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Thursday Quotables #5: What Dementia Teaches Us About Love By Nicci Gerrard

The other day I browsed through NetGalley as I quite often do, because I don’t have million books already on my bookshelf waiting to be read.. nope! As soon as I saw What Dementia Teaches Us About Love I just had to get it.

This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in! Created by Lisa, over at Bookshelf Fantasies, and joined in by, well, me!

So I actually ended up having a quick read this weekend as I forgot to take any books with me as we were out and about. I can tell this book is going to be full of relatable quotes, because I’m only a few pages in and already marked a ton of it.

“I used to say that we are made of our memories, but what happens when memories are lost? Who are we then? If we are out of our mind, where have we gone? If we have lost the plot, what happens to the story we are in?”

Even as I am writing this, it makes me feel all the emotions.

“People talk of dementia as if it were a time bomb. In truth, the bomb went off long ago, but quietly, privately, out of sight: a hidden demolition job.”

Dementia affects so many people, some more direct than others. Sadly it hasn’t passed our family by either. Although still in very early stages the noticeable decline in a family member’s memory is frightening. It doesn’t help that I’m thousands of miles away from them.

I expect this book to affect me more than any other book has this year, but also hope it will provide a bit of comfort.  

2 Comments

  • Stephanie

    Aw man, this sounds like a tearjerker. My grandmother, the only grandparent I have left, is starting to head down this path and it’s heartbreaking.

    • Kat

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear! Nothing worse than seeing someone you love loosing themselves x

      I haven’t read this book much more since (because I’m rubbish at reading more than one at the same time!) but from what I saw it is beautifully written.

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