Monday, 12 January 2015

Reading:: Still Alice - A Review

I picked this up at my local bookshop on a whim. You see I really love Julianne Moore, and I'm not a literature snob - if it's been converted to a film, I am not above buying the film adapt cover. 

You see it's the story of Alice, a way above average woman who happens to be a psychologist, who happens to teach at Harvard, who happens to be married to an incredible man, and have three incredible children. You think she's got it all. Well she does. And then some. 

She's diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers and the following story is heartbreakingly sad, but also really beautiful. The story captures the descent into the disease - the memory loss, the loss of self, and the futile snatches at claiming back her memory. Fifteen years prematurely, Alice struggles with memory loss, disorientation, loss of words - and losing her thriving and super successful career. 

I read this book in record time. It is an easy, compelling, engaging read that is beyond sad - informative and insightful. 

Written by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Still Alice is a New York Times bestseller, that's a pacey page-turner.  

Still Alice from Booktopia $15.95

* Reading is all about what I'm reading. It's not sponsored. It's simply me, reading a book and sharing with you. A book club of sorts. In 2015 it's my goal to read at least one book per month - and share my lowdown on them with you. Maybe you'd like to read along? If so, let me know and we can virtually have a book club. 


Priscilla said...

I loved this book! I had no idea it was a film as well though - not sure that I could watch it though...

ejorpin said...

I saw the trailer for the film recently and it looked incredible, and terribly sad. I had no idea it was a book...I devoured Elizabeth is Missing last year, which is also told from the point of view of someone with Alzheimers, but the main character is much older. Having seen my Grandma go through that awful disease it was strangely comforting (and anger making, and sad) to read a story from that perspective. Might have to add this one to my ridiculously tall 'to read' pile.

allyt said...

I loved this book ... Scarily sad for someone with a family histor of Alzheimer's
(But I couldn't buy this one as I hate books with the movie covers)