Remind Me Who I Am, Again

Remind Me Who I Am Again In Linda Grant s mother Rose was diagnosed with multi infarct dementia With Roses s memory deteriorating a whole world was in the process of being lost In this work she looks at the question o

  • Title: Remind Me Who I Am, Again
  • Author: Linda Grant
  • ISBN: 9781862071711
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1993 Linda Grant s mother, Rose, was diagnosed with multi infarct dementia With Roses s memory deteriorating, a whole world was in the process of being lost In this work she looks at the question of identity, memory and autonomy that dementia raises.

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    1. 'Remind Me Who I Am, Again' is a memoir written by Linda Grant about her mother who suffers from vascular dementia (which is brought about by a series of small strokes). It's a bit of a English Jewish family history going back a couple of generations, complete with old B&W photos (but only in the beginning). But mostly, it's about Ms. Grant's troubled history with her mother and how dementia compounds those problems. It tends to ramble, and the family history bits aren't written in a way tha [...]

    2. In some ways this is a grim book, yet I am finding rereading it bizarrely comforting.Linda Grant is uncompromisingly honest on what it can mean to 'respect the choices' made by older people - their need for 'independence', when independence means living in fear, isolation and confusion.Reading about the nightmarish struggles of another middle-aged person with a frail elderly parent, can make the situation in one's own family circle seem much less isolated/isolating. This could be a claustrophobi [...]

    3. I didn't finish this book. Partially, it's my own issue, because I was expecting a memoir about dementia or Alzheimer's and this is a story about a family and their history. Unfortunately, I had difficulty reading the sentences because of their composition. I also was not really interested in this family's story as it unfolded. The family has never really been honest with one another or the world, so I was challenged to know who to care about and why I should.

    4. This gets 5 stars from me because some elements of it are so very, heartbreaking, familiar. I've nodded, read bits to the lovely husband who has been by my side during the whole, and the end, of my Mum's journey through dementia, and I've cried. The use of verbal cues to disguise a failing grasp on conversation - "yes, that's right". The need to rediscover the history of the family - I wrote chapters of my Mum's life to give her care team a backstory and some context to who she had been. The str [...]

    5. A brutally honest book about dealing with a parent's dimentia. Grant is not always likeable in this account, but she shines a bright light on her relationship with her mother, spanning decades. I found her assumption of Jewish knowledge irritating, mostly because of many mistakes "chazoreth" for example, seemingly combining "chazeret" and "charoseth" we're often in close context with Grant's statement about Judaism, which were given with authority, and often at odds with my beliefs. If you're go [...]

    6. "Without memory there's chaos, without memory we don't exist". A thought provoking book on memory thats told through her relationship with her Mother and her worsening state of Multi-Infarct Dementia. The importance of memory and history has always fascinated me and Linda Grant delivers a very well written memoir on the subject. A favourite quote from the book actually comes from Saul Bellow "an unexamined life is meaningless but the examined life can make you want to kill yourself". Never a tru [...]

    7. Dealing with the difficult subject of dementia this book would be of interest to anybody with a relative suffering from the condition. It's well researched and refreshingly unsentimental but inevitably it is a little depressing.

    8. I might be rating unfairly here, because I read this book for a class in which it has no rightful place. Overall, however, I had some ethical concerns with regards to naming some of her more distant relatives and was generally unimpressed with the writing and Grant's insights.

    9. Two types of memoirs dominate these days. Boomers living through their own medical hell and boomers living through their parents medical hell/demise. This was very good, very honest I think. A meditation on love, duty, disability and exhaustion.

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