Still Alice was one of those amazing books that make you think and appreciate life. In this story we meet Alice, a successful linguist and Harvard instructor, who gets Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The story is told through Alice’s eyes so we get to see her daily struggles to come to grips with her diagnosis, and the effect it has on the people around her.
Published by Simon and Schuster on December 29th 2009
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary, Contemporary Women
Paperback provided by My Wallet (purchased)
In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind...
Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.
True story: I saw the trailer for this movie and knew I had to read the book. I started reading this book yesterday, and here I am writing the review. This was an amazing story. I have always been fascinated by Alzheimer’s Disease. The author did a lot of research and she was able to express the frustration and heartbreak of this mental illness.
In Alice’s POV we see her going about her busy routine of lectures, trying to make time for her husband, supporting her children as they start their own families, and then dealing with the diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. I was riveted by the daily struggles with memory and routine. Alice is written so well, it hard to imagine what it would be like. I think the author was able to capture the frustration for Alice and her family.
On a more personal note, I have to admit that I didn’t cry reading this book. I teared up when I saw the movie (found it on YouTube today), but it wasn’t a depressing book. For me it was so eye opening to the struggle for the person battling the illness. I know it very well from the family/caregiver perspective, but this was a completely fresh perspective on this mental illness.
Still Alice is a story I will be thinking about for a long time. It was really good, but it left some lingering questions. I am still unsure if the husband decided to stay or move. I don’t know if Lydia ever got her wish. These questions didn’t take too much away from my enjoyment of the story, but I hate loose ends.
As far as the movie goes, I thought it was very good. Julianne Moore was brilliant in her portrayal of someone battling this mental illness. I know some people don’t like Kristen Stewart as an actress, but I think she did an amazing job in this movie.