5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Tragic,
This review is from: There Were No Windows (Paperback)
This is a novel about an elderly woman who loses her mind. It's impossible to describe how good it is and most people would not want to read a book about the onset of Alzheimer's. Yet There Were No Windows is laugh-out-loud funny although at the same time being extremely sad and painful. Claire Temple is fully alive in some ways, in others only half alive, and she is full of fears, memories, incomprehension, anger, understanding and mis-understanding (because she knows she is losing her memory and can do nothing to help herself). One of the saddest things about the book is the way the people looking after her are so horrible; and yet one understands why she is so annoying and why she would try anyone's patience; then, halfway through the book someone is lovely to her, and that is uplifting. For anyone looking after, or having any contact with, someone with memory loss and incipient dementia, this is a must-read; it's disturbing but unforgettable.