The Memory Chalet
- 15 days
- Tony Judt
- ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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reviewAbsolutely love this book. It’s been many years since I’ve read another book from Tony Judt and now I’m confused - why did I take such a long break.
The only thing I didn’t like is his idealization of train system in Europe. Idea of trains is amazing, I love it a lot. However in both 2021 and 2022 I tried to travel around Europe by trains and it is not that simple. Connections are easy only between some big hubs. Some countries not connected at all. In some countries trains are extremely expensive - they take more time and more money than flights. Try traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. Or from Kraków to Paris. Or from Spain to Eastern Europe. Or try getting to Slovenia from Poland. Milan to Paris sounds simple - not really, it will cost you fortune even with one stop in Switzerland.
Outside this topic of trains if was very interesting to read his ideas on communism, Eastern Europe, French philosophy, New York, identity politics, UK and US, comparison of various education system and different generations.
His thinking and writing is so short and sharp. I really like it and reading this book gave me a lot of energy. Ver similar to the period when I was reading Neil Postman books.
PS I was blown away that he learned Czech and have met Eastern European icons of the 80-90s like Václav Havel. I love that he talked about Czesław Miłosz and Milan Kundera.