A brilliant conductor and BBC music producer, Clive was at the height of his success when the illness struck. This is the story of a life lived outside time, and of a marriage, of a bond that runs deeper than conscious thought. Full description. It takes us deep inside the question of what it means to be human. In Forever Today she takes us further than ever into this remarkable experience.
The man who lost his memory: the moving true story of an English musician crippled by total amnesia, by his wife. Convert currency.
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Add to Basket. Book Description Corgi, Condition: New. Seller Inventory mon More information about this seller Contact this seller. Language: English. Brand new Book. Clive Wearing has one of the most extreme cases of amnesia ever known. In , a virus completely destroyed a part of his brain essential for memory, leaving him trapped in a limbo of the constant present. Every conscious moment is for him as if he has just come round from a long coma, an endlessly repeating loop of awakening.
As damaged as Clive was, the musical part of his brain seemed unaffected, as was his passionate love for Deborah, his wife. For seven years he was kept in the London hospital where the ambulance first dropped him off, because there was nowhere else for him to go.
Deborah desperately searched for treatments and campaigned for better care. After Clive was finally established in a new special hospital, she fled to America to start her life over again. But she found she could never love another the way she loved Clive. Then Clive's memory unaccountably began to improve, ten years after the illness first struck. She returned to England.
Today, although Clive still lives in care, and still has the worst case of amnesia in the world, he continues to improve. They renewed their marriage vows in This is the story of a life lived outside time, a story that questions and redefines the essence of what it means to be human. Our former selves snicker behind their hands as they pack.
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They cannot wait. Some might say the romance of this romantic trip began the morning we left for Paris. Others might argue that, as the plane tilted and rumbled across the Atlantic and my wrist swelled to the size of a prune, that was when the real romance began.
Others, though, would zoom in on that first night in the closet-sized Parisian hotel room with the slanted stairs and slanted floors, the room spinning from what I would in retrospect properly label as vertigo, my mind flooding with the dreadful realization that every corner of Paris does not smell like the pages of glossy lady magazines. The romance, they would argue, sprang to life the moment I became aware that when you walk the streets of Paris for the very first time, you do not always feel like a great glowing god, optimistic and invincible.
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In fact, it is possible to feel queasy and ugly and stupid on the streets of Paris. It is possible to find the French themselves a teensy bit too French. He was looking back with worried eyes, wondering if, like Paris itself, he was a big letdown. And in that exceptionally frightening and thus deeply romantic moment, it was suddenly possible to find this handsome, smart, amazing future husband … disappointing.
This is what all of your former selves are debating in delighted tones as you take the fast train from Paris to Biarritz, your head spinning and your bee sting, now the size of a plum, throbbing. This is not how your arrogant father behaved when he was traveling, your former selves remind you. Your dad dove in and blustered his way through it all, and you felt safe and secure if sometimes slightly embarrassed. Your future husband has no bluster.
His fears amplify your fears.
This moment, as the train pulls into Biarritz and your self-hatred starts to upstage your hatred of your amazing future husband, might just be the starting point of the real, true romance. You might as well be at The Grove in Los Angeles. This is not the real France, the real Europe. You arrived a decade too late — maybe two or three decades too late. He has nothing to say, you can see that now. He tries to make up for it by reading street signs out loud in a cheerful voice, like some kind of confused half-wit.
He is awkward and he is wearing — is that a golf shirt? Here is where the roller coaster starts climbing the really steep hill that will almost certainly bring your death.
Why a man , though? Your former selves whisper as your oversized luggage orders a second lukewarm beer.
Why spend the rest of your life with a man , of all things? Men, you now see clearly, are tedious beasts with nothing to offer and nothing to add. Why not bring your closest female friends to Europe? Why do you and your lady friends isolate yourselves into miserable pairs instead? Why not marry your friends? Today, although he still lives in care, they are closer than ever. This is the story of an extreme condition that is a reminder of what it means to be human. Finally, it is insight into a bond that runs deeper than conscious thought, a love overcoming the most tragic handicap.
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