By Lisa Genova - Still Alice (Media Tie-In) (2014-12-17)

Book By Lisa Genova - Still Alice (Media Tie-In) (2014-12-17)

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- By: Lisa Genova(Author)
- Language: Unknown
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:Unknown
- Publisher: Gallery Books (December 17, 2014)
- Bestsellers rank: 2
- Category: Other books
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  • By Melanie Gilbert on March 1, 2018

    Author Lisa Genova explores the dementia landscape through this work of fiction using the character of Alice Howland, a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, as our guide. She and her family are disbelieving when she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 50, at the peak of both her professional and personal life. The little mishaps written off to stress, fatigue, and carelessness now seem ominous harbingers of an eventual decay of her mind.Most dementia-related books are memoirs written by family caregivers since the diagnosed generally lack the stamina, organized thinking, self reflection and awareness to narrate their story. Their literary voice is silenced even before the disease literally destroys it. Genova’s approach, getting inside of Alice’s head as she goes about her day, while also describing non-afflicted peoples’ reaction to her increasingly bizarre and unsettling behavior, gives this book its intimate power. The reader sees the duality of the disease: who Alice thinks she is while others see who she is not.By writing fiction in the third person, Genova, who is a neurologist as well as an author, gives us a realistic and first-hand insight into the thinking of the diagnosed and those who love them. The author describes medical testing, support groups, the loss of brain and body function, and the impact of the disease on individual and collective interests. Through a fictional character, Genova gives voice to the real-life sufferers of dementia.“Still Alice” is an astonishing and loving work of perspective and one of the best books about memory loss that I have read.

  • By Holly on December 17, 2015

    Due to the subject matter hitting too close to home, I had to delay reading this incredible book until I was ready to handle the subject matter. My father was diagnosed with dementia (not Alzheimer's) and was gradually going downhill cognitively while his body stayed healthy and fit. A WWII combat veteran, he had gone to college on the GI Bill, earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked in the field for over 50 years. In the early stages, watching his confusion over trying to comprehend instructions on how to install a water faucet (which was the type of task that came easily to him) was heartbreaking. After a massive stroke, which significantly affected his communication skills and further decreased his brain function, his world shrunk and he could no longer read a newspaper or follow a football game on TV.This book was an incredible read and, written by a neuroscientist, gave an insight into what goes on in the mind of a patient with Alzheimer's. When you are on the outside, looking in, it's difficult to understand what happens inside the head of someone facing these diseases that strip people of their cognitive function. It is obvious from the story that the author not only has a huge talent for writing, she did her research in trying to share the experience of the patient. She also shows how these diseases impact everyone around them and people react in very different ways. That was how it unfolded in my own family and was tough on everyone concerned.This is one of those novels that I would recommend to just about anyone. If you have no experience with the disease it will be enlightening. If you know someone who is touched by this, it will give you a window into the mind of your friend or loved one. A tough, difficult read at times but well worth it as it is a brilliant novel.

  • By Erika Taylor on March 1, 2015

    This haunting and unique novel chronicles one woman's life as she slowly loses her identity to Alzheimer's. It's good. Some sections are very good. But it's also extremely frustrating.Alice's character is beautifully drawn and the details of her medical condition are scary, fascinating and made me highly sympathetic. The novel's structure--each chapter taking place about a month apart over two years--is an effective way to show how the disease eats her alive over time.But so often the simple rules of good fiction writing aren't followed here, to the point where I wanted to leap in and start making editorial notes in the margin. ("Show don't tell." "Make your details mirror your themes.")For starters, each character says exactly what they feel and no descriptions carry any nuance or complexity. This means the book wears its themes on its proverbial sleeve, leaving readers with a lot of emotion but no meaning to tease apart.Secondly, the writing itself is devoid of any rhythm or sense of beauty. The Alzheimer's itself does the heavy lifting, as if Lisa Genova had pointed a camera at Alice and her family and let them talk. She's reporting, not writing.Finally, there were times when Alice's functioning seemed almost normal and then a few pages later, she couldn't complete a basic task. If that's how Alzheimer's affects people it should have been mentioned, because otherwise it's not believable. Interestingly, the film, which I loved, didn't have this problem.There is so much to like in this novel, and with a year of writing classes under her belt Genova could be absolutely great. Here's hoping she signs up for a good fiction workshop.

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