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Still Alice Paperback – 26 Feb 2015
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'Remarkable... illuminating... highly relevant today' Daily Mail
'The most accurate account of what it feels like to be inside the mind of an Alzheimer's patient I've ever read. Beautifully written and very illuminating' Rosie Boycot
'Utterly brilliant' Chrissy Iley
'A crisp, straightforward and wrenching depiction' -- New Yorker
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A moving and insightful story of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease, now a major film starring Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world around her - for ever. Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.See all Product description
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There are two reasons for that.
Firstly, Alice is not a typical Alzheimer's sufferer. She's very clever, very educated and very aware, she admits to the disease rather than hides.
Secondly, the book ends earlier than it might, which allows less bleakness than if it followed Alice's journey for longer.
A good read, very moving, an insight into the victim's mental life.
Alice Howland is a 50 year old Harvard professor with a husband, John, plus three adult children, Tom, Lydia and Anna. When she is diagnosed with early- onset Alzheimer's, we see this intelligent woman gradually lose her faculties right to the point when she is puzzled as to who the stranger is with her (it is her husband).
Told from Alice's perspective, the reader gets a unique insight as to how someone with dementia perceives the outside world as certain tasks she has began to do every day start to elude her.
I would urge anyone who has known or has a friend or relative with dementia to read this novel. They will learn and understand the reality of Alzheimer's.
The book is about Alice and her not so slow downfall into early on-set Alzheimer's at the age of 50. Alice is a very well respected professor of linguistics at Harvard university, traveling all over the globe giving lectures, and her opinion is listened to with respect. She feels it all happening in her head and can't do a thing about it.
The author Lisa Genova captures the progressive descent beautifully, with sympathy and empathy and manages to get a touch of humour in it from time to time. The way she writes, repeating sentences often and with little asides brings it home to you how awful this disease is.
It is heartbreaking to read and I have to admit to a little tear after Alice gives her talk to the world renown experts in the disease.
You just have to read this book, yes, it is sad but so well written, and does have it's heartwarming bits too.
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