The Memory Artists (2006) Noel Burun is a hypermnesiac synesthete. In other words, he sees words as vibrant colors and has perfect memory, which allows him near-genius levels of… 2006-02-21 Fiction St. Martin's Griffin
Book Review

The Memory Artists (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 21, 2006; Writer: Jeffrey Moore; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Noel Burun is a hypermnesiac synesthete. In other words, he sees words as vibrant colors and has perfect memory, which allows him near-genius levels of artistic and scientific retention, but often causes him to lose his concentration. When his widowed mother begins to show signs of Alzheimer's disease, Noel and a group of friends try to come up with a cure. Chock-full of narrators, fonts, sketches, and footnotes, Jeffrey Moore's The Memory Artists has the look of a postmodern novel but none of that genre's emotional distance. In between all the gimmicks and science talk is a wonderfully complex and unpredictably moving novel that juggles five deeply written and unique characters who are hard to forget.

Originally posted Mar 03, 2006 Published in issue #867 Mar 10, 2006 Order article reprints