on July 12, 2009
Wow, what an interesting condition to have! As you read, you begin to sense, at times, what it must be like to live with hyperthymestic syndrome (aka steal trap memory ;-)). Still, I wonder how much objectivity she has over her memory. She suggests she does, but I remain skeptical.
The book is rather repetitive at times. I found myself saying "I get it, already!" though I wonder if anyone really can appreciate how it is to live life in her shoes. I was, however, hoping for a more clinical approach to her story, I guess. Something a little more (academically) insightful. I enjoyed most the passages where she is talking about her memory in reference to the 'norm'; how the experts classify or explain her situation. I would have liked to learn more about the gamut of tests she has to take and what they were measuring/comparing and how it all worked.
Yet for these downfalls, still, if you persevere her life story is rather touching at the end; when she finds love.
I'm not a big biography/memoir person, but this is a fast read about a regular person with an unique condition as she makes her way through life the best she can.
I enjoyed the book, but wouldn't put it on any top 10 lists.