Still Alice is a novel (and film adaptation starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart) about a university lecturer and mother of three Alice who is diagnosed with Alziemers at fifty years old.
I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope that they are as faithful to the book as possible. Genova writes a powerful story as Alice’s world starts to crumble when she starts off as being rather forgetful like the next person until it spirals into worse circumstances, to the point where she can’t remember the names of her children. It might not be the sort of book to appeal to everyone, but it makes you realize that Alziemers is serious and considerably more than just ‘forgetting’ stuff. It’s probably more serious on a younger person because an older person has more long term memories. It took me about four days to read this book, and I found it sadder that a middle aged woman with a good and long lasting career as a linguistics professor and mother of three has to go through Alziemers disease or dementia rather than an elderly person who has fond memories of the distant past. Either way, it has to be taken very seriously.
Still, it was a thought provoking read and completely different from what I normally read, more mature as well. I haven’t read any of Genova’s other books, but she writes well and puts the message across without patronizing the readers.