Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey

I now have a new alter-ego, as a book reviewer for Law and More. My first review is of The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey, and can be found here. The Wilderness is the story of a man struggling to cope with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. As I say in the review this is not, one would think, the most uplifting of subjects, but Harvey tells us something about ourselves, even if she can only guess as to what it is like to suffer the disease. Recommended.

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4 comments:

  1. On the same subject, Terry Pratchett's short BBC series from a few weeks ago "Living with Alzheimers" is worth watching if you can find it. But the BBC web site is currently defeating me.

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  2. Thanks, David. I'll have a look for that.

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  3. Terry Pratchett's struggle to come to terms with the fact that he suffers from Alzheimers was, by turns, funny, touching and sad, and is indeed well worth watching.
    As in my former life I worked with many people afflicted by this cruel disease, and never knew which was worse - the frightening moments of complete clarity, when the sufferer realised that they were suffering from the disease, and were for the briefest of moments, themselves, or, once the disease reasserted themselves, to watch them slip back into a timelocked world where the only person that made any sense was themselves.
    Have you by any chance read, or seen the film ' The Notebook'? I grant you its a bit of a chick flick, but it is a poginant story related to this dreadful condition.
    I shall go out and read ' The Wilderness' forthwith.

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  4. Thanks for that. I'll look out for that film. Hope you enjoy the book - be interesting to hear your views.

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