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This book unsettled me. Its rendering of a mind descending (drifting? decaying?) into an Alzheimerian abyss is frightening in its deft, almost poetic, description. Indeed, it is disarming in its expanding degrees of what is normal to what is irrevocably and silently lost. If you worry about Alzheimerâ€™s–and who cannot but worry–or have experienced it in your family, the tale told in The Wilderness, the story of Lincolnshire (England) architect Jake Jameson, will stun you. Simply and frighteningly stun you.
Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a nice quiet little middle-class street policed by the local volunteer neighbourhood watch. All the gardens are tidy and well-kept. The neighbours know one other, and nothing much ever happens here. And then imagine that a madwoman moves in next door.
Ok, now switch scenarios and imagine yourself as that madwoman, and that youâ€™ve moved into that nice little neighbourhood. Youâ€™ve not only moved there, but you want to belong, you want to mingle, you want to make friendsâ€¦.
June 18, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· One Comment
Tags: Dark Comedy, Europa Editions, Interview, Quirky, Unreliable Narrator Â· Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Betty Trask Prize, Humorous, Literary, Reading Guide, Unique Narrative, United Kingdom