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Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry

Strange Relation A Memoir of Marriage Dementia and Poetry A thoughtful and lucid tale of love companionship and heartbreaking illness Lydia DavisIn Rachel Hadas s husband George Edwards a composer and professor of music at Columbia University was d

  • Title: Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry
  • Author: Rachel Hadas
  • ISBN: 9781589880610
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness Lydia DavisIn 2004 Rachel Hadas s husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of sixty one Strange Relation is her account of losing George Her narrative begins when George s illness can no longer A thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness Lydia DavisIn 2004 Rachel Hadas s husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of sixty one Strange Relation is her account of losing George Her narrative begins when George s illness can no longer be ignored, and ends in 2008 soon after his move to a dementia facility when, after thirty years of marriage, she finds herself no longer living with her husband Within the cloudy confines of those difficult years, years when reading and writing were an essential part of what kept her going, she tried to keep track tried to tell the truth A piercingly honest account of life with a brilliant man as he descends into dementia Reeve Lindbergh If only all doctors and nurses and social workers who care for the chronically ill could read this book If only patients and family members stricken with such losses could receive what this book can give them Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University Like an elegy, Strange Relation is about loss and grief Like all elegies, it also memorializes and celebrates Robert Pinsky Strange Relation snaps with bravery, intelligence, and Hadas s tart, candid wisdom Molly PeacockRachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University in Newark She is the author of many books, including The River of Forgetfulness, Laws, Indelible, and Halfway Down the Hall New Selected Poems She co edited the anthology The Greek Poets Homer to the Present.

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    About "Rachel Hadas"

    1. Rachel Hadas

      Rachel Hadas, is a teacher, writer, and the author of numerous books of poetry,essays, and translations She has been a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

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    1. Strange Relation is a compelling memoir by my friend, the poet Rachel Hadas of Rutgers, in which she describes the progression of her husband George's early-onset dementia and the ways in which she coped through literature and writing. It's powerful and uplifting, despite the trials she and her son have undergone. For me, as a husband and English teacher, the book took me to two places: 1) as a husband, I began to examine my own behavior to see how many "walls" I have erected that isolate me fro [...]


    2. Strange Relation by Rachel Hadas is a memoir in which Hadas shares how she managed to cope with the progression of her husband's dementia. It is an honest, achingly personal account of how she turned to literature and poetry, her most faithful companions, to help her endure her husband's deteriorating condition and the deepening silence. This is not a book full of facts on how to handle your spouse's diagnoses with dementia. It is the deeply personal account of how one woman tried to keep hersel [...]


    3. One thing about reading on a Kindle, you can't easily see how far along you are in a book. This is one of those books you cherish, want to look up words and poems mentioned and/or cited, and yet even though time stops as you read it, you'd still like to know you're what - a third of the way along?I bought it on the Kindle because I did not think the local libraries would buy it, although I may ask them to. Jesse Kornbluth says in effect that this is not just another wife's telling of losing her [...]


    4. This book moved me deeply, partly because my grandmother also has a similar form of dementia which has been difficult emotionally for me to deal with. The fact that Hadas includes so many thoughts about writing and literature makes this memoir unique and memorable. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone else who has found that literature and reading have become an inexplicable part of their personal life. Full review here: thebluebookcase/2



    5. I have now read a handful of memoirs by women who are caring for husbands with neurodegenerative diseases. Hadas' tale is well written, and if you are a poetry aficionado, you will probably love it. However, I was put off by her self absorption. While I understand her anguish, she seems almost angry at her husband for much of the book. Signs of empathy and caring were few and far between. For this reason, I liked "Dignifying Dementia" and "Relentless Goodbye" much better.


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