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Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite
An Absent Mind by Eric Rill is a moving story about a man diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Saul was in his early seventies when this terrible illness struck. It was obvious that throughout his life he had been a larger than life kind of character and suddenly that would all change. His struggle through the middle stages to the end are written in this very moving novel. The story also examines the family and their relationships with each other.
Eric Rill has delivered a very powerful yet touching novel. It centers on Alzheimer's and the way in which the disease progresses. Having had some personal experience with this, the author then felt the need to write about it and I am so glad he did. He told his story in a unique way. Throughout the story, the point of view changes between people. Sometimes it was the patient Saul's point of view, then it would be from his wife's perspective. Other times it was from the son or daughter's point of view. There were a couple of references to the doctor's view, which I found important as it gave a more clinical outlook. The whole story from start to finish touched my heart and at the same time I found out a great deal about the disease that I did not know. I learned how the body begins to shut down completely and in the end something as simple as swallowing would not be possible.
Eric Rill explains at the end of his novel how he worked closely with a clinical doctor so that he could give the most honest opinion of the different stages of the disease. This was very helpful to me as a reader and I am sure it will be helpful to other readers. My eyes have truly been opened as I never fully comprehended what actually happens. I have the utmost respect for the author for writing this beautiful book and I am glad he did. What a moving story that has truly touched my heart.