The Living End
Jan 19, 2012
The Living End
Author: Robert Leleux
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
What an interesting book! At first I was dubious as to how a book about Alzheimer’s could possibly be described as humorous but Robert manages to pull it off nicely. It helps that the woman suffering from Alzheimer’s – his grandmother – is a true Southern pistol of a lady.
Robert has the gift of witty word play and when you combine that with a the antics of a woman who is used to saying what she thinks and acting like she rules the world – you get a story of a lady’s rather rapid decline into a world where memory loss - while sad, has moments of laugh out loud reading.
Robert deeply loves his Grandmother and is crushed when her decline occurs suddenly after an operation. She was sharp as a tack with a mouth on her that would make a trucker blush beforehand, making her sudden decline in thoughts and ability to make that sharp retort all the more noticeable.
This is a serious book about dealing with a degenerative condition (I hate to use the word disease)with one whom you love, but somehow Robert adds enough humor to make reading about it enjoyable, while perhaps reminding you to always enjoy the time you have with loved ones, as you never know how long that time might be.
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