A History of Silence

A History of Silence

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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Stone by stone the basilica was being dismantled in order to be put back together again. Each stone was painted with a number and laid with care onto pallets spread over the ground...I kept thinking about those numbered stones. Some purpose began to take shape. I began to wonder if I might re-trace and recover something of my own past, to reassemble it in the manner of the basilica. It was a matter of looking to see if any of the original building blocks remained, and where I might find them. A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch, after the 2011 earthquake. It's about how easily we erase stories we find inconvenient. It's about the fault lines which that cataclysmic event opened up in Lloyd Jones' understanding of his own family history. In A History of Silence Jones embarks on a quest for the truth about his family. What happened? Why do there seem to be so few stories? Why are there so few mementos? The answers he finds are completely unexpected and change everything.
Publisher: Melbourne : The Text Publishing Company, 2013.
Copyright Date: ?2013
ISBN: 9781922147332
1922147338
Branch Call Number: 920.72099 JON
Characteristics: 273 pages

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bookwormjeph
Mar 16, 2014

A memoir that is so much more than " I did this and then that happened..." type of memoir. This is a memoir of an eclectic collection of individuals constituting a family - with all their secrets, foibles and eccentricities. The writing is more poetry than prose and weaves a story that reaches back into the 19th century and links in with the February earthquake in a beguiling way that draws one into the history of this family - written by one of New Zealand's best known authors.

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jazpur
Nov 19, 2013

Lloyd Jones is an extraordinary storyteller.This poignant account of his search for the untold stories in his own family based around Lower Hutt and Wellington, stretched down to Canterbury through the grandmother he never knew and took him all the way to Wales.All is interwoven with his reactions to the losses experienced in the Christchurch earthquakes. This is one of the best books I have read this year

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