This month’s book club fiction choice was Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
Book description from Amazon
When Alice finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer’s Disease she is just fifty years old. A university professor, wife, and mother of three, she still has so much more to do – books to write, places to see, grandchildren to meet. But when she can’t remember how to make her famous Christmas pudding, when she gets lost in her own back yard, when she fails to recognise her actress daughter after a superb performance, she comes up with a desperate plan. But can she see it through? Should she see it through? Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads. But she is still Alice.
It is not my intention here to simply review the books I read with my club as websites such as Amazon and Goodreads do a great job of this.
Instead, I intend to highlight a discussion thread which arose within my own small group during our afternoon analysis of the book and offer it in brief for you to consider too.
Today’s thread was a biggie … euthanasia
The British House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics defines euthanasia as “a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering” There are different euthanasia laws in each country.
Our group considered whether we thought euthanasia should be considered on a case by case basis. We were divided. I was amazed. Every other time in the past that this subject has been discussed in my presence the consensus has been a resounding “No”. Some of my group admitted to having changed their minds after experiences within their own families. I’m still thinking about it as I write this.