Forever Today: A Memoir of Love and Amnesia

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2005 - Всего страниц: 400
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Clive Wearing is one of the most famous, extreme cases on amnesia ever known. In 1985, a virus completely destroyed the memory part of his brain, leaving him trapped in a limbo of the constant present. Since then, every conscious moment is for him as if he has just woken from a ten-year coma, repeated in an endless loop. A brilliant conductor and BBC music producer, Clive was at the height of his success when the illness struck. For seven years he was kept in the general ward in the London hospital where the ambulance first dropped him off, because there was nowhere else for him to go. His wife Deborah compaigned for better conditions, hopelessly searched for a cure, and, in her quest to find answers, founded a national charity. As damaged as Clive was, the musical part of his brain was unaffected, as was his passionate love for Deborah. Finding there was no way to bring Clive back home, Deborah eventually listened to friends who counselled her to get away, and she fled to America to start her life again. She initiated a divorce, fell for other men, but found it difficult to forget her love for Clive. starting to recover some of his memory, and she was pulled back to England. Today, although he still lives in care, they are closer than ever, and they renewed their marriage vows in 2002. This is the story of an extreme medical condition that is a reminder of what it is to be human. It is a woman's quest to understand, control, and escape from a nightmare. It is also insight into a bond that runs deeper than conscious thought, a love overcoming the most tragic handicap.

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Пользовательский отзыв  - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing

Imagine one day your husband falls sick with the flu. The next day is his incoherent and delusional. You rush him to the hospital, only to discover that a virus has completely destroyed the memory ... Читать весь отзыв

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Пользовательский отзыв  - Meggo - LibraryThing

I was very torn about this book. On the one hand, it is the absolutely fascinating, and tragic tale of a musician and conductor who suffered a devastating form of amnesia after a bout of encephalitis ... Читать весь отзыв

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Deborah Wearing campaigned for ten years for special medical services for the brain-damaged, and founded The Amnesia Association. She now combines writing with her work as an administrator for Britain's National Health Service.

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