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Wie ich mich einmal in alles verliebte: Roman (edition 2010)

by Stefan Merrill Block, Marcus Ingendaay (Übersetzer)

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Title:Wie ich mich einmal in alles verliebte: Roman
Authors:Stefan Merrill Block
Other authors:Marcus Ingendaay (Übersetzer)
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The Story of Forgetting: A Novel by Stefan Merrill Block

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Although at times the author intruded with writing that trumpeted how clever he was, the story itself was very pleasurable and unique. The structural elements themselves were interesting to watch unfold (chapters alternate between the two protagonists' points of view and information about the fabled world). In the end, although somewhat predictable, the story is uplifting. I enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author, hoping he will have solved those "writerly" issues while working on his second novel. ( )
  Laine-Cunningham | Oct 16, 2013 |
This is a beautifully tragic book, about love loss and the importance of memories. A family's history of dealing with a fictional type of Alzheimer's pairs well with the fairy tale version of life without memories that they have come up with over the generations to deal with the loss of such.

I enjoyed the story of Seth and Abel and their relationships with Jamie, a woman facing this disease. It is a lyrical book, full of wonderful prose. It is a cautionary tale of holding on too tightly to memories that are destined only to fade in the minds of the people who should hold them tightly.

This is a well researched fiction, though never did I feel as though it was a textbook about a fake disease. The balance was walked perfectly for this reader's suspension of disbelief. ( )
  HippieLunatic | Aug 20, 2013 |
Wonderful book! Close to the heart with my family, though their alzheimers is not early onset. Wonderful, touching, interesting, captivating book! ( )
  LisMB | Nov 17, 2011 |
When 15-year-old Seth Waller's mother shows undeniable signs of early onset Alzheimer's disease, he realizes how little he knows of his family history. His mother never talked about her childhood, not even her maiden name or the town she lived in. Seth never knew his grandparents, and never met any other relatives. He begins researching the disease, manages to get his hands on information identifying other patients near his Texas hometown, and tries to discover genetic links between these patients and his mother.

Meanwhile, Abel Haggard lives a quiet, solitary life on a farm he has gradually sold off for new real estate development. Now in his 70s, Abel has lost everyone dear to him, including his twin brother and his brother's wife. Abel's family has also been touched by early onset Alzheimer's. Both Seth and Abel bring the reader into their world, to share the pain of living and dealing with Alzheimer's. Through Seth, you helplessly watch a parent's condition deteriorate, and you share Seth's fear of inheriting the condition. Abel knows he was spared, but like Seth he loved someone who left him far too young.

The link between Seth and Abel is revealed to the reader before the characters discover it themselves. This adds an element of suspense or anticipation to the story, and an extra layer of depth and complexity. Stefan Block developed rich, memorable characters and showed particular sensitivity in his portrayal of older people and Alzheimer's sufferers, making for an impressive debut novel. ( )
  lauralkeet | Oct 6, 2011 |
I really liked how the author blended in the fairy tale (I'm calling it that for lack of a better phrase) of Isidora throughout the story; it provided a measure of continuity to what might otherwise have been a somewhat disjointed book. It's easy to peg the conclusion from the beginning but I still really enjoyed getting through this story! ( )
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Mr. Block has found an unusually roundabout, fanciful way of telling the story of one family’s genetic destiny. And “The Story of Forgetting” does not confine its eccentricity to the distant past. Nothing about Mr. Block’s narrative is predictable or even suitably bleak, given the nature of the illness he addresses. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, made grimmer by the new scientific certitude of genetic testing, is at the heart of this emotional roller coaster of a novel.
 
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Abel Haggard is an elderly hunchback who haunts the remnants of his family's farm in the encroaching shadow of the Dallas suburbs, adrift in recollections of those he loved and lost long ago. Hundreds of miles to the south, in Austin, Seth Waller is a teenage "Master of Nothingness" - a prime specimen of that gangly breed of adolescent that vanishes in a puff of sarcasm at the slightest threat of human contact. When his mother is diagnosed with a rare disease, Seth sets out on a quest to find her lost relatives and uncover the truth of her genetic history. Though neither knows of the other's existence, Abel and Seth are linked by a dual legacy: the disease that destroys the memories of those they love, and the story of Isidora-a land without memory where nothing is ever possessed, so nothing can be lost. (978-0-8129-7982-4)
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"Abel Haggard is an elderly hunchback who haunts the remnants of his family's farm in the encroaching shadow ofthe Dallas suburbs, adrift in recollections of those he loved and lost long ago. As a young man he believed himself to be "the one person too many"; now he is all that remains. Hundreds of miles to the south, in Austin, Seth Waller is a teenage "Master of Nothingness" - a prime specimen of that gangly, pimple-rashed, too-smart breed of adolescent that vanishes in a puff of sarcasm at the slightest threat of human contact. When his mother is diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's, Seth sets out on a quest to find her lost relatives and to conduct an "empirical investigation" that will uncover the truth of her genetic history. Though neither knows of the other's existence, Abel and Seth are linked by a dual legacy: the disease that destroys the memories of those they love, and the story of Isidora - an edenic fantasy world free from the sorrows of remembrance, a land without memory where nothing is ever possessed, so nothing can be lost." "Through the fusion of myth, science, and storytelling, this novel offers a dazzling illumination of the hard-learned truth that only through the loss of what we consider precious can we understand the value of what remains."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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