Title : Still Alice
Author : Lisa Genova
Genre : Contemporary, Adult
Read in : April 2015
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life–and her relationship with her family and the world–forever.
At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest’s Ordinary People.
Initial Thoughts : I read this book at 14 years, which was too meagre an age to grasp the full essence of the book (at least, according to me). The story didn’t strike a chord, and at the most, I was moved by the theme and setting of the book. I especially remember really liking the writing, but for me it, it was mainly a slow-paced insight into the life of a person battling Alzheimer’s. It was nothing too special, and I ended up giving it a three stars.
Present thoughts : I really admire and respect the calibre of the book. At that time, I wasn’t of the age or experience to commend a book based on just its theme. At that time, I needed a good story to make things work. But now, that’s not so. I can admire a book even if it has a slow story – if only it provides ample amount of something else. In this book’s case – excellent portrayal of the main character who is suffering – battling – the disease and how it has an effect on her family and professional life. The whole process of how the family as a whole heals – especially the mother-daughter relationship which slowly heals – is a beautiful, beautiful part of the book. Mainly, it is a book which spreads awareness, and does so with good writing and a story which may not be stellar, but can definitely hold your attention. The essence of the book lies in its portrayal of characters and family ties.
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