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In the Shadow of Memory (American Lives) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Inspirational without being cloying.
And what essays they are! The first half of his book is devoted to relating his struggle out of the abyss of an obliterated memory of his past. In his words "Memory is what connects us and memory is what has torn us apart." It is a phenomenal, charismatic paeon to the strength of the human spirit. In the last half we are treated to meditations (with much humor) on "Kismet", "Pal Joey," and "Hamlet" as well as other philosophical meanderings.Read more ›
His description of his own condition is extraordinary. I cannot think of another volume in which neurological illness is described so vividly "from the inside." His integration of relevant scientific literature within his account is always accessible and informative. And his setting all of this in the wider context of his life story makes terrific reading. He is candid, insightful, evocative, and poetic. We get to know him, not only as a writer and as a patient, but as a person--and he's a mensch. Although he lives far out in the country, he becomes our neighbor with this volume. This is of the most honest, perceptive, and well crafted books that I have read in a very long time.
Skloot never flies the victim banner with his physical condition -- on the contrary, it seems to have given him a greater understanding of others. In his forties, he was hit with a virus that left him with some of the same brain malfunctions as his Alzheimers-afflicted mother. The story of his recovered relationship with his brother -- a compulsively over-eating, severe diabetic, and his once terrifying mother, are healing for anyone to read.
This is real soul food.
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Imagine being in your early forties, a writer and a poet, a distance runner. Now picture suffering brain damage from a virus that requires every bit of your concentration to walk... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raymond M. Wong
I found it to be very depressing and I can only recommend his short story which is the only reason I bought the book in the first place!Published on August 11, 2014 by Kathy Kurpita
Amazing book, exceedingly well written, incredibly interesting, very worthwhile, anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.Published on February 15, 2014 by Jill Frumin
Mr.Skloot gifted writer, poet and athlete was stricken with viral brain disease
that robbed him of his memory. Read more
In the Shadow of Memory is the first of three memoirs (World of Light and The Wink of the Zenith are the other two that complete the trio) Floyd Skloot has written about his... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Bookish2
What does a writer do when he acquires a brain injury? Naturally, he writes about it. Floyd Skloot, a novelist, a poet, and an essayist, acquired a brain injury from a virus; he... Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Garry Prowe
My experience purchasing this book was excellent. I cannot say the same for my experience reading this book. Well written, In the Shadow of Memory is much to do about nothing. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009
Mr Skloot has won many awards for his writings about living his life and even these cannot adequately capture the struggle, courage, gifts, and love of this man and the life he... Read morePublished on October 27, 2005 by Ms. Mary Flynn