Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

5 stars for Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

Still Alice is not your run-of-the-mill story that you read and then forget about. It is a poignant portrayal of Alzheimer's Disease, the most common cause of dementia, a disease irreversible and where no known cure exists, that may one day hit you or me.

As Alice's condition progressively deteriorates, readers are thrust into an increasingly fuzzy world where protagonist and readers all seems to amalgamate as audience of one looking inwards into Alice's world yet outwards into Alice's self.

A compelling read that has me crying so many times that I have lost count.

Publisher: Pocket Books; Media Tie-In edition
Publication date: 16 Dec 2014

*** Favourite quote ***

The sound of her name penetrated her every cell and seemed to scatter her molecules beyond the boundaries of her own skin. She watched herself from the far corner of the room.


She didn’t want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna’s baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.

While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.

Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

*Blurb from author's website*

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