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The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

A Moving Story Narrated By A Deteriorating Mind

The Wilderness - Samantha Harvey

The Wilderness is the story of a man who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The novel is narrated from his point of view. At the beginning of the book he is relatively lucid though there are already clues to his deteriorating state; by the end of the book he is profoundly confused.

It's not necessarily an enjoyable book to read. It's too harrowing for that. But it succeeds incredibly well in conveying the reality of a deteriorating mind. So much so, in fact, that as I read, I began to worry that I, too, was developing Alzheimer's.

It's a brave, clever and deeply moving book but one that I am glad I have finally got to the end of.