What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?
I was very moved by Alice's courage and her struggle to function in spite of her difficulties.
I was impressed with the patience and courage of her husband.
Who would you recommend this reading to and why?
Iw ould recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Alzheimer's disease or anyone whose life has been touched by someone with Alzheimer's. My father has Alzheimer's disease and so did both of my maternal grandparents.
Consider the story/plot.
Alice finds herself forgetting things more and more often. She finds herself getting lost right in her own neighborhood. She has increasing trouble with her short term memory and forgets even the time of day when she winds up at the university working in the middle of the night. Her husband tries to be patient with her but it gets increasingly difficult to put up with her moods and the predicaments she gets into. I really don't agree with his decision to move her from her home to another town so he can take a different job. It is so important for people with Alzheimers to remain in familiar settings. Eventually she goes to live with her daughter and has a caregiver come to her daughter's home to take care of her. At the of the story it seems that everyone has come to terms with the illness and things are fine but that is not really true. In real life, it continues to be increasingly difficult and there is no happy ending.
Consider character development.
The characters are believable because of all the research done before writing the book, although it is hard to imagine Alice still trying to lecture if her memory was indeed that impaired. The time sequences of her deveopment of Alzheimer's disease are very accelerated. She would not go from just being diagnosed with the disease to being disabled as rapidly as it appears in the book.
I didn't like the idea that she was considering suicide. I am glad that didn't work out.
What was the message/purpose of the writing?
The purpose of this writing was to try todescribeAlzheimer's disease from the perspective of someone that has it. I wonder if anyone has truly been able to write a book from the perspective of someone with Alzheimer's disease. The message was that what is most important in one's life are those who have loved you and those that you love.
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