The subject of Alzheimer's suddenly seems to have become popular and features in books and films. It put in an appearance in Ann Tyler's 'Spool of Blue Thread' and is the main theme in Emma Healey's, 'Elizabeth is Missing.' The book has a prologue, the opening sentence of which is
'Maud? Was I boring you so much that you'd rather stand out in the dark?'
It was Maud being addressed and not me, but actually, yes, as the book progressed I was bored. It must be difficult to create a narrator with memory problems and still keep the dialogue sharp, I found the blanks and repetitions tedious and ultimately annoying.
It is Londoner Emma Healey's first book.
Here's the first page. Would it tempt you to keep on reading?
The next book for discussion at our book club later this month is another first novel, this one by an American, Matthew Thomas. Once again we are dealing with Alzheimer's. I'm half way through it and finding it upsetting. If it were not on our book list I wouldn't be reading this book. (But that's precisely why I'm in a book club - to be taken out of my comfort zone.)
The opening page would never have attracted to me to the book because it seems such a cliche of an Irish family.
This book also has a prologue. I found it disturbing.
His father was watching the line in the water. The boy caught a frog and stuck a hook in its stomach to see what it would look like going through. Slick guts clung to the hook, and a queasy guilt grabbed him.
I still haven't worked out the relationship of the prologue to the main body of the story but you could describe me as hooked!
Joining Bibliophile by the Sea for her Tuesday Intros.