On this day last year I had just finished the above book and wrote
a review in my diary.
The tag line is - Was losing her memory the best thing that ever happened to her?
The story is about Alice who loses her memories of the last 10 years
after an accident.
It had quite an impact on me at the time and set me to thinking, what if?
In Alices's mind she was happily married, pregnant with her first child and had a good
relationship with her family - that was 10 years ago.
Ten years on she and her husband are separated, her sister hates her and her son in 10 years old
and she has missed all his childhood.
What happened in those intervening years that made her life so unrecognisable from what it was.
Just imagine if you lost your memories - and woke up 10 years younger. Would you do
everything the same way, make the same decisions.
The theme is similar to the film 'Sliding Doors' where just one action told a
completely different story,
'Shirley Valentine' where she says
"Where has she gone, the girl that was me"
Maybe a whole bunch of different decisions could have
been made with a much more satisfying outcome.
I could say that there is a whole world out there that I have never seen and
things I haven't done that I should have, but
I can't think of anything that I would rather have been doing over the last couple of decades,
perhaps the journey could have been better, or a
different route taken to get to the same end.
This book provoked a lot of thought, like
when did I get so old and
would I really have done anything different
if I was given the choice.?
I'll never know.