Come on Granddad
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Come on Granddad is a novel about the right way and wrong way of looking after someone with Alzheimer’s. It is a disease much feared, yet, as we see here, with the understanding and love of those surrounding the sufferer, much can be done to ease their condition.
When he shows the first signs of Alzheimer’s, David’s wife Phoebe is unsympathetic. She married him for his money, and now his changing behaviour threatens to embarrass her, so she just wants him locked away where no one will find him. However, David, knows his wife only too well and makes a will whilst he is still of sound mind, that cuts her out of any inheritance completely, unless she allows him to be nursed at home.
True love comes late and unexpectedly to David when he meets Constance. She is the one who supports him through the shock of diagnosis, and helps him cope with Alzheimer’s, as his condition worsens. Constance’s love gives him the calm and stability he needs…but also, at last, a joyful love affair.
Edward Evans’s novel offers a unique insight into the experiences and suffering of Alzheimer’s patients. David tells his own story through the thoughts he cannot communicate to others. As he charts the slow and painful destruction of his mind by this terrible disease, we share the horror and pain of Phoebe’s callous behaviour and the poignant last grasp at love in his relationship with the lovely Constance. At times shocking and almost unbearably sad, Come on Granddad is also a testament to the transformative power of love. Constance’s love nurtures David as his mind deteriorates, slows the process and makes the experience easier for all to bear. We see that in pain there can also be joy; we see that love can come at any age, and in Come on Granddad we share the happiness that David and Constance find with each other despite David’s illness.
Info: 260 pages | 234 x 156mm