By: Eric Rill
A friend suggested I read this book when I mentioned another friend had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I bought it…But, honestly, didn’t read it for months. I expected it to be dry and depressing and very documentary-like. I hate documentaries. Then, one night, I accidentally opened it, thinking it was another book on my kindle. I was several pages in before I realized my mistake. By then, it was too late. I was hooked.
Right away, from those first few pages the main character, Saul Reimer, jumps off the page and grabs you by the ears and makes you want to see who he is and how his condition changes him into the man who isn’t there.
Each chapter is written in first person; some chapters are written from Saul’s point of view. Other chapters tell his wife, Monique’s story or his daughter Florence’s, or son, Joey’s account. There are even a few small entries from his doctor’s point of view.
I learned a lot about Alzheimer’s from this book, but in no way was the story dull or dry or uninteresting. I couldn’t help myself…I read the whole book in one sitting.
The author, Mr. Rill, did an excellent job building his characters; I cared for each of them in such a way as think of them as real people I might know.
Truly enjoyed this story despite knowing from the beginning what the eventual outcome would be. Highly recommend AN ABSENT MIND by Eric Rill!