Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Away from Her

Away from Her is adapted into a motion picture (a Sarah Polley's film) from Alice Munro's short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Honestly, it was the book cover that attracted me to it; hence, I bought it and set out to read.

This is a story of Grant, a retired professor and Fiona, his wife who is gradually losing her memory and forgetting things. She succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. Even though there was no mention of Alzheimer's, the symptoms were evident. Grant admitted her into Meadowlake, an institution to treat such cases. There, she forged a close friendship with another inmate, Aubrey. Aubrey was wheelchair-bound and he too was fond of Fiona. Grant visited Fiona constantly and watched her and Aubrey from a distance. Fiona cannot recognize her husband.

This is a touching story. I can’t quite make out the ending, and I will re-read it, many times if I have to, to grasp its meaning (Sarah Polley re-reads it very often too). If you are interested, the full text of the short story can be found
here. I like the movie trailer.

"Sometimes you have to let go of what you can't live without."