Still Alice. Finished 9-27-16, 5/5 stars, fiction, pub. 2007
Unabridged audio read by the author. I LOVED Genova’s narration and would happily listen to all of her books this way if she was reading them.
Last year I saw the movie with Julianne Moore and really liked it, even though it was sad. I knew the book had been well received by bloggers but it sat on my shelf for years. This is one of the few times when I think the movie held up well. Yes, the book was better and had more nuance, but the movie and Moore’s performance were spot on. It was also a good time to read it since we just visited Cambridge, where this takes place, last week. Interestingly, I enjoyed the audio even more than reading and found myself wasting time in the kitchen just so I could listen.
What’s it about – A well-respected 50 year old Harvard professor is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. There is a fast decline and family relationships are tested. Her husband, just as in the movie, made me want to hit him even though I could see his pain too.
What did I learn – Before I saw the movie I hadn’t really known that people got Alzheimer’s so young. The book provided even more details about the choices of treatment and support (or lack of, really). I also had no idea that there was a gene that you could be tested for and was surprised that her daughter could use in-vitro and eliminate the risks of passing it on.
Who would love it – Anyone who loves or has loved someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease would appreciate the insight. I think anyone, like myself, who enjoys a great story even if it’s depressing.
I did a comparison of the movie and the book if you’d like to weigh in.