Consider those six glasses at the top of the UR page.
One part The Odyssey
One part Memento
One part Twilight Zone (A Stop at Willoughby preferred)
One part Waiting for Godot
One part Groundhog Day (extra dry)
One part Dark Victory
Add to shaker. No ice.
Memory, by Donald Westlake.
Written in the sixties and published just recently, posthumously. It is a different kind of Westlake. It’s got a little of the potboiler in it, as the cover image suggests. But it is a potboiler that slips in and out of profundity with ease. And it is pretty damn disquieting, too. What does it mean to go home? What is your identity, anyway?
No plot revealers here. I will say the book puts me in the mind of the tragic aspects of Spielberg (& Kubrick’s) A.I.
(W)e start by feeling the tragedy of David–that he feels from the inside out that his love is authentically his when it is “merely” a function of his program. But we then move on to the tragedy of us–that we are not much different.
And also a little of Andre Gregory’s last words in My Dinner With Andre:
(P)eople hold on to these images: father, mother, husband, wife, again for the same reason: ’cause they seem to provide some firm ground. But there’s no wife there. What does that mean, a wife? A husband? A son? A baby holds your hands and then suddenly there’s this huge man lifting you off the ground, and then he’s gone. Where’s that son?