The Wilderness

The Wilderness

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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With his memories slowly eroding from Alzheimer's, sixty-five-year-old Jake Jameson struggles to preserve his sense of identity by building stories about his feelings and the events of his life, unaware that even his clearest recollections may not be true.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2009
Edition: 1st ed. in the United States
ISBN: 9780385529488
Characteristics: 1 online resource (371 p.)


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Jun 12, 2017

A purposefully maddening narrative, with the story told from the perspective of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The protagonist often struggles to locate his words even early on; the sentence, "Entropy - this is the word his brain has been trying to hunt down for days" is alone worth the price of reading. The connections to reality are thus never quite certain for us, and less so as the decline continues. Nevertheless, the architect narrator's life gradually unfolds for us through flashbacks, stories, and memories divorced from linear time, untrustworthy in themselves, but rendered in touching and often shattering prose.

Aug 05, 2013

Although compelling in story I did find myself wish the story would move faster. However this could have been a choice by the author to demenstrate better how the character was progressing with the disease....The book did bring me to tears a few times so it is rich in emotion to say the least.

Apr 30, 2013

The narrator of this story, who has Alzheimer's disease, struggles to remember. As the book progresses, so does the disease and his memories become increasingly fragmented and unreliable. The book is very well written and compelling.

Dec 13, 2009

This was one of the most compelling stories I have ever read. It s the story of an English architect whose passion was to build a glass house in the English countryside. The story takes place when he is elderly and is succumbiing to Alzheimers. It explores memory, reality, truth, our values contrasted against how we actually live our life. A powerful story that gives plenty of food for thought.


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