The Forgetting Room: A Fiction
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 intention of selling the property. Once there, however, he finds a sealed cardboard case containing a small oil painting and a surreal booklet.
As 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 more questions, Armon finds himself painting furiously in his grandfather's old studio -- strangely compelled to create a picture that is somehow linked to his legacy.
Featuring paintings, drawings, collages, and paper foldouts, this is no ordinary novel. The Forgetting Room is a handmade treasure, a seamless blend of artistry and language, and a tantalizing read.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing
"The Forgetting Room" seems to be Nick Bantock's attempt to reveal a parable about regaining creativity and meaning in life. Armon Hurt has inherited his grandfather's home in the (fictional) town of ... Read full review
THE FORGETTING ROOMUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The high production values of Bantock's latest—with its thick paper, wide margins, and inviting typeface—can't compensate for a weak narrative and often generic-looking illustrations. Bantock ... Read full review