I'm memorizing a 1000-page book word for word and I'm making progress

Some time ago I posted here on the forum a topic about memorizing a 988 page book word for word. I was not surprised when I received answers that it was unnecessary to do so and that understanding the idea was enough, however I was always a person who does exactly the opposite of what people say. I went ahead hahaha.

The method:

  1. In order not to get lost, I create one image per page, associated with the page number and associate that image with the main topic and the subtopics. (There is usually only one topic per page and 3 subtopics)
  2. I read the page, mark the keywords with a highlighter.
  3. Then I use the John Place method.
    3.1 I read the first sentence
    3.2 I repeat with my eyes closed out loud
    3.3 I read the first and second sentences
    3.4 I repeat the first and the second with my eyes closed and so on. And so, I do with each paragraph, individually.
  4. I created an organized calendar so that I can review all pages after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month …
    Ex: page 61,62,63,64,65. Review May 4th, May 10th and June 4th.
    At the end of each page I can recite it word for word with very few mistakes. The association of the page number allows me to review periodically without getting lost. It also allows that, if someone opens the book and reads a sentence, I will probably be able to complete the sentence and say which page it is on.
    In the beginning I took about 30 minutes per page. Studying 2 hours a day, which is a comfortable time, I memorized 4 pages a day. I calculated that memorizing 4 pages a day, in 244 days I will have memorized the whole book, however the time that I take is decreasing more and more and the ease that I have to memorize too, so soon, I estimate that I will get 10 pages a day and so i will finish in 2 months.
    Conclusions: In the beginning it is overwhelming and tiring, however get used to it. It’s worth it, normal memory is much better for words, there are pages where words enter my mind like magic, it even looks like photographic memory. When someone tells you that something is not necessary, that it is very difficult, etc. and you think you have the ability to do that, just ignore people :slight_smile:

Oi tudo bem sou novo no fórum queria saber como encontro as palavras chaves para memórizar um livro


Hi, I’m new to the forum and would like to know how to find the keywords for memorizing a book.


Then I use the John Place method.
3.1 I read the first sentence
3.2 I repeat with my eyes closed out loud
3.3 I read the first and second sentences
3.4 I repeat the first and the second with my eyes closed and so on. And so, I do with each paragraph, individually.

Ive never heard of this method, thank you for sharing!

I like your approach for reviewing your already memorized material. Dusting off the cobwebs every now and then is a great way to make sure you dont lose progress. Every few days I will go down the list of words/ definitions I am memorizing just to make sure none of them slip


It’s awesome that you’ve taken on the challenge of memorizing a book verbatim, because it’s an excellent long term exercise! I bet your memory abilities will sky rocket with time!



This is awesome!

I like your discipline and inspiration!

If I understood your post correctly, you do not use a memory palace, but instead you just create an image for every page and associate the content within the page with that image

Am I correct?

You could also create a room for each page and then place the images there, but I am sure you already thought about that.

However, you have inspired me to memorize a book, too.

I will not yet start with a 988 paged book, yet, but with a book with fewer pages.

Thank you for sharing your progress and your method!

Yours Sincerely


it is a good method, however I could easily get lost with it … Maybe it is interesting to associate the page number with the room. Even because I have to review the pages individually. I will think about it


Hello! There is a very good system for memorizing books. Multiphase images. You highlight one big image for each paragraph, and you highlight many details. Let’s say this is a text about insects, representing a fly, highlighting its eyes, paws, wings. And to these details, just associate the chain of associations with the order of ideas or words in the sentences. All you have to do is keep in mind that the images attached to the details of another image are erased a little faster. But, if you scroll them in the mind enough times, they will be fixed firmly enough. In any case, it is much better than just repeating the text of the book many times.

Good luck!


Amazing! congratulation!


Looks like a pretty hard work, but the results are rewarding.
I teach Economics and tried a lot in making things easy for my students, but still stuck with the 1st chapter in Micro Economics. Tried Mnemonics and other ideas, but the hull is stuck. Open for some brilliant ideas friends.
Prof KS Farid

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Gosh…it seems unbelievable! Congrats for your big milestone!
Looking forward to hear more from you!

Adrian Hanz

This is all kinds of inspiring. Thanks for sharing - can’t wait to hear how you progress. :grin: It would be fabulous if you could find a way to share a recital when you’re done.

Good luck. It would be fascinating if someone memorized a book like Lord of the Rings, which is also about 1000 pages. They could recount the story like some ancient story teller record keeper.


Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve personally tried last month to start memorising a smaller passage of a larger book but have lost my consistency quite rapidly. One of my life dreams would be to memorise this book of Marcel Proust of approximately 3000 pages. From time to time I memorise a page or two but I’ve never found the courage to place a strict recall calendar.

The primary issue I was confronted with was to break down the text in smaller pieces since this book has sentences of several pages long sometimes.

You’ve given me new hope and I’m now going to impose myself similarly two hours per day combined with memory palaces while trying to implement your John Place method.

I would also be curious to know how much time do you need for recall and if the one day, one week, one month rehearsal is sufficient for book learning on the long run. And did you read the book several times before starting memorising it?

Good luck, hope you’ll share more feedback as you go!

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can you explain more about your idea

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True, I also use this method in memory palace.

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I want your advice.
I am a commerce student and need to remember Income tax and GST act. And each word in a sentence matters. So how do i learn remember whole text?
One image for each page won’t be enough.

It simply means you are reading a script of a movie and you have to speak or write exactly in the same order which is in the text book.

I will recommend you to read Magnetic Memory Monday Newsletter volume 1from Dr. Anthony Metivier where he speaks about Tom Cruise Merathon.
It better to learn from specialist rather than juvenile like me in front of masters.
I am also trying to memorize 25,000 word book around 100 pages, till now I am doing pretty good but I am using one memory palace to memories a page and multiple images to memorize the info in orderly manner.
That doesn’t mean I am going to use 100 different memory palaces. I am invariably keeping all the info in 26 memory palace i.e. A-Z.

Rest you can learn from Dr. Metiviers books.

Till then keep yourself magnetic.

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Although I find method inefficient, if it works for you, go ahead and complete your goal. I don’t like the John Place method.

I prefer a more imagination driven, image-idea approach and mnemonic systems as aid (A-Z, 00-99 lists of pictures). As I’ve been experimenting to get the finest method, and concluded with with linking method of ideas and leading words mix within and ocurring in places (Method of Loci). As you care about text position in respect of pages, that could either me solved with 1000 rooms or number system pictures.

It’d be cool if you keep your method and then as an experiment try what I’ve explained or any other and compare. That way you can catalogued which was better, faster or more efficient.

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Hello! In principle, it is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. The bottom line is that each loci or item can give us additional loci. Now you represent the eagle. It can distinguish beak, eyes, wings, paws, tail. And now you are simple. Mentally magnify every detail. And tie to it tie chains of associations of five images. Eagles are representatives of the hawkish family. Imagine a beak the size of such a huge iceberg, and the legendary helicopter crashes into it: the Black Hawk. Now you can attach some more image data to the helicopter with the data you want to remember. Further increase the eye. To large sizes, convert the length of the body of the eagles into images of the PAO or Major system, the length of the body is 75-88 cm. Imagine these images on the orgomic eye of the eagle and so on. So in the loci you will keep only a large main image, which, with a mental increase, will tell everything that is attached to it. This approach makes it easy to remember accurate data from scientific texts before exams and the like. But it’s much easier to remember texts word for word. When memorizing verses, you will simply remember for every detail the order of keywords in each sentence, and the main image will denote each quartz.


oh wow, thanks for sharing!

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