgetting Room Was I looking for that rush again? Wordsworth is gone Maurice is gone Hell welcome to crows feet gray hair and stretch marks I needed a win Ok I knew I knew it wasn’t going to be Griffin and Sabine revisited There are already like six seuels to that story I saw The Forgetting Room which is such a great concept in its own A room for forgetting? A forgotten room? The possibilities Then there was Spain land of Don uixote Pedro Almodóvar Plácido Domingo etc and lastly but not really the art of Nick Bantock The wedding invitation the concertina pages the collages I needed the visual reminder of what I loved so much about the Griffin and Sabine books Plus the story sounded intriguing Armon has one week to clean out his late grandfather Rafael’s house in Rondo Spain to prepare it for sale His marriage has failed He has no passion for his bookbinding business He is broken by what ifs and roads not taken Here he is presented with a past that never had a chance to really play out There was a time when he idolized his grandfather taking weekly art lessons and meditating on Rafael’s socialist ruminations There was a code to live by with Rafael that Armon’s own father couldn’t provide for him a sense of connection that Armon lost in adulthood Now his grandfather gives him a puzzle that will unravel that code for an adult Armon Sounds neat right? I so wish it was I was hoping that the game would enlighten that I might solve it before Armon but not really In the end I felt duped There was no angelic chorus or warm fuzzies or even light chuckle to be had The artwork is darn pretty though image error The images and imagery provided by the words are beautiful I put this book on my list of favorites because of what it did for my art It opened me up in my art then I can ever explainBut I don't think what I got from itis what most people reading the book would get out of it The story is a good story and if you liked the Griffin and Sabine Series then you'll most likely enjoy The Forgetting Room too Currently reading again 12209 2001 3 starsI like this much better than I did the Griffin and Sabine series2019 4 starsIt's unusual for me to change my rating of a book even after so many years One obvious explanation may be that I took my time to think about the story as it unfolded and to study the inserts for which Bantock is known Or maybe it was just my moodThis time I was aware of the many strands to the storyline ranging from the concrete to abstractions to fantasy• Ronda Spain and its famous bridge• family dynamics• love and regret• inheritance of creative tendencies• coming of age finding one's self• artistic expression poetry collage• 'duende'• surrealism which I generally avoid• a touch of fantasy that may be the wrong wordThis takes the form of a diary where Armon records his thoughts and actions over the span of his 8 day stay at his grandparents' homeOne of these days I may decide to re read the Griffin and Sabine series although I no longer own my copies of the books So yesterday I received an anonymous gift in the post Always intrigued by packages arriving in my name—and especially when it is not an ordering week in which I am waiting all too impatiently for UPS FedEx USPS and horseback rider to fill my front porch with beautiful brown packages—I tore into the wrapping while driving down the road Instantly I knew who it was from even though there was no insert label or other clue And she has been properly thanked for such an amazing gift Books are always a road into any real man's heart—even if only for the momentary glimpse of a sparkle of gratefulness It is of course one of the reasons why I gift books to my own partner and other friends on a regular basis that is to share the love I have for them in the only way that makes sense to meBut I digressWhat lay on the seat next to me surrounded by shreds of brown paper was Nick Bantock's The Forgetting Room Having had a discussion with this same young lady over Bantock's acclaimed Griffin Sabine Trilogy I was fascinated by the story hinted at by this particular book I was told I would love it She was right I love it This is a story that strikes the core of personal lessons I've been trying to learn—and to teach—for decades The source of creativity identity and family all revolve around what ultimately becomes a ghost story of such delicate and exuisite proportions you could miss it if you breathed in the wrong direction I admit I read it in one sitting this afternoon I couldn't put it down The words and images combined here create such a mesmerizing entanglement of the mind The Forgetting Room is not a difficult read It's uite easy in fact But it is deep in ways that are subtle that sneak up on you and make you realize you've just experienced an epiphany without so much as a single whimpering note from an angel's horn It was silent It was cleansing It was sublime Audiobook AbridgedI don't know if the reason I didn't care for this audiobook is because it was abridged or that I have absolutely no artistic bent maybe it's both I thought the hero sounded like a spoiled brat When his grandmother and grandfather had decided after their house burnt down to move into the great grandfather's house he pretty much cut them off Even when his grandmother died he didn't bother to go to the funeral because his dad wasn't going After his grandfather dies and leaves him his house in Spain he has a somewhat reconciliation with his past and with the art lessons his grandfather gave him but when this book ended I thought That's it? I don't mind books where everything is not tied in a bow at the end but this just felt way too abrupt I can blame it on the abridged audiobook but I'm not sure that I would have changed my mind reading the complete book I've read some of the reviews where they loved this book and almost all of those reviewers found the scenes where the hero was painting to be wonderful That must be it Anyway not keeping this audiobook Perplexing Beautifully written Some gorgeous phrasing which I copied in my journal in order to think deeply about it later Some might think Bantock is a one trick pony but I personally enjoy the addition of his own art and pull out material in his books thus far In The Forgetting Room Armon's grandfather has died leaving him a house in Spain His grandfather an artist and all around playful man leaves clues to some greater understanding of the man himself cast about in the house Throughout the course of the book Armon begins slowly coaxing out an artistic side of himself that he never really pursued during his early years I found this part of the book engaging as I can imagine what the death of this kind of artistic family member might elicit from their heirs But when the ending came in the last three pages the whole point of the book felt trite Bantock had me completely up until then which is why I give this a 4 and not a 5 star rating with his prose and story telling Regardless Bantock remains an author I enjoy and whose other books I will most likely enjoy as well His endings seem to be severely lacking for my taste at this point however which is disappointing considering how strong the rest of the books lay out I am conflicted about this book I did love the premise itself The main character has received an inheritance from his grandfather a home in Spain His grandfather seems to have been a stronger influence on him than his own father and spent a lot of time with him as a youth teaching him to paint The book covers 9 days in Spain where he plans to see the house and get it on the market to sell His time there is spent attempting to unlock clues his grandfather left him My problem with the book is that I felt he could have spent a LOT time developing the characters and the plot line It felt very clipped like a cliff notes version I wanted it fully developed both the present time and his memories of his grandfather This book brought me back to myself What an intriguing legacy to leave I won't spoil it but as an artist myself I'd love to do the same Especially delightful since the studio descriptions his process while collaging and the sense of being apart of it make it an almost tactile read It felt like taking a deep relaxing breath when I didn't realize I'd been holding it No surprise that I'm now in an uber productive phase in my studio

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  • 106 pages
  • The Forgetting Room
  • Nick Bantock
  • English
  • 02 April 2016
  • 9780060931261