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This review is from: The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer's (Hardcover)
It is a noble truth that we all die and that the moment of our death is unknown. John Thorndike explores this essential inevitability with searing honesty, fierce grace, deep compassion, and a journalist's curiosity. By guiding his father on the 92-year-old's final journey, the author confronts nagging and unresolved questions about his own childhood while simultaneously entering a powerful realignment with the constellation of his entire family--and the trajectory of his own life. Thorndike displays a novelist's love of language, a storyteller's eye for detail, a detective's instinct for sleuthing, and a son's enduring love for the man who molded him in ways that have John alternately smiling and fuming. If you've ever lost a parent to dementia, as I have, you will identify at once with the harrowing experiences the author describes in this elegant and compelling book. More importantly, you will recognize and appreciate the cascade of profound challenges, both physical and mental, that unavoidably befall the caregiver as well as the patient. It is from this rich and freshly disturbed psychic soil that John Thorndike, a life-long farmer in addition to being a talented writer, grows in ways that he is brave enough to share. We are wiser for it. And Joe would be proud.