The Amnesia Clinic

The Amnesia Clinic❰Epub❯ ❧ The Amnesia Clinic Author James Scudamore – Heartforum.co.uk Anti, a quiet English boy living in Quito, Ecuador, strikes up a friendship with flamboyant classmate Fabi n, who is everything Anti isn t handsome, athletic and popular What s , he lives with his rak Anti, a quiet English boy living in Quito, Ecuador, strikes up a friendship with flamboyant classmate Fabi n, who is everything Anti isn t handsome, athletic and popular What s , he lives with his rakish Uncle Suarez, while Anti is stuck in the The Amnesia Kindle - dull ex pat world inhabited by his parents Suarez, a storyteller par excellence, infects the boys with his passion for outlandish tales, and before long their relationship becomes one conducted entirely through the telling of tales One subject, however, is taboo Fabi n s parents But when details surrounding their disappearance begin to emerge, Anti decides to console his friend with a story suggesting that Fabi n s mother may be living at a bizarre hospital on the coast for patients with memory loss With confused emotions and reality losing its grip, the boys embark on a quixotic voyage across Ecuador in search of an Amnesia Clinic that may, or may not exist.

James Scuda is the author of the novels Wreaking, Heliopolis, and The Amnesia Clinic He has received the Somerset Maugham Award and been nominated for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Man Booker Prize.

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  • Paperback
  • The Amnesia Clinic
  • James Scudamore
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 0099494221

10 thoughts on “The Amnesia Clinic

  1. Margo says:

    An enjoyable listen despite very slow narration speed.This story is a fictional travelogue detailing two 15 year old boys journeying through Equador in search of The Amnesia Clinic a kind of refuge for those with no memory of their previous lives and no other place to go.This book contains much colourful description and, what certainly sounded to be, authentic local detail I stand ready for correction on that having never been to Equador Very original and surprising tale of dubious morality An enjoyable listen despite very slow narration speed.This story is a fictional travelogue detailing two 15 year old boys journeying through Equador in search of The Amnesia Clinic a kind of refuge for those with no memory of their previous lives and no other place to go.This book contains much colourful description and, what certainly sounded to be, authentic local detail I stand ready for correction on that having never been to Equador Very original and surprising tale of dubious morality Includes many a parents worst nightmares

  2. Bookwormthings says:

    Friendship, truth, reality, when is reality up for distortion, and how easy it is at 15 to think you know everything before you realise you are seriously out of your depth I really enjoyed this tale.

  3. DenXXX says:

    Around the World EcuadorRead it for a Challenge not overly impressed

  4. Leah says:

    The story is about two 15 year old boys who are friends Anti tells us the story in retrospect, a short amount of time after the events he describes have happened It is set pretty much in the present day He is English, living a polite existence in an ex pat bubble, quiet and a little unsure of himself He becomes friends with Fabian at school, an adventurous and charismatic boy who lives with his unconventional uncle after the death of his parents The two of them live on stories that they tel The story is about two 15 year old boys who are friends Anti tells us the story in retrospect, a short amount of time after the events he describes have happened It is set pretty much in the present day He is English, living a polite existence in an ex pat bubble, quiet and a little unsure of himself He becomes friends with Fabian at school, an adventurous and charismatic boy who lives with his unconventional uncle after the death of his parents The two of them live on stories that they tell each other, enjoying each others ability to lend their imaginations to the everyday, bending reality to suit their will Anti loves to visit Fabian at his uncles grand house, where Anti is allowed aliberal lifestyle than at his parents house The only thing that is out of bounds is talking about the death of Fabian s parents That is until one evening Fabian, aided by tequila, tells a fabricated version of their deaths in a road accident, where his mothers body was never found Fabian believes she is still alive but has lost her memory To help his friend, Anti constructs a newspaper article about an Amnesia clinic on the coast Anti thinks that the rules of this game are clear, an indulgent story that keeps the reality at bay That is until Fabian persuades Anti to skip school and go on an adventure with him to find the clinic that doesn t exist From then on it is unclear who is playing what game and with who.This book is a coming of age story that explores the use of construction to replace a painful reality, and how deeply those illusions can run and become confused It is easy to read, although some sections are a little long winded There are some interesting descriptions along the way I enjoyed the episode in the service lift The interior was padded with thick brown material, put there to absorb the blows of furniture or appliances as they were delivered to the show apartments above It had absorbedthan that, too the smells of stale sweat, of coffee and polution It was as if I had momentarily slipped into an alternative version of reality Even the ping of the doorswas louder, andragged, as if some crucial, restraining parts of its apparatus had been snapped off I reached up, pressed button number seven and wiped the oily deposit this left from my fingertip on to the brown cladding The machine jerked into action I found that the story held some surprising developments, especially towards the end, and it was difficult to predict exactly where it was going I found the boys friendship a little unconvincing at times Because it is based on lies and fabrications, and also on deep needs, it is never really warm, despite the way Anti describes it I also found Fabian s tantrums annoying I was left wondering why no one stood up to him Mostly though, I found it a pleasant read that kept me interested on the whole, especially near the end The place descriptions and South American setting intrigued me However, I suspect that it did not have enough to remain in my thoughts much after it has finished Time will tell

  5. Naomi says:

    A captivating read.slow at times but manages to get you hooked again.The descriptions were so vivid I could visualize the characters and their locations throughout the journey.The ending was heart tugging and Leaves you in a dilemma of what ifs just like the narrator.I loved the book.The only downside was that some of the language used might be offensive to some,especially the young adults who might relate with the main characters of the story.

  6. Kathleen Dixon says:

    I ve always liked a reason to read something that I wouldn t normally, and my amnesia research is giving me that opportunity I used to satisfy the urge by having Library Challenges with my daughter, where, for example, we d go through the alphabet by authors and weren t allowed to skip a letter out even if there was nothing that looked appealing And so on with some muchinventive challenges Now she has 3 small children and no time for that kind of game, which is a little sad.I ve just I ve always liked a reason to read something that I wouldn t normally, and my amnesia research is giving me that opportunity I used to satisfy the urge by having Library Challenges with my daughter, where, for example, we d go through the alphabet by authors and weren t allowed to skip a letter out even if there was nothing that looked appealing And so on with some muchinventive challenges Now she has 3 small children and no time for that kind of game, which is a little sad.I ve just had a brainwave the grandchildren aren t literate yet, but we can still start playing library games Yes Anyway, that s all completely irrelevant I got this book from the library from the title alone and enjoyed it It has nothing to offer for my research because the Amnesia Clinic was an imaginary construct between 2 15 year old lads, and everything that was posited about amnesia was within that same imaginary world.What this book is about is 2 lads in Quito, Ecuador who attend the International School together and have been close friends for the last 2 years Anti is an English boy whose father is a journalist and whose mother researches and writes about indigenous colonialist relations or something like that I didn t pay that too much attention Anti has asthma this is relevant , and he has always enjoyed playing imaginative games with his father I like how they sit together, hear a sound, and then make up wonderful possibilities about that sound.Fabi n is an orphan who lives with his wealthy uncle His father was a Mestizo part Indian, part European in this case, Spanish and his mother of pure Spanish descent Fabi n is charming, good looking, possibly the most popular boy at school, and a spinner of yarns extraordinaire But he is also troubled by memories of his parents and their deathor is his mother still alive

  7. Annet says:

    Wow, what a wonderful book and what a talented writer I loved it, the story is so intriguing and at times weird and tragic, fascinating, descriptions of the various characters in the story and Equador and the city of Quito surroundings are fabulous and beautiful It s a story about a British boy 15 Anti living in Equador with his expat parents, quiet father and sort of dominant mother living an expat life Anti befriends Fabian at school, an Equadorian boy who lives with his uncle Suarez gre Wow, what a wonderful book and what a talented writer I loved it, the story is so intriguing and at times weird and tragic, fascinating, descriptions of the various characters in the story and Equador and the city of Quito surroundings are fabulous and beautiful It s a story about a British boy 15 Anti living in Equador with his expat parents, quiet father and sort of dominant mother living an expat life Anti befriends Fabian at school, an Equadorian boy who lives with his uncle Suarez great, fascinating character This way, Anti gets a way to step outside the expat life and a way into the Equadorian life, amongst others by his visits and stays at Suarez s house Fabian s parents have died in a mysterious car accident in the mountains, although his mother never was found The boys set out on adventure travelling to a place at the coast of Equador, searching for an imaginary Amnesia clinic where Fabian hopes to find his mother It s a story about storytelling, thefantastic the better It also has a tragic edge to it, made me think of The Beach because of the weird beach scenes and the character development of Fabian and Sabbath Ceek Judson Mitcham because of the coming of age and growing up story part of it The end is unexpected the story of Anti , wow, what an imagination and what a great ending Sad, but also good Just as you thought you knew it all, the story takes an unexpected turn Really loved this book, it seems to be a debut of writer James Scuda I will be looking out for his next book 4.5 stars for an excellent book

  8. Kaite Stover says:

    Anti and Fabian are unlikely friends in Quito, Ecuador who share a love for outlandish storytelling and yearn to discover something remarkable While they talk about everything, one subject goes unmentioned the deaths of Fabian s parents One night, after too much tequila, Favian spins the tale of his parents demise Anti, sympathetic, yet disbelieving, crafts a false newspaper story to demonstrate his support for Fabian and the fictions that help him get through this tragedy However, Fabia Anti and Fabian are unlikely friends in Quito, Ecuador who share a love for outlandish storytelling and yearn to discover something remarkable While they talk about everything, one subject goes unmentioned the deaths of Fabian s parents One night, after too much tequila, Favian spins the tale of his parents demise Anti, sympathetic, yet disbelieving, crafts a false newspaper story to demonstrate his support for Fabian and the fictions that help him get through this tragedy However, Fabian reads the clipping and also notes the bogus story next to it, one for an Amnesia Clinic serving victims of accidents or kidnappings with no memories of who they are Fabian is certain his mother, whose body was never recovered, is staying in the Amnesia Clinic The boys set off on a journey that will revealabout their friendship and future than either can imagine Special appeal for teens The relationship between the two friends the natural dialogue and the wild tale telling the search for family will all draw in teen readers I enjoyed this book for its compelling story, natural and likeable characters, realistic portrayals of the adults in the teens s lives, and the sense of wonder and familiarity the boys experience with their shared world and with each other

  9. Natalie Awdry says:

    I have read James Scuda before and loved his writing I have found his pace and excitement very engaging but I feel like The Amnesia Clinic just missed the mark While the story itself was an interesting narrative, it felt obvious what was going to happen through the tale until the end and it wasn t as fast paced as I would have liked The ending did surprise me and I did enjoy it but I felt that, up until that point, everything else was expected and the book trundled along in the direct I have read James Scuda before and loved his writing I have found his pace and excitement very engaging but I feel like The Amnesia Clinic just missed the mark While the story itself was an interesting narrative, it felt obvious what was going to happen through the tale until the end and it wasn t as fast paced as I would have liked The ending did surprise me and I did enjoy it but I felt that, up until that point, everything else was expected and the book trundled along in the direction I felt it would That being said, I did enjoy it, it was an easy read and fairly enjoyable just not as engaging when compared with Scuda s other novels

  10. Sarah says:

    This adult novel definitely kept my interest and I was surprised at the ending Two fifteen year old boys are friends growing up in Ecuador That alone makes the novel different Anti is the white outsider while Fabian is the outrageous local boy who lives with his eccentric, rich uncle Storytelling is a central theme of this novel The uncle can really spin a tale and the two boys eat up every word Fabian can really tell a tale, too, and at the end of the novel, Anti is pretty good, too I re This adult novel definitely kept my interest and I was surprised at the ending Two fifteen year old boys are friends growing up in Ecuador That alone makes the novel different Anti is the white outsider while Fabian is the outrageous local boy who lives with his eccentric, rich uncle Storytelling is a central theme of this novel The uncle can really spin a tale and the two boys eat up every word Fabian can really tell a tale, too, and at the end of the novel, Anti is pretty good, too I read another review that compared this novel to Life of Pi, and I agree with the comparison Both have the who knows what happened plot line Unreliable narrators are stinky

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