5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The novel captures the pain of losing a loved one.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Scar Tissue (Paperback)
Scar Tissue is the narrator's account of his mother's death from Alzheimer's disease. His family's genetic disposition for the illness tragically destroys his life. The novel recounts the death of the narrator's father and mother as well as the end of his marriage. The combination of reason and emotion, science and philosophy is perfectly balanced. Ignatieff shows intelligence and wit through the thoughts and insight displayed by the narrator. The format of the narrative is keenly realistic, through memories, speeches, essays, scientific facts and dialog. These elements add interesting branches to the storyline. The characters lag behind in development. The characters Miranda, Jack and the narrator's wife are not fully developed. They do not acquire personalities or complex attitudes. Ignatieff makes up for this shortfall with the drama and truth of the story. The novel captures the pain of an individual and his family as they deal with death. In this book "Ignatieff artfully expresses the intensity and depth of his passion for life and for knowledge" (Nadeau 1). Scar Tissue is a novel that studies the one area in life that everyone must face yet we all try to avoid; death. The reader is shown one way to accept fate and not fear dying.