Review: Amy Bloom chronicles the hard decisions around a diagnosis of Alzheimer's in In Love

By Frank O'Shea
June 3 2022 - 2:00pm
  • In Love, by Amy Bloom. Granta, $29.99.

Alzheimer's disease is nature's ultimate insult to humankind, a thief of the soul. Many people have had experience of someone who became a victim. They have seen a person who no longer recognises those once loved, only an occasional smile or hold of the hand to indicate that there is still some life. It is an incurable condition, though the person will eventually die from another illness. It cannot on its own be used as a reason for Voluntary Assisted Dying in the Australian states where such legislation exists.