Recommendation for a stroke victim

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Recommendation for a stroke victim

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 22, 2020, 1:20pm

I have "read the topic "Recommendations for an Elderly Lady" and I don't think what I am after is in there. Someone I know has had a couple of strokes that have left her with difficulty with concentration and short term memory. However, her reading ability is still lightning fast - I think she wants something with good fun characters, a fast pace, a lot of recaputulation and not too demanding a plot. I saw the Alexander McCall Smith recommendation, and I might try those. I am also trying a Rex Stout whodunnit. Historical fiction has been a favourite of hers, and she has read a lot. Can anyone suggest anything else on top of this?

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 22, 2020, 1:46pm

My friend suffered a serious stroke a few years ago. She has difficulty communicating but apparently can read just fine. She was raving about My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. It is about love, medicine and the civil war.

joulukuu 22, 2020, 2:06pm

For your own information about strokes, you might find My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor interesting.

joulukuu 22, 2020, 3:01pm

She might get more out of graphic novels. When I was simultaneously dealing with extreme sleep deprivation, recovery from concussions, migraines that might have disguised microstrokes, and frequent distractions, I still wanted to read. The problem was not only getting through a paragraph but also remembering what it said later. That was too difficult with a standard novel. Small amounts of text with corresponding images weren't.

Some graphic novels have complex plots and an expectation that the reader remembers details through multiple books; however, some have simple but quick-moving plots with recapitulation at the start of chapters or the reintroduction of characters.

For a quick view of what's available in this format, here's a tagmash.,+historical+fiction,+mystery

joulukuu 22, 2020, 3:27pm

P G Wodehouse might work, if she hasn’t read too many of them all already.

joulukuu 23, 2020, 1:41pm

Folks - thanks very much for the suggestions. I had thought of Wodehouse, and I have a shelf full I could lend her. I have one graphic novel, and I'll think on it just as an example. I think she very much wants a stream of words, though. I will look into Oliveira's book too - I am fairly sure she hasn't spent much time with Amrican fiction, so if I think it is her sort of thing it would be a safe bet for something she has not seen before.

maaliskuu 14, 10:57pm

My mom had a stroke nearly 2 years ago. She’s made a tremendous recovery already but still has difficulty reading, which is heartbreaking as she was such a voracious reader, and could read several languages. But she persisted and gained back a lot of her previous abilities. She’s now going through our childhood bookshelves, and currently Roald Dahl is proving to be exactly what she needs. Good plots, not too hard language, and stories she knows well enough to fill in the gaps when needed.

I wish your friend will recover enough to enjoy reading again. We’re so privileged to have this ability to pick up any book and immerse ourselves in other worlds, we easily forget how extraordinary that is, and that not everyone has this chance. Good luck to all the stroke survivors out there.