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.
4 thoughts on “Still Alice by Lisa Genova”
This is one of those book that you love even though the subject matter is so difficult. I have yet to see the movie.
I enjoyed the movie but thought there were a couple of subplots that could have been tied in with the story better. I haven’t read the book yet.
I may not have liked it as overwhelmingly as you did. But I still thought it was very good. And you’re right about the movie. It was very good and true to the book.
This is one of those books which I really want to read too. I almost picked it up in a charity shop for 50p and then didn’t for some reason. It’s definitely on my list. And then I’ll have to see the film too.