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The book follows Alice as the central character, while her family and colleagues agonize over what is happening. Alice remains the focus, even as she loses piece by piece of herself. Never mawkish, this is an affecting portrait of 'still Alice'. Fly far little book!
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Later: This is a very affecting book, not least because Alzheimer's is one of the most fearful ailments I can contemplate; to realize that one's own mind is failing is unnerving even in its mildest "having a senior moment" form, and when an irreversible, early-onset syndrome is involved it's that much more nightmarish... Alice has the educational background to understand her own illness more thoroughly than many people do, but that only makes it more poignant. The novel goes into the ups and downs of diagnosis and attempted treatments, including experimental drug trials, with all their side effects and potential heartbreak.
The story is told from Alice's viewpoint - up until the final bit, anyway - which I felt gave an immediacy to her situation, even though as the illness progressed it was clear that her own perceptions might not match reality. This was... disconcerting, touching too closely to my own darkest fears; a very affecting story.
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