Memento Park

Memento Park

A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him After receiving an unexpected call from the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Second World War. To recover the painting, he must repair his strained re A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly re...

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Title:Memento Park
Author:Mark Sarvas
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0374206376
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Memento Park Reviews

  • Nancy
    Mar 05, 2018
    Each book we read takes us on a different journey--and, this will be a trip I remember for a long, long time. Mark Sarvas' novel was both troubling and compelling and I found myself reading it very quickly because I needed (not wanted, but truly needed) to know its outcome. BUT, when I...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 02, 2018
    ?It?s possible to spend an entire life looking at something, and, even then, fail to behold it in any meaningful way. ? This is more like three and a half stars(the second half is not quite as strong as the first half), but I haven?t enjoyed the writing in a book this much ...
  • Elyse
    Apr 05, 2018
    Audiobook- narrated by David Ledoux was a ?perfect/terrific? choice for this novel . David Ledoux .....( must give this narrator credit), became more than a voice for Matt Santos, a secular Jewish protagonist. He makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior o...
  • Mainlinebooker
    Apr 19, 2018
    Contemplative.Insightful.Humorous.Bittersweet...These are all the adjectives that come to mind upon finishing this complex novel. While on the surface it appears to be about a second generation Jewish Hungarian American who despite knowing little about Judaism finds himself a recipient...
  • Peter
    Apr 03, 2018
    A haunting elegy about fathers and sons, faith, and a painting with a past. Beautifully written and quir moving. ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Apr 11, 2018
    4.5? ? . . . and I can only think about all I have squandered, the astonishing lack of care with which I have blundered through life. So much beyond recovery, things that can never be restored, truths devoured by time, by neglect.? Matt Santos is sitting in an auction house, ...
  • Candace
    Jan 21, 2018
    This is a wonderfully written novel that offers a new take on the issue of art looted from Jewish families during WWII. Matt is set on the path of proving provenance of a painting found in Australia that is believed to have belonged to his family before the war. Matt's a working actor,...
  • Laura
    Apr 10, 2018
    This was just phenomenal writing. I honestly would have a hard time choosing to read this book if I were to give a summary or description, so I don't feel equipped to give a review. However, I highly recommend it and will be checking out Sarvas' other writing. ...
  • Merle
    Jun 25, 2018
    On the surface this novel, Memento Park, written by Mark Sarvas, seems to be about the process of recovering Budapest Street Scene, the painting that was lost by the Santos family when his grandfather escaped to America and his grandmother was killed in a concentration camp. But undern...
  • Judy
    Aug 28, 2018
    I read this novel because Mark Sarvas used to have a wonderful literary blog called The Elegant Variation. It was one of the first blogs I followed back when book blogging was a new fresh thing and a big deal. He inspired me to start my own blog. Memento Park is the story of a 21...
  • Ellen
    Apr 19, 2018
    Mark Savras has written an unforgettable novel in "Memento Park", which is centered around Matt's relationship with his father, which is complex and vacillates between love and intense dislike. Other plot lines include the restoration to Matt's family of a painting by a Hungarian-Jewis...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 24, 2018
    A painting by Ervin Kalman, titled a Budapest Street scene looted by the Nazis, is the background of this novel. Matt, a young Jewish man who is out of touch with his faith, is contacted by a lawyer, telling him this painiting, traced back to his family, has been found. What he cannot ...
  • Angela M
    Apr 02, 2018
    There have been a number of books published these last few years about a lost and found painting which becomes the link between a past and present narrative. At first I wasn?t sure if I was up for another one like this, but the book description promised more. I?m glad I took a ch...
  • Marcy
    Apr 05, 2018
    4.5 - I was absorbed by this book from the first page. The story revolves around the recovery of a painting stolen by the Nazis from a Hungarian family. Although the concept is not original, the storytelling in this book is. Told in the first person, full of self reflection, it very m...
  • Caeli Wolfson
    Dec 19, 2017
    This book shines on every level: sentence after sentence is beautiful and precise, the characters are complicated and sympathetic, the ideas are sweeping and profound but never bear down too overtly on the reader. It's a rare novel that is as accomplished in its "meaning" as it is in i...
  • Kate
    Mar 23, 2018
    This book was a surprise on so many levels. It takes not only the characters on a journey-but you yourself. There is the main plot-an issue about art restitution. And there are subplots-the main character and the relationship with his father. And then his relationship with everyone els...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Jun 23, 2018
    This is a beautifully written story of a son trying to connect with a distant father wrapped around a mystery involving a painting that was discovered that had been stolen from a Hungarian Jewish family by the Nazis in WWII. Matt is a semi-successful young actor in Hollywood, the son o...
  • Judy Churchill
    Mar 15, 2018
    Let me first say this is not a book I would have chosen to read but I ended up LOVING it. It is about a man?s earnest look at his Jewish roots, his relationship with his father, and his own claim to adulthood and meaning. The novel?s first person style is enchanting. It is altogeth...
  • Kati Berman
    Jan 28, 2018
    There were many reasons I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was born and raised in Hungary, I am Jewish and my family lost many members during the Holocaust. I grew up in communist Hungary and left for America way before the fall of communism. I hav...
  • Dara Markowitz
    May 12, 2018
    first person , virtually a monologue. More about making peace with your past and your relationships. "Just because you know what someone will do, doesn't mean to know who they are" Hashkiveinu Could be a Jewish book club read ...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Mar 01, 2018
    While this did not resonate with me the way I suspect it will with others, it's a well written novel of a man coming to terms with his own family history and with his father. Matt's world changes when he is contacted about a painting taken from his family during the Holocaust and trave...
  • Jennifer Carson
    Oct 21, 2017
    I got an advanced copy of Memento Park and LOVED IT. The writing is exquisite -- elegant, restrained, and powerful, and the novel's secrets are so skillfully and satisfyingly revealed. I was deeply moved, especially by the ending, which was beautifully executed. Matt (the main characte...
  • Suzie Leadabrand
    Jul 15, 2018
    Startlingly accurate. How we respond, interact, deny, avoid our family of origin, sometimes too late to recover meaningful dialogue. Add to that the mix gut-wrenching lives of loved ones we have no way of beginning to even imagine, unearth, let alone understand. ...
  • Rich Szabo
    Mar 29, 2018
    A terrific page turner mystery, actually many mysteries woven into one. Sarvas shows he is a master storyteller, the entire story a flashback that builds the supporting storylines into a thrilling and surprising climax. I found Sarvas? exploration of the main character?s relatio...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Mar 11, 2018
    Matt Santos is standing in an auction hall, looking at a picture, Budapest Street Scene by Ervin Klmn. It will be sold the next day and he is ruminating about how this picture came to let him know more about his family than he ever did before and how it changed his life completely....
  • Dave
    Feb 13, 2018
    This story morphs and disguises throughout, an occasional love story, a story of faith, the complications of a father son relationship, and the recently rediscovered painting "Budapest street scene" which has it own story. There were moments of sheer brilliance, I really enjoyed the mo...
  • Kathleen
    Mar 14, 2018
    Memento Park is a story of restitution, of a man seeking to recover a painting he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during World War II. This art themed novel revolves around "Budapest Street Scene" painted by Hungarian Ervin Laszlo Kalman, history and relationships - betw...
  • Liz
    Feb 26, 2018
    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Mark Santos, born Mathias Santos, is a successful character actor living in Los Angeles with his fiance, Tracy, who is a sought-after catalog model. Mark and Tracy's careers aren't unusual for people who live in L.A., the hub of the entertainmen...
  • Mark
    Mar 11, 2018
    A single Jewish man, Matt Santos, an actor in LA, is torn between a blond gentile swimsuit model and a wavy-haired devout Jewish attorney. (Is that a dated, or classic, conflict for a Jewish male protagonist?) Also, he may be able to sell for millions a painting (by an invented artist)...
  • Zachary Houle
    Mar 15, 2018
    As a book blogger, sometimes you take chances on seemingly unknown authors and their works with the hopes that you might be blown away. Well, I took a chance on Mark Sarvas? Memento Park and I?m elated that I did. This compact yet dense novel is about memory, religion, family, rela...